Managing Director of Grant Help Advisory s.r.o. Ing. Jiří Stich has been in the information and telecommunication technologies for almost 20 years. He held various management positions in companies such as Český Telecom, Telefónica, NESS Czech and Atos IT Solutions and Services. He has been dedicated to Smart Concepts for over 10 years. First in the energy sector (Smart Metering, Smart Grid), later in the solutions for smart cities and regions. He was a founding member of the Czech Smart City Cluster and helped establish a friendly Slovak Smart City Cluster as well. He is the author of the Smart Region Ústí nad Labem Region and the Smart Region Olomouc, and in both regions he plays the role of advisor and guide to the Smart Region Commissions and their working groups. As the first entity in the Slovak Republic, he successfully implemented the supplier selection process in the form of the Innovation Partnership under the Public Procurement Act for the City submitter. Apart from the region and the city, he also cooperates with the Czech electricity transmission system operator, ČEPS. This cooperation mainly concerns the areas of source adequacy of the Czech Republic, the strategy of selecting suitable management systems, the Energy Data Hub architecture, the flexibility aggregation and the definition of the innovation strategy. He is a certified evaluator of scientific research applications of the Research and Development Agency of the Slovak Republic.