Since 1990, IFKA Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft. has primarily supported the development activities of small and medium-sized enterprises that are the engine of economic development, mentoring companies, and the development of the entrepreneurial environment and culture.
The priority task of the public benefit company is to help Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises in the search for available European Union and domestic resources, in the creation of the necessary knowledge and information base, as well as in learning about best practices.
Richárd Szabados graduated from the University of Debrecen with a degree in economics, specializing in finance and accounting, and is also a certified tax consultant and chartered accountant. He started his career at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen, then held management positions in the corporate and leasing areas at Budapest Bank, K&H Bank, and CIB Bank. For the past seven years, he led Erste Bank’s Corporate business, was a board member of Garantiqa Hitelgarancia Zrt., and a member of the board of trustees of the Agricultural Enterprise Credit Guarantee Foundation. Board member of the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association.
“Our goal is for IFKA to fulfill its tasks arising from its public benefit nature in such a way that, in addition to providing domestic SMEs with grant funding, it is able to provide complex business development support, helping Hungarian businesses to implement their development and business building plans even more effectively than before” – stressed Richard Szabados in connection with his appointment.
The dedicated tasks of the organization include the implementation of tasks related to the implementation of the strategy for the strengthening of Hungarian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME strategy) defined for the period 2019-2030. In addition, IFKA is the operator of the Modern Sample Operation Program I (formerly: Industry 4.0 Sample Factories) priority project, which aims to promote and support the organizational renewal and technological change of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, thereby improving their competitiveness.