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Bioeconomy Cluster
BEC

Slovakia: West Slovakia
Katarina Blicklingova

Overview

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About us

Bioeconomy Cluster creates an innovation ecosystem for the knowledge and technology transfer between research and agri-food industry (SMEs) including relevant policies through mutual cooperation. The mission of BEC is to ensure economically and environmentally efficient use and protection of natural resources by promoting innovation and cooperation between various actors in bioeconomy. 

BEC was established in 2015 as a result of bottom-up networking pressure of agri-food and other bio-based stakeholders in Slovakia. It is actively engaged in European and national policies in agricultural innovation, in supporting and networking of SMEs, as well as in connecting the entities of knowledge triangle. The members of BEC are SMEs operating mainly in the agri-food sector, with horizontal focus on bioeconomy and bio-based solutions. Strategic members are represented by agricultural university, agri-food research centre and education.

BEC facilitates a good interconnection of different partners in the area of bioeconomy at national level and it is strong in agri-food and bioeconomy policy research, rural development research, cluster development and value chain development.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 17
    Cluster Members
  • 14
    SME's
  • 0
    Large Companies
  • 2
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  • BEC is preparing and pilot testing its own voucher scheme to support innovations in SMEs 
  • BEC elaborated a study on the contribution of bioeconomy to the CAP Strategic Plan of the Slovak Republic for the period 2021 - 2027,
  • Experts of BEC contributed to the establishment of the Transfer Centre at the AgroBioTech Research Centre of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra,
  • BEC contributed to the establishment of EIT Food Hub at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra.

Management team

Katarina Blicklingova
Katarina Blicklingova
Cluster Manager
Daniel Acs
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Professional, scientific and technical activities:M74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing - A\: Human necessities:Foods or foodstuffs; their treatment, not covered by other classes
S3 EU priority areas
Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Advisory Services
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
INTERREG

Name & description

Project name

Danube S3 Cluster - Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro-food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region (http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/danube-s3-cluster)

CHAIN REACTIONS - Driving smart industrial growth through value chain innovation (https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/CHAIN-REACTIONS.html

KETGATE - Central European SME Gateway to Key-enabling Technology Infrastructures - Sparking a new Transnational KET Innovation Ecosystem (https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/KETGATE.html)

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

China

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Hungary
Romania

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Further information

Bioeconomy Cluster is engaged in the implementation of projects with the partners mainly from the countries of Danube Region using various funding schemes. Moreover, BEC promotes the members in various events, disseminate the information about funding opportunities, conferences and support them in internationalization activities.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 05.10.2020
Bioeconomy Cluster in new Horizon 2020 project CO-FRESH