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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 17 March, 2004
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
European Construction Technology Platform
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Construction Products and Services
Technology fields: 
Construction methods and equipment
Management of construction process & life
S3 EU priority areas: 
Civil engineering
Construction of buildings
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Innovation management, circular economy, new business model development, eco-innovation
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Varis Lendava d.d.
Remty-R d.o.o.
Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK d.o.o.
Technology Center
Razpon d.o.o.
EVIP institute
Technology Center
E-NETSI d.o.o.
Corus inženiriji d.o.o.
360 Arhitekturni posnetki
University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering
Research Organisation
Tehnis Media Group d.o.o.
Zavod Boter
Fibran Nord d.o.o.
Cluster Strategy

CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER OF SLOVENIA (SLOVENSKI GRADBENI GROZD, Acronym SGG) is an Economic Interest Grouping (not-for-profit)and an innovation cluster. The main goal of the cluster is to improve domestic and international competitiveness of its members through commercial cooperation and networking, R&D and innovation, education, training and policy action. The cluster was established in 2004. SGG is aimed at the broad scope of companies with a wider field of building and construction, especially for energy efficient and sustainable construction and renovation of buildings, new materials, products and services, and business models - but also all the other organizations that are related to construction or to sustainable development of the built environment, green, and circular economy. SGG is a member of European Construction Technology Platform and of the E2B association (Energy Efficient Buildings).


The mission or purpose of the cluster is to support and promote:

• access to new skills, the development of competencies and technologies needed to ensure competitive advantage

• innovation, commercialization of innovation and access to the market and new customers, and hence economic growth

• development and business cooperation between cluster members and the sector in order to optimize the use of their own resources

• cross sectoral cooperation and participation in new value chains to open new business opportunities

• international development and business cooperation with the aim of expanding into new markets.


Slovenian construction cluster services:


  • Establishing active participation in the cluster: planning strategies and activities, building mutual trust, finding synergies and competences, ensuring the dynamics of cooperation with research and development, education and public organizations
  • Training and transfer of knowledge, development of innovation and other competences
  • Workshops for the introduction of modern business practices, customer recognition, partners, technological trends, policies, training in the areas of innovation management, the development of business models, and the use of business modelling tools for various business processes.
  • Promoting innovation and business development: consulting and innovation coaching to support the development of innovation processes in the company, the renovation and design of new business models, the realization of breakthrough innovations, the achievement of new clients, integration into the operation and cluster activities, R & D projects and internationalization.
  • Information and promotion: news, current calls, opportunities for participation in R & D projects, establishing identity and maintaining visibility, active participation in social networks LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter.
  • Networking with project partners, clusters, grape connections and platforms, initiatives, through sectoral, cross-border, continuity of communication, maintaining contacts, including through social networks, establishing long-term connections in Slovenia and beyond, in the segment of development and innovation actors.
  • R & D and innovation projects: preparation and management of national and EU R & D projects and innovation projects, Membership, Networking and Partnering, Financing (EU, national resources), dissemination and exploitation of results.
  • Development of new and transformation of value chains, development and business cooperation, new business processes and cross sectoral cooperation.
  • Internationalization: networking and integration into cross-border development and business links and cooperation, entering new markets outside the EU, participation in international missions to foreign markets, establishing bilateral cooperation, establishing joint R & D and innovation activities and projects.


SGG key infrastructure is a network (national, EU) of stakeholders from industry, research and public sector and expertise in managing their collaboration and involvement in R&D and innovation. 



Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

· Access to the European Internal market:  · Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external):  · Support of knowledge transfer:  · Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation:  · Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.):   

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Russian Federation
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)

ECCA: European Circular Construction Alliance - adopting Circular Economy for internationalization and global competitiveness of European SMEs in Building and Construction — ECCA, COSME; 2014, project coordinator EE-HIGHRISE, Energy Efficient demo multiresidental high rise building, www.ee-highrise.eu, FP7, Work package leader NEWBEE, Novel Business model generator for Energy Efficiency in construction and retrofitting, www.newbee.eu , FP7,    Work package leader ICECLAY, Highly efficient production of ultra-lightweight clay-aerogel materials and their integrated composites for building insulation, http://iceclay-fp7.eu/ ,       FP7    Work package leader MESSIB, Multi-source Energy Storage System Integrated in Buildings, www.messib.eu, FP7, Work package leader OPEN HOUSE , Benchmarking and mainstreaming building sustainability in the EU based on transparency and openness (open source and availability) from model to implementation, www.openhouse-fp7.eu,     FP7    Work package leader STEELPROST ,  Innovative fire protective coatings for steel structures, http://www.steelconstruct.com/steelprost/  ,     FP7    SME association, partner STOREPET,  Development of PCM-based innovative insulating solutions for the Light-weight building sector, www.storepet-fp7.eu,      FP7,    Project coordinator STEELPROST 2, Demonstration of innovative fire protection coatings for steel structures, P7    SME association, partner BUILD UP Skills Slovenia, Building Skills for Sustainable Building in Slovenia, www.buildupskills.eu, IEE,     Work package leader BUILD YOUR ENGLISH:  Strengthening the linguistic skills of students, graduates from construction schools and construction workers through creating computer application enabling self-learning technical English language, http://buildyourenglish.eu/.  

SGG has leaded dissemination and exploitation activities in a number of EU FP7 projects (MESSIB, OPENHOUSE, EE-HIGHRISE, NEWBEE) and participated in a number of EU FP7 RD projects for SMEs and SME Associations (SILENTWALL, STEELPROST, STOREPET). In 2014 SGG collaborates in two demonstration projects, EE-HIGHRISE and STEELPROST DEMO).   Within these activities SGG acquired a high level of awareness of the importance and aims of the dissemination and exploitation in Framework projects, and a broad expertise and practices in managing these tasks. In addition, with a professional background in construction, building sustainability, construction management and business management, SGG will contribute to all other R&D and demonstration work packages of the project. SGG was coordinator of the STOREPET FP7 project and of the EU COSME project ECCA, aiming to establish European Circular Construction Alliance. Currently SGG is involved in H2020 GELCLAD project, responsible for communication and dissemination, two ERASMUS+ projects in the field of green building skills development (GREB; PEGBS) and LIFE HEATLAND project dealing with overcoming Heat island effect in cities. In Autumn 2018 we will start with the COSME project CYBER SECURE LIGHT, focusing on using lighting fixtures to provide platform for gathering essential data from different sensors and IOT devices.

Relevant Project References: 
SGG has been involved in number of proposal submitted to FP7/H2020, CIP/COSME; IEE, Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus, Marie Currie Actions developing large network of project partners, R&D organisation and industrial actors, mainly SMEs.
Success Story / Achievements: 

Construction Cluster of Slovenia has been leading communication and dissemination activities in number of EU projects (Fp7/CIP/IEE) and have contributed to these activities in number of project proposals. See the SGG web page for details (www.sgg.si). 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

After more than 10 years in active participation in EU research and development projects, skills development project and technology transfer projects we understand the main reasons for successful and unsuccessful implementation of commercialization of innovation. We started as a construction cluster and through transformation we developed services which could help organizations in each sector.

We offer workshops for Business model innovation, which is a new competitive advantage (including for Circular Economy and commercialization of Innovation).  We also offer our networking potential.

We seek for organizations who understand the necessity of change in rapidly changing environment, who are intended to unlock their hidden potential and explore their business models and seek for possibilities for reinvention and are willing to cooperate with independent professionals. We can help them finding solutions to reinvent their value proposition and therefore their profit.

One of the main reasons for startups and enterprises fail is “no-market need” for their products. This not mean that their products or services are useless. It more describing the situation when the understanding about what problems could be solved with the use of the products or services or what “jobs to be done” could be done for the customers is not on the highest level of understanding.

For that reason we help startups, enterprises and other clusters redefine their business model and value proposition to be more successful, sell more and have more profit.

We usually do this with the combination of coaching and workshop facilitation.

Important: this is not only for construction or construction related companies. We can help companies and clusters in various fields of expertise. We can also help companies be more circular, including their business models.