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ICT Cluster Plovdiv

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 10 October, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Южен централен (Yuzhen tsentralen)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other Label: 
ESCP-4i label for European Strategic Cluster Partnership
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Association of Business Clusters
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Cloud Technologies
Computer Software
S3 EU priority areas: 
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Experience Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME 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: 
Cluster Strategy

Mission:Promoting, supporting and developing cooperation between all companies, educational institutions and government institutions in the field of information and communication technologies in order to create profitable conditions for their development, enhancing their competitive advantages in both national and international level.   Objectives: • To work to improve the conditions for access and applying information and communication technologies in Plovdiv and the region; • To carry out initiatives aiming at expanding the participation of the city of Plovdiv in the global IT markets; • To implement projects related to the promotion and realization of the benefits of information and communication technologies in small and medium-sized enterprises from other economic sectors; • To support the development and promotion of the human resources of Bulgaria in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT); • To contribute to an increase in initiatives and joint activities of the participants in the Bulgarian ICT society; • To support an adequate and modern government by promoting the relations between the public and the private sector; • To increase the interest of young people in information technologies; • To participate in national and international organizations and associations with similar objectives; • To turn Plovdiv into one of the main centers of development of information and communication technologies with national and international significance and scale; • To build an appropriate infrastructure with an adequate number of trained specialists in order to attract big companies to start operations and invest in the region.    

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 collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
ICT Cluster Bulgaria
Srednogorie Industrial Cluster
Green Synergy Cluster
Trakia Economic Zone Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)


2. START- Danube Region Project Fund

  1. COSME, Cluster Excellence Programme

  2. Danube ICT Clusters’ Sustainable Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth /START - Danube Region Project Fund/

  3. "Support for the development of clusters in Bulgaria'', Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" /European Regional Development Fund/ 


Success Story / Achievements: 

1. Cross-industry collaboration with Cluster Trakia Economic Zone /the biggest economic zone in Bulgaria/.

2. Collaboration with other clusters, mainly with ''Srednogorie Industrial Cluster'', with whom we have shared our expertise and know-how to develop and implement new educational programs for professions in secondary schools /discussions and advices given by our cluster members that are educational institutions/. ICT Cluster Plovdiv received a positive feedback with actual results (new classes) achieved by Srednogorie Industrial Cluster.

3. ICT Cluster Plovdiv is a co-organizer of two of the biggest business conferences in Plovdiv, named Outsourcing Destination Bulgaria, in 2014 and 2015. The conferences are great platfroms where it had more than 300 participants from the ITO&BPO industry, and we had the honor to attend officially the President of Republic of Bulgaria. 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

ICT Cluster Plovdiv has very opened for collaboration members, which are key players of the Information technologies and communications sector on a regional level. They are ready not only for realization of cross-industry and cross-cluster activities, but also for a B2B meetings and joint initiatives and cooperation.

Very important fact is that the Municipality of Plovdiv is a co-founder of the ICT Cluster Plovdiv. That means that we are a perfect example for a collaboration between BUSINESS - EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS - LOCAL AUTHORITY.