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iVita (Health technology cluster iVita)

Lithuania: Lithuania
Diana Vertelkienė

Overview

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About us

Mission. Why we are?
Together we develop, support, and promote knowledge sharing, innovation, R&D, networking, and collaboration focusing on the public health sector and its actors.         
 
Vision. Who we want to be?

To become a cohesive, dynamic, and competitive health technology cluster in Europe that interacts with the public health sector and is recognized nationally and internationally. 

          
 
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Vocational training

Cluster composition

  • 25
    Cluster Members
  • 18
    SME's
  • 4
    Large Companies
  • 2
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Health technology cluster iVita cluster management achievements

Health technology cluster iVita was the first one that got the European quality mark of cluster management in Lithuania on 10th October, 2014. On 2018 it was renewed by repeating the same benchmarking process. 

“We are glad that the practice of this cluster was evaluated and appreciated in the European standards. We were the first ones who got this mark of cluster management quality in Lithuania. This shows that we can develop ourselves successfully and align with the other European clusters.” – says Diana Vertelkienė, the coordinator of the health technology cluster iVita.

Today iVita participates in the new Baltic Sea Region Cluster Manager Education program, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, started in Early September (09.2020) with 24 participants from 8 countries – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden.

For more information on the education: https://www.clustereducation.com/

Management team

Diana Vertelkienė
Cluster Manager
Gintaras Rimša
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Information and communication:J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities - Professional, scientific and technical activities:M72 Scientific research and development - Human health and social work activities:Q86 Human health activities
Technology fields
G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Communication
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

Why it's worth being a member?
 
  1. Events and meetings aimed to spreading news, competencies and communication: • Members of cluster have opportunity to find out about good practice from other companies and apply it in their own; • Opportunity to initiate mutual projects and business activities, related to purchase, supply or other activities of interest; • Development of organisation activities process (meetings take place according to principle of rotation); • Consultations about confronting any daily activity problem (e.g. when releasing a new product a consultation about product labeling is needed).
  2. United participation in exhibitions, resulting in decreased expenses;
  3. Membership forms a good image for your organisation (public relations) through partnership and collaboration with other organisations;
  4. Advertisement tools for own communication;
  5. Sharing important information and collaboration between cluster members using mutual communication tools;
  6. Opportunity to generate new EU project ideas, support from experienced project promoters, easier partner approachability and reliance, forming new business ideas while communicating with each other;
  7. Joint marketing activities and costs for promoting mutually developed wellness products and services;
  8. Wellness cluster iVita is active and widely known as good practice example, this can have positive influence on getting an approval for new EU funding applications (wellness cluster iVita is represented as one of the best examples in Lithuania);
  9. Recognition and visibility of cluster in Lithuania and on international level (at the moment cluster coordinator strives to increase cluster's recognition outside Lithuania by  implementing project funded by the Baltic Sea Region “BRS Stars” financing tool “Innovation Express” programme and through other effective marketing tools);
  10. Increasing network of contacts: opportunity to use connections between clusters economy subjects in their network of connections;
  11. Opportunity to attend various workshops and seminars with smaller fees (e.g.: opportunity to organise group training with external expert, inviting other cluster members to take part in a specific seminar);
  12. Wellness cluster iVita newsletter, where you can publish your information;
  13. Various publicity increase tools for cluster while forming a good image about your organisation and mutual partnership with other companies;
  14. Time well spent while pursuing mutual aim – making community healthier.

Support training services for cluster managers/policy makers

Support of knowledge sharing - Connecting to other actors or signposting to vocational training

Upskilling and reskilling expertise

Internationalisation - Strategy development - EU project development

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Vocational training

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 Other

Name & description

Project name

Programme call: BSR Innovation Express
Project name: International network gates to Germany (IntergatesDE)
Project period: 01/04/2017/-30/09/2018
 
 
Programme call: ITEA 2 Call 8, Challenge: Ageing society & wellbeing Project name: CareWare - Smart wearable sport and health solutionsProject 13034
Project period: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Project partners: 16
Project countries: BELGIUM, FRANCE, LITHUANIA
Project leader: Eolane Les Ulis (France)
Project partners from Lithuania: AB "Audimas", Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuanian Sports University (LSU)

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
Kazakhstan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Germany
Italy
Poland
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Ou cluster usually participates in international exhibitions for sport and fitness and rehabilitation (for example, FIBO, OT World, Medica ) and business missions (last year we had business mission to Germany for international projects (H2020, „Eureka“, „Eurostars" ant other) partners search).

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