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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 21 November, 2016
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Bucureşti - Ilfov
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Feodorov
Valentin
Other
0040752522252
valentin.feodorov@startinovare.ro
Cazamir
Bianca
Cluster Manager
0040726126957
bianca.cazamir@startinovare.ro
Languages spoken: 
English
Romanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
CRM - Customer relationship Management
ERP - Electronic Resources Planning
S3 EU priority areas: 
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Innovation Research
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
26
Number of SME members: 
12
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
0
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
UNISON
Larger Company
IRIDEX GROUP PLASTIC
Larger Company
UGIR
University
KAPSCH
Larger Company
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
SME
ISPE
University
Clico Romania
Larger Company
EnergoBit
SME
ISPE
Research Organisation
IntraUrban
SME
Geoterm
SME
Leader Eco
SME
Confero Finance
SME
Neuro Pain
SME
Bento
SME
ICECHIM
Research Organisation
BOCASOFT
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Given the proposed bold vision, strategic objectives are turning to the four key elements related to competitiveness Innovation Start Association: labor competitiveness, strengthening existing players, dynamic business environment and support collaborative actions.  Strategic Objective 1 - HUMAN CAPITAL: The labor force is an essential element of the cluster multidisciplinary sectors since they are principally sub-sectors of services and employees are the main factor of production. The key challenge, therefore, is to provide labor in a volume that encourage and closely follow market trends, volume, skills and competence. Another important issue is the migration of young people, especially university after graduation, both for further studies and to seeking out career opportunities abroad. Given these considerations, START INOVARE Association will support continuous improvement of the quality of education through a direct applicability in practice oriented to increase the human resources available to the sector's competitiveness and attractiveness of training and local business environment. However, it will consider measures to improve the placing on the market for graduates and match-making between educational offer, profile / number of graduates and the needs of the market, in conjunction with expansion plans. To improve the skills of graduates and their alignment with labor market requirements, will organize internship programs, will develop innovation centers at universities to encourage students to develop new products / innovative services that bring added value social environment economic. Strategic Objective 2 - long-term competitiveness: cluster multidisciplinary sectors will strengthen their competitiveness through a better connection to markets / external knowledge networks, business models and accessing oriented product / internal market capitalization.START INOVARE Association will support visionary reinvention of local ICT sector, increasing awareness and supporting sustainability approach and new market niches orientation. It will consider support measures for pooling resources for exploration, critical mass and power contracting in complex projects for penetration and increasing access to new markets. However, START INOVARE cluster will be built in major European and international networks in order to support the internationalization of companies and their integration into global value chains. Strategic Objective 3 - peripheral DYNAMIC: The concept of "periphery dynamic" we refer to as the entire landing of new actors: spin-offs, start-ups, patents implemented, young entrepreneurs and capital for new business ideas - Branding sites image intensive support, visibility and confidence of stakeholders in the cluster START inovare and its results; - Excellence in R & D & I, increase innovation capacity of members of the START INOVARE Association and increase the competitiveness of regional and national economy. Strategic Objective 4 - synergy: In addition to the first three strategic lines of action, a fourth strategic objective for Start INOVARE Association is to develop the Association as a forum for debate and mobilize support from the authorities. We believe that IC&T is part of the future of the region and we want this sector to be prioritized and represent SMART specialization. This approach is long-term thinking, so that in future authorities want to give importance and visibility in local public policy, synergies with funding programs and development of the city and the region as an area of ​​attraction for investors and employees. Standard policy needs to support the local economy be accompanied by a deliberate effort to improve living standards and positioning the region.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
United States
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: 
Austria
Belgium
France
Germany
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

The Innovative Cluster START INOVARE would be interested to submit a proposal, as partner in the call for proposals COS-CLUSINT-2016-03-01: Cluster Go International (Stand 1.a.) and to be involved in the following activities:

ü  Work Package 1 – Enhancement of cluster managers‘ skills towards added value SME support services

ü  Work Package 2 – Development of a comprehensive strategy for the cluster

ü  Work Package 3 – Facilitating cluster cooperation and synergies on skills enhancement and strategy development

ü  Work Package 4 – Awareness raising and dissemination of project outcomes

ü  Work Package 5 – Project Management

 

Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

“Support the initial implementation, testing and further development of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships - Going International (ESCP-4i)” - and a set of objectives for this project:

.            Strengthen the participating clusters’ management excellence to provide more professional innovation and business support services to their SMEs members in implementing the concept of smart cities. The geographical area covers EU countries, EU candidate countries and COSME countries, such as Italy, Romania, Spain, and Greece.

2.            Contribute to the development of clusters excellence in Europe in order to implement the concept of smart cities

3.            Improvement of cluster managers ‘skills through training activities in order to adapt their cluster strategies and services according to the markets they operate in.

4.            Enhance the collaboration among the participating clusters to operate jointly at EU level and to exploit synergies towards common activities and joint strategy development for the long term.

5.            Develop joint strategic plans and actions to generate greater added value for the participating clusters’ members, including through learning and monitoring activities and knowledge exchange experience between partnerships – study visits, workshops, training activities.

 

Our clusters already contacted clusters from other countries and we have a positive answer from SCC Lombardia to collaborate with us for this project.

 

START INOVARE anwered the call and applied for Regional Operational Programme (ROP) 2014-2020

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

We intent to build a a partnership with our cluster in order to apply on COSME programme  in which order we asked some clusters form other european countries if they are interested to collaborate with us. Till now we received 2 positive answers from SCC Lombardia and

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

A set of objectives for Start Inovare:

1.            Strengthen the participating clusters’ management excellence to provide more professional innovation and business support services to their SMEs members in implementing the concept of smart cities. The geographical area covers EU countries, EU candidate countries and COSME countries, such as Italy, Romania, Spain, and Greece.

2.            Contribute to the development of clusters excellence in Europe in order to implement the concept of smart cities

3.            Improvement of cluster managers ‘skills through training activities in order to adapt their cluster strategies and services according to the markets they operate in.

4.            Enhance the collaboration among the participating clusters to operate jointly at EU level and to exploit synergies towards common activities and joint strategy development for the long term.

5.            Develop joint strategic plans and actions to generate greater added value for the participating clusters’ members, including through learning and monitoring activities and knowledge exchange experience between partnerships – study visits, workshops, training activities

 

We would be very happy to embrace any other potential cluster you could propose as a partner in this project, based on you anterior collaborations or on the interest to develop a joint action plan on smart cities and communities.