Common Vision on Research and Technology Transfer Infrastructure
AgroTransilvania Cluster is a professional association of 79 members in field of agri-food (including input suppliers, farmer associations, processors, 3 universities, 5 research institutes, 1 commercial bank, 1 television, 2 consulting companies, 3 local/regional authorities, distributors, catalyzing institutions.)
Through its activity, AgroTransilvania Cluster started and developed collaboration relations in the field of representation, commercial, development, research, etc. with entities (commercial, of research, administrative, etc.) not only from Romania, but also from European countries, members of European Union (Italy, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria - to mention only the most representative) or not (Moldova, Switzerland, Turkey) and from other continents (USA, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, Cuba, Morocco, Israel, etc.).
The cluster acts as a pole of growth, innovation and integration in the agri-food sector, with in order to facilitate and orchestrate the related and complementary relations between all the actors involved, in a joint effort to turn individual competitive advantages into mutual benefits, and, subsequently, to pool all the resources held in a complex process of value growth added in the targeted sector. Fulfilling the development vision and strategic objectives and operational ones will generate positive effects in the medium and long term in the economic environment of territory, and especially in the sector of activity of the cluster. In the medium term they will strengthen relations with the economic, educational and institutional environment, as a fundamental basis for a later collaboration, and in the long run the effect will be more pertinent, the cluster leading to the reduction of disparities between the supply of the economic environment and the requirements consumers.
The mission for whom the management team AgroTransilvania Cluster has been mandated by the General Assembly of Shareholders is to become an Integrator Pole of Research, Innovation, Technology Transfer and Sustainable Development of the Transylvanian agribusiness sector (supporting sustainable competitiveness of the agribusiness sector).
Through the project „AgroTransilvania Cluster-Innovative cluster specialized in the field of bioeconomy ” AgroTransilvania Cluster created a local scientific and technological partnership. The 7 laboratories (Laboratory for the control and safe of milk and dairy products, Laboratory for the control and safe of meat and meat products, Laboratory of instrumental analysis, Laboratory for genomics, Laboratory for determining bio- geographical authenticity and origin, Laboratory for the control and safe of animal feeds, Laboratory for determining the micotoxins / allergens from food and for developing the natural food colorants) created by the project are initiated through the involvement of universities and the Research Institute.
Transylvanian Clusters International Conference
Annually, AgroTransilvania Cluster is involved in the organization and promoting business-specific conferences. The Transylvanian Clusters International Conference https://transylvanianclusters.ro/ with the participation of almost 50 international known speakers at a European level and over 300 participants from all over Europe, like makers of cluster policies, public authorities, financial institutions, support associations and European cluster management organizations, universities, research institutes, companies, NGOs and professional associations - 5 editions dedicated to the business environment were organized, annually, starting with 2015, by the Cluster Consortium from Northern Transylvania, of which AgroTransilvania Cluster is a part.
For cluster members were organized and promoted business sessions.
- Meet and Match - Product Incubation and Technology Transfer, June 2019;
- The EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking Event, organized by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in Collaboration with Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative, June 2019);
Workshops and others specific events
- Workshop "Opportunities for the agro-industrial sector and farmers", February 25 2019, Cluj-Napoca;
- Workshop - How do we motivate women to develop businesses in organic farming ?, May 2019, Cluj;
- Workshop Farming with vision, September 10, 2019, Cluj-Napoca;
- The “Economy” workshop regarding the elaboration of the Development Plan of the County Territory of Cluj County, November 15, 2019, Cluj-Napoca;
- SME Organics: Increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in the green sector – 23 February 2018;
- Workshop "Rural development programs in Romanian agriculture", event March 29, 2018, Cluj-Napoca;
- C-Voucher Circular Economy Workshop Event, July 2018, Cluj-Napoca;
The project “Practical course - „Learn consulting, do consulting”
“Learn, Consulting Do Consulting” course: 6 editions (starting with 2014 until now) - a collaboration between AgroTransilvania Cluster, University of Agricultural Sciences and Medicine Veterinarian from Cluj-Napoca, “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca and Hygia Consult SRL, for carrying out a project for students and master students, through which it is offered training in the field of advice and access to grants, covering and all related costs.
The project "8 x S3 = INTELLIGENT ROMANIA"
Within this project, AgroTransilvania Cluster is part of a consortium of 3 partners. In 2018, AgroTransilvania Cluster obtained a financing amounting to 179,922.80 lei for implementation of the project entitled “8 x S3 = INTELLIGENT ROMANIA”, financed by the Program Operational Administrative Capacity, priority axis „Public administration and judicial system efficient ”. The objective of the project is “Formulation and promotion of a set of public policies alternatives in order to increase the competitiveness of the Romanian regions ” . In general, the project proposed the following:
- Creating a model of regional structure capable of formulating and promoting alternative proposals to government public policies in the field of competitiveness through Strategy of the Agro-Food-Ind Napoca Cluster Association - AgroTransilvania Cluster -proposals for monitoring and updating regional smart specialization strategies (S3).
- Multiplying the support model for generating public policy proposals based on relevant regional structures at the level of all regions in Romania.
The “Learn2Do4Entrepreneurship” project
Within this project, AgroTransilvania Cluster is part of a consortium of 7 partners. In 2018, in accordance with the Development Plan, AgroTransilvania Cluster obtained 613,425.23 lei for the implementation of dedicated activities as a partner of the financed project through the Human Capital Operational Program, the priority axis "Jobs for all". The project consists of “developing entrepreneurial skills and supporting development initiatives business by promoting entrepreneurial culture in the North-West region, ensuring access integrated counseling, business start - up support, assistance, mentoring and mentoring through professional training”. The project is currently in implementation the drafting of this document being during the monitoring period of the 49 new entities established.
The project "Rural Renaissance - Fostering innovation and business opportunities" -PANACEA
Starting with November 2017, AgroTransilvania Cluster is part of a consortium of 16 international partners, with an allocated budget of 19,000 euros, funded by Horizon 2020, Call: H2020-RUR-2016-2017, Type of action: CSA (Coordination and support action). PANACEA aims to set up a thematic network to promote effective exchange between research, industry and the farming community, so that directly applicable solutions can be widely disseminated. Basic needs and innovative ideas are captured in detail to design the path for non-food crops to penetrate European agriculture.
The project „Food in Eco Network - internationalization and global competitiveness of European SMEs in the Food and Eco Logistics Sector ” - FoodNet
Between December 2017 and December 2019, AgroTransilvania Cluster was involved in implementation of the FoodNet project, financed by COSME, call COS-CLUSINT-2016-03-01, Topic COSME-2016-CLUSTER-1A support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnership - Going International (ESCP-4i). Consortium for project implementation a was formed by 5 partners, and the budget allocated to AgroTransilvania Cluster had the value of 43,185.20 euros. The project aims to develop a value chain model that ensures cooperation between SMEs in food groups. This cooperation concerned the transfer and knowledge (technological and non-technological) and their exploitation, as well as the activities of exploration, emphasizing their collection and practical use.
The project “Tracking opportunities to develop and strengthen data collection and big data in agrifood chain to increase competitiveness of SMEs ”- TRACK
Starting with October 2018, AgroTransilvania Cluster is involved in the implementation TRACK project, as part of a consortium of 5 partners, funded by COSME, call: COS-CLUSTPARTNS-2017-3-02 (European Strategic Cluster Partnership for smart specialization investments), Type of action: COSME-GA (Grant agreement). The allocated budget AgroTransilvania Cluster in this project is 44,020 euros. TRACK aims to create an ecosystem favorable interregional to stimulate the matching of new innovative solutions with the requirements specific aspects of the agri-food chain, through investments associated with industry advanced food 4.0. This action will be achieved by modernizing the chain agri-food, by stepping up cross-pollination between the ICT / traceability sectors and bid data (TBD), in priority SMEs and agri-food industry actors. TRACK increases the competitiveness of these actors, being closely related to Agro-Food S3 Platform on the section "Traceability and big data", by pursuing development opportunities and strengthening US data collection and big data on the agri-food sector with a view to stimulating the agri-food industry 4.0.