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ICT Cluster
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Bulgaria: South-West (Bulgaria)
Anna Naydenova

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About us

Foundation “Cluster Information and Communication Technologies” (ICT Cluster) is a world–class cluster initiative uniting 10 members (Bulgarian ICT associations and ICT clusters), including 280 ICT SME from different segments of the ICT Industry (microelectronics and embedded systems, Telecommunications, Software, Cyber security and etc.) and 6 Bulgarian technical university. 

The mission of organization is to increase the competitiveness of Bulgarian ICT Industry through promotion and development of world-class clusters by:

  • creating value chains that cut across sectors; 
  • enabling digital transformation and industrial modernization;
  • supporting  SMEs internationalization on a global markets;
  • promoting cooperation across regions, countries and sectors;

ICT Cluster‘s main areas of activities are:

  • Industrial modernization and value chain linkages;
  • Internationalization on a Global markets;
  • Entrepreneurship (start-ups and scale ups), acceleration;
  • Interregional, international and cross-sector collaboration;

More the 10 years the organization is promoting use of ICT as a tool for competitive business development, source of knowledge and skills’ enabler.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Staff mobility
  • Mentoring

Cluster composition

  • 293
    Cluster Members
  • 280
    SME's
  • 0
    Large Companies
  • 6
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Webinar"Tools and services supporting digital innovation of Manufacturing SMEs"

The “Tools and services supporting digital innovation of Manufacturing SMEs” webinar took place on the 26th of February 2021, 10:30-14:00h (EET). The event was organized by ICT Cluster partnering the I4MS initiative as part of the European Industry Week 2021”.

Anna Naydenova (Executive director, ICT Cluster) and Maria Roca (Senior Project Manager, FundingBox) started the event by welcoming all participants. Among the speakers were also:

  • Marta Portalès - Manager of European Projects department at the Mobile World Capital
  • Paul Peeters - Senior Expert Advanced Manufacturing, Agoria and Project Manager, ADMA
  • Themis Kolyvas - Project Manager at European Dynamics
  • Izabella Zrasinska - Project Manager, FundingBox
  • Anca Marin - Project Manager, FundingBox
  • Andreas Oclenburg - CEO of cloudSME
  • Krasimira Shindarova - Project Manager, DigiTech 4.0
  • Luisa Gonçalves - Project Manager, Vojext
  • Thierry Louvet - Director at Systematic Paris Region

Within 15 minutes, each speaker had the opportunity to present their organization, activities, and current project opportunities. First on the agenda was Anna Naydenova presenting the European Digital Innovation Hub for Big Data, HPC, and AI - Opportunities for Industry and society in Southwest Bulgaria Region. Next, Maria Roca made a brief introduction of the I4MS initiative, and Marta Portalès described I4MS contributions to upskilling challenges of the manufacturing Industry. Paul Peeters continued the discussion with ADMA`s Open Calls for manufacturing SMEs to transform to Factories of the Future.

After the break, Themis Kolyvas provided information for KITT4SMEs` funding opportunities for SMEs. Next on the Agenda was Izabella Zrasinska with the presentation of PULSATE - fostering the pan-European infrastructure for empowering SMEs` digital competencies in laser-based advanced and additive manufacturing: benefits and technical support. Anca Marin focused on the Better Factory project - mission and goals of the project, open calls, and funding opportunities. CloudSME CEO - Andreas Oclenburg gave the audience detailed information on two ongoing projects: 1) DigITBrain, under the framework of the European program Horizon 2020, aiming at extending the Digital Twin concept and 2) CloudiFacturing, Horizon 2020, emGORA Digital Marketplace for Digital Engineering which will facilitate the access to cloud / HPC-based modeling and simulation for SMEs. Next on the list was Krasimira Shindarova presenting the DIH WORLD project and penultimate Luisa Gonçalves talking about the VOJEXT project. The last one on the Agenda was Thierry Louvet speaking on RIMA - Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance - what is it, use, etc.

During the Q&A session, participants had the opportunity to ask their questions and discuss topics raised by the speakers.

The event ended with a few words from Anna Naydenova and Maria Roca, who thanked everyone present.

You can watch the whole event at:

https://youtu.be/Yuhbo_t1HVk

Presentations of the organizations, as well as their contacts, can be found here:

Establishment of "European Digital Innovation Hub for Data Science, High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence" 

On the last day of the 2020 ICT Cluster, Sofia Tech Park, Sofia Municipality, NEVEQ, SCAI, institute GATE, and Technical university-Sofia combined experience and expertise and founded the “European Digital Innovation Hub for Data Science, High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence”. The goal of the hub is to bring together actions and know-how to:

  • support the process of the digital transformation of the industry and society in the Southwestern region of Bulgaria;
  • organize initiatives for exchanging experience with other European digital innovation hubs;
  • conduct projects, related to supporting the application of digital technologies in SMEs and help their successful implementation;
  • support the development of human capital by improving their digital skills and competencies;

The first annual conference on European digital innovation hubs under the Digital Europe program was held on 26 and 27 January 2021. The event was organized by the European Commission and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy. The focus of the conference was introducing the competition for “European Digital Innovation Hubs under the Digital Europe Program”. It`s a 2-phase competition: national and European level.

Currently, ICT Cluster together with the partner organizations is preparing the necessary documentation for participation in the competition at the national level.

How ICT Cluster became ADMA's 2Q 2020 Best Performing Organization 

Having signed the Letter of Support in March 2019, the Bulgarian Innovation and Technology Hub – DigiTech 4.0, managed by the ICT Cluster Bulgaria, officially became an ADMA Supporting Organisation. One year and a few months later, our ADMA journey has been quite impressive:

April 2019  – Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Ms. Krasimira Shindarova participated in the ADMA 2-day training. Check Out The Video Here

June 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

Ms. Krasimira Shindarova, presented ADMA methodology during the Conference “Digital World – Today and Tomorrow”, organized within the chairmanship of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. The event was organized by Bulgarian SME promotion agency and was attended by technology providers and manufacturing companies.

September 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

Company visit & ADMA presentation @ “Mechanical Design And Construction” (MDC), specialized in the manufacture of mechanical structures for electronics, medical equipment, power engineering, transport, and other industries. The products are produced by processing sheet and profiled materials which include: laser cutting, punching, bending, welding, cleaning, coverage, installation.

Company Visit “Euro Catering” founded in 2007 and a leading company in the food industry – production of sandwiches, salads and ready foods. They are in the very beginning of the Factory of the Future transformation process.

Company visit Avto Engineering Ltd., founded in 2003 and one of the leading manufacturers on the Bulgarian market of specialized vehicles and equipment for firefighting, emergency-rescue, police, airport, medical, communal and other State institutions. Avtofactory is a modern factory for Metalworking and Powder Coating Line, equipped with high-tech machines for CNC turning, CNC milling, Laser Cutting, Sheet Material Cutting, and Bending, Pipe bending, Welding, Powder coating line and their related installation works.

Ms. Krasimira Shindarova presented ADMA methodology during the event “Future Today – the Automotive Forum” which was held on 26th and 27th September 2019. The event was organized within the framework of the Green Ict deVElopment (GIVE) project. It had a regional character and was attended by 50 participants – SME representatives, cluster managers and organizations coming from 6 different countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. The companies were from different sectors Automotive, ICT, and Smart Green Technologies.

October 2019 – Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Mr. Todor Mitov, Presented ICT Cluster’s activities as supporting organization of ADMA Europe during the sixth B2B event “Shaping together a smarter and greener future” within Green ICT Development – GIVE project.

November 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

Mr. Peter Statev, Chairman of the Board, ICT Cluster presented ADMA methodology during the Sofia Business School, Digital Transformation summit at New Bulgarian University.

January 2020  – Sofia (Bulgaria)

1st ADMA Transformation Plan finished, containing an extensive list of local experts for the different opportunities identified within the 7 ADMA transformations.

April 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

2nd ADMA Transformation Plan ready.

May 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

Avto Engineering confirms interest in moving towards a specific ADMA Implementation plan, ie entering the ADMA long-term pilot.

June 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)

Teaming up together with IQ Kecskemét (Hungary) and Improving Consulting (Bulgaria), a strong ADMA Learning Network & conference program for Bulgarian and Hungarian manufacturing SME’s has been set up. The team prepared the event such that it can be held both live or virtual, depending on the Covid-19 situation.

A big thank you to Krasimira for all the ADMA advocacy work done. ICT Cluster will continue this exciting journey together with ADMA!

Conference "Industry and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes"

Learning and Demonstration Seminar and Conference "Industrial and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes" took place on19.10.2018 at Microsoft Innovation Center Bulgaria, Sofia Tech Park, The event was organized by ICT Cluster within the framework of the Smart Factory Hub project funded under the Danube Transnational program.

The conference brought together representatives of innovative companies, manufacturing companies, universities, clusters, state administration and research centers from Bulgaria, the Balkans and Central Europe. Innovative Bulgarian companies presented their solutions and good practices for digitization of manufacturing to participants from 10 European countries - Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria. At the conference there were demonstration of Bulgarian technologies for optimization and digitization of the water sector, the manufacturing sector, intelligent waste collection, fire prevention systems, smart buildings, etc., as well as 11 intelligent solutions from the Czech Republic.  The Center for Excellence at the Technical University of Sofia and the High-Performance Computing Laboratory in Sofia Tech Park also presented their services.

Todor Mitov presented the opportunities that Smart factory Hub project provides to the enterprises for optimization of their production processes. Peter Stattev presented the vision and the future development of the Bulgarian Technological and Innovation Hub -  DigiTech 4.0

The event culminated in a roundtable where representatives of the business, academia, non-governmental sector, Ministry of Economy, OP Innovation and Competitiveness, OP Human Resources Development and PwC discussed the future strategy of Bulgaria and the instruments in the future programming period for supporting digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises.

All presentations from the event you could download at the following link: "Industry and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes" presentations

Establishment of Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network 

Conference "Cooperation of ICT clusters in the Black Sea region for growth, prosperity, and competitiveness" was held on 10 and 11 April 2014 in Grand Hotel Sofia.

The event was organized by the Foundation ICT Cluster and the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the Bulgarian Presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Major Sponsors of the event were VIVACOM, Sofia Tech Park, and "Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications".

The conference was attended by representatives of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ministry of Economy of Romania, Ministry of Economy and Energy, representatives of business and clusters of the region. The main topic of the event was the cooperation of the ICT cluster in the region to becoming a more attractive place to invest and a better place to live. The main focus of the conference topics were related to ICT technology in intermodal transport, the development of new-generation broadband, cyber security, etc.

Participants in the event supported the idea that the cluster approach is an essential tool to be applied in the BSEC countries in order to support SMEs and competitiveness and to promote innovation in the region. 

Establishment of CoderDojo branch in Ardion region, Bulgaria 

With the support of CorkBIC and ICT Cluster in Ardino was created branch of CoderDojo – an initiative for training in programming for nonprogrammers - children at age 7-17 years.

CoderDojo is a global movement established in 2011 by James Welton and Bill Liao and supported by CorkBIC. 2 years after its establishment the  movement became a global phenomenon!

On June 14, 2014 in the School "Vasil Levski" Anton Tcholakov and Nikolay Chochev organized the first CoderDOJO meeting  in  Ardino, supported by the ICT Cluster and CorkBIC. The initiative was attended by 18 participants. During the meeting, participants created their first web pages.

Danube ICT Project 

On December 1, 2015 the project Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth - DANUBE ICT has started, leading by ICT Cluster.

The project duration is six months till  and it is funded by the European Commission and the Danube Strategy. The main objective of DANUBE ICT is the creation of sustainable, strategic trans-national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkans and the Danube region by establishing a common strategy for cross - cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in a favor of SMEs.

Partners in the project are: Foundation ICT Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, and Montenegrin IT Cluster. All members of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network will be actively engaged in the process of successful project implementation.

 

Management team

Anna Naydenova
Cluster Manager
Peter Statev
Cluster Manager
Krasimira Shindarova
Cluster Manager
Todor Mitov
ECCP Responsible Person
Tereza Petrova
Other

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Other service activities:S94 Activities of membership organisations
Technology fields
G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Advanced or High performance computing - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Broadband, spectrum and other communication networks (e.g. 5G) - Digital transformation:Cloud computing and software as a service and service architectures - Digital transformation:ICT trust, cyber security & network security - Digital transformation:Smart system integration - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Communication
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Staff mobility - Mentoring

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG Other

Name & description

Better Factory: Growing the European Manufacturing Business 

Better Factory invites Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMEs) to redesign their current product portfolio together with Business and Arts mentors and Technology experts. Manufacturers can tap into disruptive product innovation that responds to new market demands while keeping production resources optimal with RAMP IoT platform.

Better Factory (funded by European Union`s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement  95 18 13) helps manufacturers to enter new markets with a customizable, personalized product or service portfolio. Together with Business and Arts Mentors and technology partners, manufacturers can discover new business models and digitalize their factories to match the production of new or personalized products.  

During the project, Better Factory will assign high-skilled Business and Arts experts to analyze the current product/service portfolio with the core knowledge from manufacturers, to redesign customizable products and service portfolios using new digital technologies. This may spark new product designs, business models or brands.

For SMEs to produce batches of new and personalized products requires transforming traditional factories into lean and agile production facilities. Better Factories provides an Open and Standardized Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling (APPS) system for manufacturers to test commercial tools to optimize waste, energy, resources, and logistic.

RAMP (Robotics Automation Marketplace) is a free and open IoT platform (FIWARE) running on state-of-the-art servers, with access to cloud storage and computing, enabling connection with robots, sensors, cameras, AR/VR, and other equipment. RAMP will provide 3D simulation tool to create Digital Twin for virtual testing, co-creation space for teams to collaborate online among other digital services.    

Better Factory Open Calls

Better Factory will select eight teams of European manufacturing SMEs, artists, and technology providers in each Open Call (2021/2022). The selected teams will be supported through a period of 12 months where artists will be paired with technology suppliers to tackle the challenges proposed by the manufacturers.

The successful teams will get to:

  • Explore new markets using digital technologies
  • Test & develop new Agile-Production technologies with RAMP
  • Training to reskill staff
  • Business Support and mentoring
  • Up to 200,000€ equity-free funding / team

The first Open Call is estimated to be launched in January 2021.

About Better Factory

Better Factory brings together key actors in the European technology, art, and innovation landscape to provide an integrated innovation framework and a European network to deliver a standardized solution for Manufacturing SMEs to invent and manufacture new and personalized products and create services around them.

The consortium coordinated by VTT (Finland), includes 28 partners from 18 European countries representing the arts ecosystem (INOVA, GLUON, and WAAG); Technology providers (Fraunhofer IPA, AIMEN,  Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Slovakia National Centre of Robotic, INESCTEC, Technologiko Panepistimio Kyprou); Industrial cluster (Transylvania Furniture Cluster, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, Latvian Federation of Food Companies / Food Products Quality Cluster, CLUTEX ‐ Klastr Technicke Textile, Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs‐Baranya, ICT Cluster and University of Oulu); Technology suppliers (INFOTECH, Top Data Science, Holonix, GESTALT Robotics, and European Dynamics); Art supplier (In4Art); Business developers (FundingBox, Hermia Yrityskehitys Oy); Legal framework (time. lex); and Communication and Dissemination (Mobile World Capital Barcelona). 

For more information about the project you can visit their social media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/better-factory/

Website:  https://betterfactory.eu

or

Contact

Ali Muhammad

Project Coordinator – VTT (Finland)

e-mail: [email protected]

Marta Portalés

Marketing and communications – MWCapital (Spain)

e-mail: [email protected]

BRIDGE stands for Building Relations to go International for Data-Driven Growing Enterprises

ICT CLUSTER is a partner in a BRIDGE project financed by COSME program of the European Commission under the call ”Cluster Go International”. BRIDGE stands for Building Relations to go International for Data-Driven Growing Enterprises.

The project aims to help start-ups and SMEs in their internationalization process beyond Europe. The proposition is focused on strengthening the approach on third markets and providing more professional services.

MAIN OBJECTIVES:

  • to intensify clusters and network collaboration across borders
  • to share knowledge and expertise of the Data-Driven Industry (specially focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain) and their potential application in different market domains (such as e-health, financial services, etc.)
  • to increase the competitiveness of SMEs
  • to gain international visibility of SMEs
  • to build a cross-cluster profile that will be reliable, convincing and trustworthy

DURATION OF THE PROJECT:

  • 20 months
  • starting: 01/09/2020

BUDGET:

The budget of the project is EUR 222 206.90

PARTNERS:

TORINO WIRELESS - lead partner

BWCON GMBH (bwcon GmbH)

ASSOCIATIA PENTRU PROMOVAREA TEHNOLOGIEI ELECTRONICE (APTE)

FOUNDATION CLUSTER INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICT CLUSTER)

UFO - Emerging Industries new value chains Boosted by Small Flying Objects 

 

Innovation boosted by Small Flying Objects

Project UFO (Emerging indUstries new value chains boosted by small Flying Objects), financed under Horizon 2020 program INNOSUP -2018 – 2020 call for developing new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.

The UFO project aims at supporting European SMEs to develop innovative products and services by integrating new technological solutions and know-how provided by the combination of innovative Small Flying Objects (SFOs) (drones, high altitude platforms systems, small satellites), embedded nano and digital technologies, Key Enabling Technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions.

This objective will be achieved by a European consortium of 8 clusters and 1 associate meta-cluster partner (KIC) representing together more than 3200 European SMEs.

Six emerging industries are particularly targeted

Mobility Environment Blue Growth Finance & Insurance Climate Digital and Creative / Gaming

Objectives

To foster the creation of new value chains targeting emerging industries:  Mobility technologies, Environmental, Blue Growth, Digital, Experience, Cultural and creative industries, by identifying new sustainable use cases provided by SFO capabilities;

To support the development of new technologies for SFO applications addressing societal challenges and emerging industries market needs (Mobility technologies, Environmental, Blue Growth, Digital, Experience, Cultural and creative industries);

To optimize the long-term sustainability of new value chains partnerships involving SFOs by supporting best initiatives, projects, or concepts in seeking additional funding (EU including ERDF, regional, national, private) and investment in commercialization;

To accelerate the internationalization of European SMEs in these value chains by developing cross-border and cross-sectoral collaborations that deliver solutions into key international markets.

For more information about the project activities you can visit their social media:

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/ufoproject2/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ufoproject2/

or you can click the button below to visit their website.

BOWI - Booting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs

ICT Cluster is a partner in the European project BOWI ( Booting Widening Digital Innovation Hubs) , financed under Horizon 2020 program call for Digitizing and transforming European industry and services: digital innovation hubs and platforms.

The project addresses the challenges of limited capacities among DIHs to support the uptake of SAE/I4MS technologies.

The overall objective of BOWI is to create a DIH widening network that supports the collaboration of new DIHs (proto-hubs) and mature hubs. The network will:

  • Strengthen proto-hubs by carrying out actual experiments and facilitating the collaboration between proto-hubs and mature hubs;
  • Ensuring sustainability of BOWI network by developing a blended financing accelerator and membership model,
  • Creating the BOWI community, initiating the participation of proto-hubs, matures hubs and regional stakeholders and investors,

ICT Cluster is participating in the network as a leader of one of the 6 proto-hubs DIGITech 4.0.

The project started 1 January 2020 and has duration 42 months.

Website: https://bowi-network.eu/

Entreprenurship without borders

Foundation ICT Cluster has implemented a project “Entrepreneurship without boundaries”   BG051PO001-7.0.07-0215, financed under Bulgarian Operational Program “Development of Human resources”, co-financed by European Social Fund from European Union. The project partners are Ardino Municipality and Cork BIC.

The main aim of the project is to develop human resources, to improve the quality of life and to promote the social inclusion in Ardino Municipality through development of entrepreneurship, transfer of European best practices and know-how in the field and use of information and communication technologies.

Specific project objectives аrе:

  • To stimulate employment and development of the region through implementation of  trainings in entrepreneurship in the Ardino Municipality;

  • To create an entrepreneurial culture and to stimulate business thinking and communication of young people, citizens of Ardino Municipality, through transfer of best practices and know-how from the Cork Incubator  – CorkBIC, Ireland;

  • To promote the implementation of innovative methods based on ICT technologies  for implementation of qualified entrepreneurial trainings and access to information and education in remote Bulgarian regions ;

  • To create sustainable ecosystem for own business development and to promote entrepreneurial  spirit in Ardino municipality, through the analysis of existing conditions for creation a business incubator in Ardino following the example of CorkBIC;

Target group of the trainees within this project is new and would-be entrepreneurs from Ardino Municipality at the age between 18 – 40 years old. It is necessary applicants to have high school or university degree and to have own business or idea to start own business.

Project name

Smart Factory Hub - Improving RD and business policy conditions for transnational cooperation in the manufacturing industry 

 

Manufacturing industry represents a generator of R&D, innovation, growth and employment. Based on increasing pressure on manufacturers (increased production capacity in low-cost economies and increased level of sophistication of supply chains in high-cost economies), the manufacturers need to embrace novel technologies, principles and approaches. In other words, manufacturers need to digitize their production, while taking into consideration also improvement in processes and human resource management.

SMART FACTORY HUB (SFH) main objective is to improve framework conditions for innovation in the area of smart factory/Smart Manufacturing, based on Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) centred model. The project is financed under Danube Interreg Programme. 

In order to follow project’s objective, we will be oriented to find novel solutions in the following 3 domains:

  • applying novel technologies,
  • applying effective production process and
  • applying effective human resource management systems

Project main outputs are following:

  • 1 common transnational Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy - RIS3 centred Smart Factory Model with Action Plan and
  • 2 testing schemes - pilot implementation of innovative supply-driven (TransferLab) and demand-driven (PolicyLab) actions based on knowledge platform, cooperation profile matrix and learning hub for technology alliances.

Green Ict deVElopment 

Green Ict development (GIVE) has started on 01.12.2017 and it is with duration of 24 months. General project objective is to build up strategic cluster partnership in the field of smart green technologies among the three vital industries - automotive, renewable energy and ICT. The smart green technologies encompass all industrial and human activities which generate positive impact to the environment applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Today, traditional manufacturing industries as automotive and renewable energy should find smart solutions to answer to global environmental challenge they face by applying ICT.

GIVE partnership is very challenging because it has eight partners from six different countries, two different European regions and three vital industries.

The specific objectives of the GIVE project are:

  • to create a favorable framework for establishing a sustainable cross-industry strategic cluster partnership across Europe among three vital industries- ICT, automotive and renewable energy by implementation of partnership building and collaboration activities.
  • to build up sustainable strategic cluster partnership based on development of GIVE internationalization strategy and implementation roadmap .
  • to promote GIVE partnership and increase online promotion of GIVE partners by implementation of identity shaping,communication, promotion and online media activities.

The GIVE strategic cluster partnership aims to create sustainable cross-industry, cross-cluster and cross – regional collaboration focusing on development of new value chain in the field of green smart technologies focusing on automotive and transport sectors and on the support of SMEs internationalization on the third markets.

The project idea is to establish sustainable long-term framework for value-added partnership among ICT as a backbone of green smart technologies in the automotive, transport and green technologies sectors.

The GIVE partnership will  achieve its goals applying the following approaches:

  • cross – cluster driven approach creating framework conditions for fostering GIVE partnership collaboration based on identification of common goals, common social media performance, common visual identity , organization of common events  and common working groups ;
  • cross – industry driven approach identifying the common industrial niches for collaboration  in the field of green smart technologies;
  • strategy - driven approach fostering collaboration planning activities for increase SMEs collaboration and internationalization on common targeted third markets.  

​Expected results after project implemenation are: 

  • Developing a GIVE internationalization strategy including GIVE strategic cluster partnership agreement, GIVE internasionalization strategy plan, GIVE implemenation roadmap, GIVE draft financial plan. 
  • Build up strong cross-border cluster cooperation based on developing commercially valuable and trustworthy relations among GIVE partners;  
  • Developing a common marketing, communication and branding strategy and visual identity; 
  • Identified targeted third markets of common interest outside Europe;
  • Foster complementarities among ICT, Automotive and Green technology sectors;
  •  Create common knowledge base for internationalization and marketing in cluster managers and SMEs members; 
  • Establishing strong links among  GIVE partners and SMEs;
  • Initiate local awareness and dialogue on cross-clusters and cross-industry collaboration and SME internationalization in the field of smart green technologies, automotive and ICT 
  • Market Intelligence Report including intelligence gathering, assessment of market trends and opportunities in conjunction with the consortium capabilities and needs. The document will include recommendations on:  Internationalization readiness of cluster managers and SMEs,  GIVE areas of cooperation and complementarity among partners( technological, business, R&D, innovation), Target markets outside Europe  ; ​

GIVE ESCP consist of 8 partners from 6 European countries:5 ICT Clusters: ICT Cluster Bulgaria, Albanian Information and Technology Association, Cluj IT Cluster, Chamber of Commerce for Information and Communication Technologies – Skopje, ICT Cluster Central Serbia;2 Automotive Clusters: Automotive Cluster Bulgaria and Automotive Cluster Serbia1 Green Technology Cluster from Latvia: Green-Tech Latvia 

The partnership development is coordinated by ICT Cluster Bulgaria and financially supported by COSME programme of the EC. The project preparation was supported by REG USAID Project.

Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for smart and inclusive growth - DANUBE ICT

The project Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth - DANUBE ICT leaded by ICT Cluster have started on 1 December 2015. The project is financed by the DANUBE START program, supported by the EC and City of Vienna. 

The project duration is six months and its main objective is to create sustainable, strategic trans-national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkans and the Danube region by establishing a common strategy for cross - cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in a favor of SMEs.

Partners in the project are: Foundation ICT Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, and Montenegrin IT Cluster. All members of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network will be actively engaged in the process of successful project implementation.

Ventures - Erasmus of Younge Entreprenurs 

From 2010 till now, ICT Cluster is partcicpating as an Intermediary Organization (IO), in different partnerships under the program Erasmus for Younge Entreprenures. 

The projects is an European exchange program aiming to help new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) by spending time working in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur in his or her company. The program is financed by the European Commission and COSME and operates across the EU with the help of more than 100 local, regional or national intermediary organisations/IOs/ competent in business support.

The program establishes business to business relationships. New entrepreneurs from one ЕEuropean country travel and stay to host entrepreneur to another EU country and get daily entrepreneurial knowledge and experience with him/her in the period of 1 to 6 months.

The matching of the new entrepreneurs with the host entrepreneurs is carried out with the help of the intermediary organisations (IOs).

I3E - Promoting innovations in the Industrial Informatics and Embeded Systems Sector through Networking 

The main project objective of I3E project was the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in the SEE area, placing emphasis on advanced products and services associated with the sectors of industrial informatics and embedded systems. The project is in-line with the area of intervention 1.1 since it is primarily developed a technology and innovation network of research / academic institutions as well as enterprises and facilitators of innovation in the area related to the aforementioned sectors.  The I3E Project is financed by South-East Transnational Cooperation Program of EU and co-financed by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Work  of Bulgaria.

The project resutls: 

  • Development of the transnational Strategic Research Agenda that will help align research activities in the industrial informatics and embedded systems sectors towards common goals applicable in the SEE area. The involvement of the public administration in the aforementioned community aiming at the adoption of the SRA at the Structural Fund management level. 
  • A methodology guideline for innovation that will be elaborated taking into account the wiki input and analyzing the applicability of the selected best practices in the SEE area.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

China
Egypt
Morocco
Taiwan
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Spain
Germany
Netherlands
Romania
Serbia

Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Promotional Activities

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 04.09.2020
BOWI project open call for SMEs and MidCaps
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BOWI first call is open
News Achievements Published: 21.05.2020
ICT CLUSTER BULGARIA IS ADMA’S Q2 2020 BEST PERFORMING SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION
News Achievements Published: 24.04.2020
In a time of COVID-19 crises and self-isolation ICT Cluster is helping entrepreneurs and young business dreamers to prepare their business plan to start cross-border exchange