ICT Cluster Plovdiv

Bulgaria: South-Central (Bulgaria)
Alena Palasheva

Overview

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About us

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.    

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 20
    Cluster Members
  • 16
    SME's
  • 0
    Large Companies
  • 3
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Other Ecosystem Actors

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. 

Management team

Asen Rahnev
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
CIP/COSME INTERREG Other

Name & description

  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/ 

Project name

1. GIVE

2. START- Danube Region Project Fund

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Azerbaijan
India
Israel
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
Germany
Poland
Ukraine

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Promotional Activities

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
Association of Business Clusters
Website
http://abclusters.org/en
Profile name Location

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

Profile name Location
Green Ict deVElopment

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