Developing and sustaining the new wave of business clusters


April 2012

On 5th April our project manager - Dilyana Stoyanova gave an interview for Bulgarian National Radio regarding the use of cluster model in Bulgaria. On 10th April in Hall Musala, Hilton a round table discussion was held on "Bulgaria's progress in the development of competitive clusters." The meeting was organized by the Association of Business Cluster (ABC) and the Ministry of Economy and Energy. The aim of the forum was to discuss the existing incentives and barriers to development of business clusters in Bulgaria, and in particular, the advantages, disadvantages and opportunities for improvement of the existing scheme of OP Competitiveness "Support for cluster development in Bulgaria." The meeting was attended by some 60 representatives of clusters, individual businesses and organizations that work in such a structure or have an idea to create a cluster. The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister Julieta Hubenova and Julian Nikolov - Director "Economic policy" MEET who actively responded to issues raised by the audience. Genoveva Hristova, Chairperson of ABC presented international trends in cluster development and the situation in Bulgaria. Ilse Atanasova (Sea cluster) and Elijah Levkov (Electric Industrial Cluster) presented their experiences and practices such as implementing projects under the scheme "Support to cluster development in Bulgaria." The round table was covered by media such as BTA, Darik radio, newspaper Business Review, Capital newspaper, The Standard newspaper, Investor BG,, Ikonomika magazine.

March 2012

GrowthClusters’ members visited BioAgra exhibition - exhibition for organic crops and livestock, which took place from 6th to 10th March in the International Fair - Plovdiv. We also moved back our office to its previous location: 8-12A Hajdushka gora str., Sofia, Bulgaria.

February 2012

Team GrowthClusters actively involved in developing a project on Cross Border Cooperation between Bulgaria and Serbia. Lead partner is the College of Applied Professional Studies - Vranje (Serbia). Other partners are Bulgarian Furniture Cluster, University of Forestry - Sofia and Development Centre of the Serbian areas Yablanitsa, Pcinja River. On 22 February GrowthClusters participated in the National ecosystem for supporting innovation and competitiveness, organized by the ICT cluster, Foundation for New Bulgarian University, BAIT, BASCOM, Telecommunications Association, and Bulgarian Web

January 2012

John Murray and Dilyana Stoyanova visited Serbia, where they had series of meetings with various partner organizations and discussed future joint projects and plans for cooperation this year. In the future a Case Study of the NICAT Cluster will appear here. The Advanced Technology Cluster now has 22 paying Members.

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