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Association of Business Clusters Bulgaria

The Association of Business Clusters (ABC) is an organization that unites and protects the interests of clusters in Bulgaria.

The organization was established in 2009 by the leading cluster in the country. Currently the ABC consists of 16 clusters from the following sectors: Information and Communication Technologies, Automotive and Electric Vehicles, Health and Health Tourism, Maritime Industry, Mecatronics and Automatization, Textiles Industry, Furniture Industry, Horizontally Integrated Technologies and Systems, Brokers, Couriers, Green Freight Transport.

Association of business clusters aims to unite the efforts of Bulgarian clusters for their dynamic development in accordance with European standards for the formation and establishment of Bulgarian national standards and traditions in clusters policy.

The main objectives of the ABC are:

• creation of a favourable environment for cluster development in Bulgaria;
•  promotion of the cluster concept as a tool for increasing the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy and contribution of SMEs;
• establishment of standards for the management and development of clusters;
• presentation of the Bulgarian clusters in the international and European cluster family;

Activities of the ABC:

 • cooperation and working with the state administration and stakeholders in development of  strategies and policies regarding the progress of Bulgarian Clusters;
• cooperation with government authorities in developing programs for cluster support and more effective use of the public funds;
• organization of  seminars, round tables, conferences and trainings for presentation and promotion of the cluster concept as a tool for competitiveness and innovations;
• establishment of a system for clusters accreditation in Bulgaria;
• maintenance a network of contacts with international and European partners for presenting Bulgarian clusters abroad and creating successful partnerships;
• promotion of the dialogue and cooperation between clusters in Bulgaria


Working plan and aims:

1. Organizational and Financial Development of ABC

1.1. Development of the administrative capacity

1.2. Development of  membership in ABC

1.3. Improving of financial status

2. More Competitiveness and Innovations

2.1. Support of State policy for competitiveness and inovations

2.2. Partnership between business and universities and research centers

2.3. Programs and tools for financing of research and innovations

3. Stable Development of Entrepreneurship and Clusters

3.1. Support of the State policy for cluster development

3.2. Support of clusters organizations and management

3.3. Promotion of cross-sector and cross-cluster cooperation

4. Support of the Export Development of the County

4.1. Analysis and evaluation of the export potencial of clusters

4.2. Development of the insitutional environment for supporting export

4.3. Attraction of financial resources for export development

5. Better Recognition of Clusters in Business and Society

5.1. Promotion of best practises for cluster development

5.2.Partnership with employers, industry and professional organizations

5.3. Recogniton and positioning of ABC in the European cluster space





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Association of Business Clusters

108 Rakovski G. S., Str., fl. 3, office 313

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+359 879 830 492