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Bioeconomy Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 16 December, 2015
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Západné Slovensko
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
The Union of Slovak Clusters
AgroBioFood Nitra
Strategic Working Group "Sustainable Bio-Resources for a Growing Bioeconomy"
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Katarina
Blicklingova
Cluster Manager
+421 904 997 577
info@bioeconomy.sk
Daniel
Acs
Internationalisation Responsible
+421 905 512 688
acs@prounion.sk
Languages spoken: 
Czech
English
French
German
Slovak
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Biobased Materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Resource efficiency
Sustainable agriculture
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Biopharmaceuticals
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
16
Number of SME members: 
11
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
PROUNION
SME
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
University
National Agricultural and Food Centre
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Bioeconomy Cluster is an association of legal entities established with the aim to promote cooperation, networking and knowledge transfer among its members which include mainly the representatives of business sector (agricultural farms and food processors), R&D actors, academia, as well as tertiary sphere. 

Partners from industry and research work in close partnership to promote innovation and mutual transfer of know-how and technology. Bioeconomy Cluster is aimed mainly at cooperation with practice and linking of practice with R&D. 

Beyond agriculture the partnership encompasses the broad bioeconomy sectors that produce, process or sustainably use biological resources, including cross-cutting and cross sectoral cooperation.

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Hungary
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Bioeconomy Cluster is engaged in the preparation of projects with the partners mainly from the countries of Danube Region using various funding schemes. Moreover, BEC promotes the members in various events, disseminate the information about funding opportunities, conferences and support them in internationalization activities.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Hemp Cluster (Slovakia)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
INTERREG

KETGATE - Central European SME Gateway to Key-enabling Technology Infrastructures - Sparking a new Transnational KET Innovation Ecosystem

Relevant Project References: 
BEC is an associated partner of the project KETGATE and represents the main target group of the project results. BEC is involved in an observing capacity.
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Representatives of the cluster are involved in the implementation of the Danube Strategy as members of the Steering Committee of Priority Area 8 (Competitiveness and Cluster Development) and Working Group "Clusters of Excellence". In addition, representatives of Bioeconomy Cluster participate in the Strategic Working Group on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems of the Standing Committee of Agricultural Research (SCAR AKIS) "Sustainable Bio-Resources for a Growing Bioeconomy".

In October 2017, Bioeconomy Cluster was benchmarked by the “European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis” and subsequently awarded with the European Cluster Management Excellence label "BRONZE".

Furthermore, Bioeconomy Cluster is a direct beneficiary in two INTERREG projects: Made in Danube, DanuBioValNet (Danube Transnational Programme).

Bioeconomy Cluster has a strong focus on linking research with industry (mainly SMEs). One of the tools of such cooperation is AgroBioTech Transfer Centre established in cooperation with experts from Bioeconomy Cluster at the Slovak University of Agriculture (SUA) which links research with practice. Cluster closely cooperates with this centre and SUA through which it gains access to relevant partners in the field of bioeconomy.

Cluster members have broad experience and expertise in the implementation of national and international projects (EU’s Framework Programmes, European Territorial Cooperation, International Visegrad Fund, structural funds, etc.) and have experience in the area of technology transfer including the establishment of transfer centres.

Cluster is networking partners also through modern and innovative forms of cooperation such as the European Innovation Partneship for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability, KIC Food4Future, Scientific Support to Danube Strategy by JRC, etc.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 
  • strong regional, national and international partnerships
  • support of knowledge and technology transfer
  • good knowledge of the environment and of funding opportunities (national/european level)
  • strong focus on linking business with research 
  • support of innovation