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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 27 July, 2015
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
KRIB: Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria
EIT Climate-KIC
EIT Inno Energy
EREK-European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmailGender
Mariyna
Hamanova
Cluster Manager
mariyana@cleantech.bg
Female
Lyubomir
Peynovski
Cluster Manager
lyubomir@cleantech.bg
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Clean Production / Green Technologies
Climate Change mitigation
S3 EU priority areas: 
Eco-innovations
Sustainable production & consumption
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Circular Economy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
40
Number of SME members: 
24
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
16
Number of larger company members: 
3
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
5
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Climate-KIC Accelerator Bulgaria
Accelerator
Primer Pre-Accelerator
Accelerator
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Sofia Green of Sofia Development Association
Sofia University
University
IKEA/House Market Bulgaria EAD
Larger Company
University of Architecture, Civil Eng. and Geodesy
University
Geographica ltd.
SME
CRISTA
SME
University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship
University
Zagorka AD
Larger Company
Biomyc Ltd.
SME
Sofiyska voda AD part of veolia
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Cleantech Bulgaria is a business network for clean technology, innovation and sustainable development. The organization is working actively to introduce resource-efficient solutions leading to a shift to new business models, such as the low carbon and circular economy.

Our mission is to increase the potential for innovation and sustainable economic growth in the fields of clean technologies, bio-technology and environmental innovation.

We encourage partnerships between science, business and the public sector with the goal of reaching a sustainable transition towards environmentally-friendly culture, business and life.

Cleantech Bulgaria is a catalyst for innovative solutions and a trusted partner of the business, public administration, science and education.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Cleantech Bulgaria unites experts with years of experience in the development, coordination and implementation of large-scale European and national projects. Our focus is on sustainable innovation, technology transfer, the development of business strategies for startups and growing enterprises, investment consulting, entrepreneurship trainings, as well as the development of strategies for sustainable economic processes in business, cities and regions.

Through our services we provide consulting and financing for innovative enterprises, start-ups support and access to an international network of experts, partners, clients and investors. Our services include:

PROJECT MANAGEMENT:  Preparation and management of innovative projects for companies and public institutions.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: Development and introduction of new products, services and business models.

SUSTAINABLE CONSULTING: Analysis, strategies and capacity building for companies and public institutions.

ACCELERATION: Development and investment in startups.

TRAINING: For the development of entrepreneurial skills and innovation management.

PILOT PROJECTS: Implementation and testing of innovative solutions in municipalities and companies.

So far over 120 companies have received financial and expert support. Our business network of partners consists of over 500 experts in various innovative fields.

Cleantech Bulgaria is an official partner of the Knowledge and innovation Communities (KICs) part of European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an independent body of the EU, collaborating on the topics of Sustainable Energy (EIT InnoEnergy) and Climate Change (EIT Climate KIC). Additionally, the company is a partner in a number of projects in Horizon 2020, INTERREG, national programs and initiatives.

In 2017 Cleantech Bulgaria has been awarded for best company in the category "Business and consulting services” in the prestigious competition “Mr and Mrs Economics”, organized by the Confederation of the Employers and Industrialist in Bulgaria (KRIB) and Economics magazine. The organization is a Board member of KRIB and works actively in cooperation with leading national and international business organizations in the field of financial instruments, innovation, industry, science and education.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Cyprus
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Germany
Greece
Italy
Malta
Netherlands
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Electric Vehicle Industrial Cluster - EVIC, Bulgaria
Health & Life Sciences Cluster Bulgaria
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
INTERREG
EIT KICs
Other

1. CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF A CENTER FOR COMPETENCE “CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT – WATER, WASTE, ENERGY FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY” within National Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014 - 2020”:

2. EIT Climate-KIC Regional Partner since 2016

3. EIT InnoEnergy Regional HUB since 2015

4.  DanubeEnergy+: A project that ackles the need for change in regional ecosystems to support Young Innovators in transforming their disruptive ideas into ventures within Interreg:

5.  Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation (CASI) within FP7

1. Horizon 2020

2. Seventh Framework Programme, European Union research and development funding programme 

3.Interreg

4.Operational Programme “Science and Education for Smart Growth 2014 - 2020”

5. EIT KICs

Relevant Project References: 
Circular cities and business models, Innovation pilots, Clean water, sustainable energy, zero waste, bio plastics and technologies, smart agriculture, climate fiance and decision metrics, sustainable innovation
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Sofia Urban Challenge: finding agile solutions to air quality

With EIT Climate-KIC’s support, the Bulgarian capital Sofia in partnership with Cleantech Bulgaria has found a partner to help tackle its air pollution problems with innovative solutions.

The problem

Air pollution is the main environmental cause of premature deaths among EU citizens. Fine particulate matter was considered responsible for an estimated 436,000 premature deaths in the EU in 2013, nitrogen dioxide for 68,000 and ground-level ozone for a further 16,000.

Sofia, Bulgaria, is Europe’s most polluted capital with high concentration levels of fine particulate matter (PM10).

To tackle air pollution, Sofia’s city council published an updated air quality strategy for the period until 2020 comprising technical, regulatory, economic, information and educational measures. However, lengthy bureaucratic processes so far have hindered its implementation. 

The solution

The capital turned to EIT Climate-KIC’s ‘Urban Challenges’ programme to find the best innovative clean air solutions feasible for implementation.

The impact

Through this open innovation competition, the municipality of Sofia received 15 viable solution proposals, of which seven were selected for the boot-camp and pitching event. The municipality finally selected Eljoy as the preferred solution provider, a start-up offering electric bikes, charging stations and maintenance plans. During 2018, the municipality will be piloting the implementation of the solution with 10 bikes installed in the city. Additionally, Sofia municipality has expressed its willingness to further deploy the solutions if their pilot-tests prove successful and find acceptance amongst citizens.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Cleantech Bulgaria is a catalyst for innovative solutions and a trusted partner of the business, public administration, science and education.  So far over 120 companies have received financial and expert support. Our business network of partners consists of over 500 experts in various innovative fields. Together with our partners we have implemented over 50 projects and initiatives in Horizon 2020, INTERREG, FP7, EIT KICs and national programs.

 

Throughout the years of its activity Cleantech Bulgaria managed to influence the development of the local innovation eco-system by:

  • Implemented successfully over 50 international innovation and research projects and national projects and tenders in the cleantech, business development and innovation field
  • Operating 4 pre-acceleration and acceleration programs through which we have ssupported over 120 emerging technologies in the pipeline for market launch and scale up, attracting over 500 000 Euro additional funding in new ventures and their innovative products and services.
  • Pilot innovation projects for climate innovation with local authorities (cities and regions) and corporates.
  • Providing Education campaigns, professional enhancement and high education programs on circular economy, green jobs and green office practices, and sustainable innovation to more than 22 000 employees
  • Executing dedicated formats for sustainable business for 200 C-Level professionals and 700 entrepreneurs and students
  • Serve as a Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for 3 topics
  • Manages Regional HUBS of The European Institute of Innovation and Technology on Climate (Climate-KIC) and Sustainable Energy (Inno Energy)
  • Member of KRIB - Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria, BESCO - Bulgarian Startup Association and others 
  • Awarded "Business and consulting services” of 2017  by the Confederation of the Employers and Industrialist in Bulgaria (KRIB)