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General Information
Year Established: 
Monday, 31 January, 2005
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
BBS ICT Clusters Network
Clusterize
Association of Business Cluster
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Anna
Naydenova
Cluster Manager
+359 2 489 97 44
anna_naydenova@ictalent.org
Peter
Statev
Cluster Manager
+359 2 489 97 44
peter_statev@ictalent.org
Krasimira
Shindarova
ECCP Responsible Person
+359 2 489 97 44
krasimira_shindarova@ictalent.org
Todor
Mitov
ECCP Responsible Person
+359 2 489 97 44
todor_mitov@ictalent.org
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Broadband Technologies
VoIP telephony, remote access
S3 EU priority areas: 
Transport & logistics
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Fisheries
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
286
Number of SME members: 
280
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
6
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Foundation ICT Cluster was created in 2005 by representatives of the Bulgarian ICT business.  Acting as an umbrella organization of Bulgaria ICT Industry , ICT Cluster has  10 members ( ICT associations and ICT clusters ) , which includes  more than 280 ICT SME from different segments of the ICT Industry and 6 Bulgarian technical universities.

ICT Cluster is a strategic cluster initiative of Bulgarian ICT business . The mission of the organization is  to  increase the competitiveness of Bulgarian ICT industry by support of ICT SME growth, promotion of ICT cluster excellence and  creation of new business opportunities through cross- border, cross-industry and cross-cluster collaboration.

 

ICT Cluster activities are aligned with the following goals:

 

  • Promotion of cluster approach and cluster excellence as a tool to increase the competitive of Bulgarian ICT SME; 

 

  • Support of industrial transformation and development of emerging industries by using ICT in Bulgaria and the region;

 

  • Facilitate entrepreneurship, foundation of business skills,  supporting establishment of national system for technology risk financing;

 

  • Creation of new global business opportunities across regions, industries, borders, and continents;

 

  • Boosting technology transfer, Innovations and R&D development in Bulgaria; 
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
United Arab Emirates
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
Albania
Greece
Hungary
Romania
Serbia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
ICT Cluster Bern
Cluj IT
ICT NET
INNOSKART
NI CAT
Automotive Cluster Slovenia
ODTU TECHNOKENT
Corallia
HAMAC
ICT Cluster - Plovdiv
Automotive Cluster - Bulgaria
Vojvodina ICT Cluster
Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications
Cluster Microelectronics and embedded systems
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

 

Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for smart and inclusive growth - DANUBE ICT

The project Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth - DANUBE ICT leaded by ICT Cluster have started on 1 December 2015. The project is financed by the DANUBE START program, supported by the EC and City of Vienna. 

The project duration is six months and its main objective is to create sustainable, strategic trans-national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkans and the Danube region by establishing a common strategy for cross - cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in a favor of SMEs.

Partners in the project are: Foundation ICT Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, and Montenegrin IT Cluster. All members of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network will be actively engaged in the process of successful project implementation.

Ventures - Erasmus of Younge Entreprenurs 

From 2010 till now, ICT Cluster is partcicpating as an Intermediary Organization (IO), in different partnerships under the program Erasmus for Younge Entreprenures. 

The projects is an European exchange program aiming to help new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) by spending time working in another EU country with an experienced entrepreneur in his or her company.
The program is financed by the European Commission and COSME and operates across the EU with the help of more than 100 local, regional or national intermediary organisations/IOs/ competent in business support.

The program establishes business to business relationships. New entrepreneurs from one ЕEuropean country travel and stay to host entrepreneur to another EU country and get daily entrepreneurial knowledge and experience with him/her in the period of 1 to 6 months.

The matching of the new entrepreneurs with the host entrepreneurs is carried out with the help of the intermediary organisations (IOs).

 

I3E - Promoting innovations in the Industrial Informatics and Embeded Systems Sector through Networking 

The main project objective of I3E project was the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in the SEE area, placing emphasis on advanced products and services associated with the sectors of industrial informatics and embedded systems. The project is in-line with the area of intervention 1.1 since it is primarily developed a technology and innovation network of research / academic institutions as well as enterprises and facilitators of innovation in the area related to the aforementioned sectors. 
The I3E Project is financed by South-East Transnational Cooperation Program of EU and co-financed by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Work  of Bulgaria.

The project resutls: 

  • Development of the transnational Strategic Research Agenda that will help align research activities in the industrial informatics and embedded systems sectors towards common goals applicable in the SEE area. The involvement of the public administration in the aforementioned community aiming at the adoption of the SRA at the Structural Fund management level. 
  • A methodology guideline for innovation that will be elaborated taking into account the wiki input and analyzing the applicability of the selected best practices in the SEE area.

 

 

 

Entreprenurship without borders

Foundation ICT Cluster has implemented a project “Entrepreneurship without boundaries”   BG051PO001-7.0.07-0215, financed under Bulgarian Operational Program “Development of Human resources”, co-financed by European Social Fund from European Union. The project partners are Ardino Municipality and Cork BIC.

The main aim of the project is to develop human resources, to improve the quality of life and to promote the social inclusion in Ardino Municipality through development of entrepreneurship, transfer of European best practices and know-how in the field and use of information and communication technologies.

Specific project objectives аrе:

  • To stimulate employment and development of the region through implementation of  trainings in entrepreneurship in the Ardino Municipality;

  • To create an entrepreneurial culture and to stimulate business thinking and communication of young people, citizens of Ardino Municipality, through transfer of best practices and know-how from the Cork Incubator  – CorkBIC, Ireland;

  • To promote the implementation of innovative methods based on ICT technologies  for implementation of qualified entrepreneurial trainings and access to information and education in remote Bulgarian regions ;

  • To create sustainable ecosystem for own business development and to promote entrepreneurial  spirit in Ardino municipality, through the analysis of existing conditions for creation a business incubator in Ardino following the example of CorkBIC;

Target group of the trainees within this project is new and would-be entrepreneurs from Ardino Municipality at the age between 18 – 40 years old. It is necessary applicants to have high school or university degree and to have own business or idea to start own business.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Establishment of Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network 

Conference "Cooperation of ICT clusters in the Black Sea region for growth, prosperity and competitiveness" was held on 10 and 11 April 2014 in Grand Hotel Sofia.

The event was organized by the Foundation ICT Cluster and the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the Bulgarian Presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Major Sponsors of the event were VIVACOM, Sofia Tech Park and "Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications".

The conference was attended by representatives of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ministry of Economy of Romania, Ministry of Economy and Energy, representatives of business and clusters of the region.
The main topic of the event was the cooperation of the ICT cluster in the region to becoming a more attractive place to invest and a better place to live. The main focus of the conference topics were related to ICT technology in intermodal transport, the development of new-generation broadband, cyber security, etc.

Participants in the event supported the idea that the cluster approach is an essential tool to be applied in the BSEC countries in order to support SMEs and competitiveness and to promote innovation in the region. 

 

Establishment of CoderDojo branch in Ardion region, Bulgaria 

With the support of CorkBIC and ICT Cluster in Ardino was created branch of CoderDojo – an initiative for training in programming for nonprogrammers - children at age 7-17 years.

CoderDojo is a global movement established in 2011 by James Welton and Bill Liao and supported by CorkBIC. 2 years after its establishment the  movement became a global phenomenon!

On June 14, 2014 in the School "Vasil Levski" Anton Tcholakov and Nikolay Chochev organized the first CoderDOJO meeting  in  Ardino, supported by the ICT Cluster and CorkBIC. The initiative was attended by 18 participants. During the meeting, participants created their first web pages.

Danube ICT Project 

On December 1, 2015 the project Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth - DANUBE ICT has started, leading by ICT Cluster.

The project duration is six months till  and it is funded by the European Commission and the Danube Strategy. The main objective of DANUBE ICT is the creation of sustainable, strategic trans-national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkans and the Danube region by establishing a common strategy for cross - cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in a favor of SMEs.

Partners in the project are: Foundation ICT Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, and Montenegrin IT Cluster. All members of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network will be actively engaged in the process of successful project implementation.