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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 10 June, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lietuva
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
No
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Diana
Vertelkienė
Cluster Manager
+37061275388
diana@defuturo.lt
Gintaras
Rimša
Internationalisation Responsible
+37069833762
gintaras@bct-parts.com
Languages spoken: 
English
Lithuanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Sensors & Wireless products
Applications for Health
S3 EU priority areas: 
e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing)
Information service activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Smart textile, wearables for sport, rehabilitation technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
21
Number of SME members: 
13
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
1
Number of larger company members: 
4
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
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
UAB "De Futuro"
SME
Lithuanian sports university
University
AB "Audimas"
Larger Company
AB "Ortopedijos technika"
Larger Company
Lympo
SME
UAB "Baltes CNC Technologies"
SME
UAB "Elinta"
SME
VšĮ "Robotikos mokykla"
SME
UAB "Impuls LTU"
Larger Company
UAB "SDG grupė"
Larger Company
UAB "Pikotera"
SME
Maistas sportui
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 
Mission. Why we are?
Our mission - to provide market oriented to the users needs high-quality and high-value-added products and services, to introduce and promote the latest and most effective production and management technologies, to promote business and educational institutions collaboration in research and technological development area, to promote youth entrepreneurship in the country, to enhance the competitiveness of cluster enterprises in both inside and outside markets.          
 
Vision. Who we want to be?

Our vision - to become well known cluster in Lithuania and abroad, become attraction and constantly expand by attracting new businesses and educational institutions from Lithuania and abroad, and create a favorable environment for R&D activities.

 

          
 

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Details of support services: 
Why it's worth being a member?
 
  1. Events and meetings aimed to spreading news, competencies and communication: • Members of cluster have opportunity to find out about good practice from other companies and apply it in their own; • Opportunity to initiate mutual projects and business activities, related to purchase, supply or other activities of interest; • Development of organisation activities process (meetings take place according to principle of rotation); • Consultations about confronting any daily activity problem (e.g. when releasing a new product a consultation about product labeling is needed).
  2. United participation in exhibitions, resulting in decreased expenses;
  3. Membership forms a good image for your organisation (public relations) through partnership and collaboration with other organisations;
  4. Advertisement tools for own communication;
  5. Sharing important information and collaboration between cluster members using mutual communication tools;
  6. Opportunity to generate new EU project ideas, support from experienced project promoters, easier partner approachability and reliance, forming new business ideas while communicating with each other;
  7. Joint marketing activities and costs for promoting mutually developed wellness products and services;
  8. Wellness cluster iVita is active and widely known as good practice example, this can have positive influence on getting an approval for new EU funding applications (wellness cluster iVita is represented as one of the best examples in Lithuania);
  9. Recognition and visibility of cluster in Lithuania and on international level (at the moment cluster coordinator strives to increase cluster's recognition outside Lithuania by  implementing project funded by the Baltic Sea Region “BRS Stars” financing tool “Innovation Express” programme and through other effective marketing tools);
  10. Increasing network of contacts: opportunity to use connections between clusters economy subjects in their network of connections;
  11. Opportunity to attend various workshops and seminars with smaller fees (e.g.: opportunity to organise group training with external expert, inviting other cluster members to take part in a specific seminar);
  12. Wellness cluster iVita newsletter, where you can publish your information;
  13. Various publicity increase tools for cluster while forming a good image about your organisation and mutual partnership with other companies;
  14. Time well spent while pursuing mutual aim – making community healthier.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Kazakhstan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Germany
Italy
Norway
Poland
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Ou cluster usually participates in international exhibitions for sport and fitness and rehabilitation (for example, FIBO, OT World, Medica ) and business missions (last year we had business mission to Germany for international projects (H2020, „Eureka“, „Eurostars" ant other) partners search).

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Amuebla (Spain)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
Other
Programme call: BSR Innovation Express
Project name: International network gates to Germany (IntergatesDE)
Project period: 01/04/2017/-30/09/2018
 
 
Programme call: ITEA 2 Call 8, Challenge: Ageing society & wellbeing Project name: CareWare - Smart wearable sport and health solutionsProject 13034
Project period: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Project partners: 16
Project countries: BELGIUM, FRANCE, LITHUANIA
Project leader: Eolane Les Ulis (France)
Project partners from Lithuania: AB "Audimas", Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuanian Sports University (LSU)
Project: Smart wearable sensors system for human health monitoring (iMon)
Project No. VP2-1.3-ŪM-02-K-04-055
Project Date: 01/10/2013-30/09/2015
 
UAB "Baltec CNC Technologies" together with partners - UAB "De Futuro" and AB "Audimas" has just completed the implementation of an innovative project "Smart wearable sensors system for human health monitoring (iMon)". Its implementation was intended for the financing of EUR 235 378.82 from the European Regional Development Fund under the Economic Growth Action Programme priority "Economic competitiveness and economic growth of the research and technological development" by the measure "Intellect LT".
The project goal was to creat smart wearable bio-sensors system for heart rate, respiratory and temperature monitoring.

More about this project: http://www.i-vita.lt/en/pages/projektai-2/smart-wearable-sensors-system-...

More about our projects: http://www.i-vita.lt/en/pages/projektai-2/sveikatingumo-klasterio-ivita-...

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Wellness cluster iVita is the first one which got European quality mark of cluster management in Lithuania

Wellness cluster iVita was the first one that got the European quality mark of cluster management in Lithuania on 10th October, 2014. The coordination and management activity of cluster was evaluated with the bronze mark. On the basis of PI “Versli Lietuva” data, currently there are more than 40 various clusters in Lithuania.

“We are glad that the practice of this cluster was evaluated and appreciated in the European standards. We are the first ones who got this mark of cluster management quality in Lithuania. It is possible that there will be more similar initiatives in the near future. This shows that we have the potential necessary for clustering. We can develop ourselves successfully and align with the other European clusters.” – says Diana Vertelkienė, the coordinator of the wellness cluster iVita.

The expertise of this cluster was made in 03rd September, 2014 relying on the European secretariat of cluster analysis (ESCA, www.cluster-analysis.org ) methods. ESCA connects the experts from 27 countries. The secretariat was founded by the German company VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH. This is the sequel of the successful European cluster initiative which was initiated by the European Commission in 2009. The examination was made by the expert Dr. Gerd Meier zu Köcker.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

What can we offer?

 

  • Reliable partnership in any EU funded project where our competences can be exploited;
  • A number of technologies and solutions that can be applied while developing new products and services;
  • Cooperation in new product development for the wellness, rehabilitation, smart textile, health prevention and physiological data monitoring through IT;
  • Our knowledge and experience.