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Knowledge-Intensive Development Association

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 14 November, 2016
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Северен централен (Severen tsentralen)
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Databases, Database Management, Data Mining
S3 EU priority areas: 
E-Commerce & SMEs online
e-Government (e.g. e-Procurement, e-Participation)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
robotic processes automation, A.I.
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
A Data Pro ltd
Larger Company
SeeNews Ltd
Semantic Interactive
Veliko Tarnovo University
Zetta Systems ltd
Cluster Strategy

Mission: We position Bulgaria as a top global destination for knowledge-intensive services

Vision: We aim to improve the competitiveness of Bulgaria as a global place for delivering knowledge-intensive industries. We aim to constantly improve the conditions for doing knolwedge-intensive sector business in Bulgaria and increase improve the overall investment climate in the country.


1. Promote the role of the knowledge-intensive sector services (KISS) in the economy of Bulgaria 2. Promote clusterization as proven and efficient means of cooperation and development. 3. Improve the education and training in skills and knowledge relevant to the digital economy 4. Develop new generation solutions and innovations based on KISS 5. Support the role of higher education in improving the attractiveness of the sector and strenghten the triangle of knowlege 6. Help in the knowledge and innovation transfer and R&D activities in the country 7. Introduce and promote global state-of-the-art technologies in the IT and data -value chain 8. Develp international and local projects for the benefit of the KIS sector and our members 9. Support the development of entrepreneurship and innovative SMEs, including via knowledge transfer and training 10. Develop new methods of cooperation with laboriatories, researchers, universties and the business 11. Support the career and talent growth of young people in the knowledge-intensive services economy 12. Ensure long-term sustainability of the KISS development and achievements

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
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: 

We have a team which works on tenders and calls/grant opportunities for our members. As they represent a large spectrum of the IT-data-content-analysis value chain KIDA identifies tenders (procurement notices) and calls that are suitable for or require the expertise of our members especially in view of the growing complexity of such tasks in the industry. This leads to the build-up of expertise in cross-company teams which apply as consortia together . The process is managed and facilitated by KIDA.

We also try to expand into more than just business development by adding "functional" departments - such as HR teams (recruitment/training) and Marketing teams, who will support the job search, trainings and promotion of the cluster and its members.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
South Africa
United States
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: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
INKO - Information, Knowledge, Opportunities cluster
BOA - Cluster of the Bulgarian Outsourcing Association
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

We are phase-1 approved candidate as a startup cluster under the national OPIC-funded programme for development of cluster organizations, call BG16RFOP002-2.009.

Success Story / Achievements: 

We have been developing successful projects for our members (as standalone applicants or as joint offers) for various programmes even before we were formally registered - e.g. Eurostars or local OPIC calls. As a result we became one the most successful "consultancies" under Eurostars and the innovation schemes in Bulgaria.

Previously our team also helped develop the cluster of the Bulgarian outsourcing association which was grew to become one the leading employer representatives in the country.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Choose us because we have a unique organization and scope of operations, encompassing the entire content value-added chain. With over 200 separate services, 35+ langugages, global coverage and expertise we cover hardware and IT, automation and AI, via data aggregation, dataset building and mapping, content indexing and filtering, editorial, journalism, abstracting, media monitoring and clipping, source processing, media analysis, research and surveying, business intelligence, risk & compliance analytics, financial and legal analysis etc.

In addition, we have dedicated employees and teams who can provide bid/proposal writing, administrative support and consultancy, project management expertise etc.