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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 27 November, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Mazowieckie
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Other Label: 
Key National Cluster
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
ICT4Future
Energy in Water
MultiCluster Mazovia
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmail
Mariusz
Stachnik
Cluster Manager
mstachnik@klasterict.pl
Łukasz
Wielec
Cluster Manager
lwielec@klasterict.pl
Artur
Radzio
Cluster Manager
aradzio@klasterict.pl
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Polish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
GIS Geographical Information Systems
Satellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS
S3 EU priority areas: 
Space
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
150
Number of SME members: 
125
Number of larger company members: 
6
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
11
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Website
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission of the Mazovia cluster ICT is to bridge the gap between the action and conditions for SME’s development in the metropolitan area and the rest of the Voivodship. Cluster accomplishes this mission by establishing and developing cooperation between sector of computer science enterprises, telecommunication, telecommunication and electronic media R&D units, universities and business institutions and local authorities in the area of Warsaw and outside metropolitan area.

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
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.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of technology transfer
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Argentina
Japan
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: 
Denmark
Germany
Hungary
Ukraine
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Madrid ICT Audiovisual Cluster
Cap Digital
Denmarks Tekniske Universited
Irish Software Association
TICE.pt
GAIA
Aerospace Valley
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

VOICE – Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem

Mazovia Cluster ICT is participating in international project called VOICE (Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem). Project is funded by European Commission (ICT policy support programme, competitiveness and innovation framework programme). VOICE is an international virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem based on open innovation, crowdsourcing andco-creation principles that has no physical location as opposed to traditional business incubators. Voice is the on-line platform which will help bridge the gap in the broader entrepreneurial development ecosystem by providing the virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Source of the project funding: ICT Policy Support Programme – European Commission

 

Semantic Baltic-assessing and developing tools & techniques to process BIG DATA in Baltic Sea Region

Semantic Baltic is aimed to facilitate daily collaboration among R&D Institutions and their business and administrative partners in the Baltic Sea Region, by addressing key problem related to information analyses. This project is creating a new, semantically-driven framework for such challenge and builds condition for international R&D collaboration. The project is using state of the art approach for information analysis so helps narrowing the gap and increases the international presence of R&DIs from Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern shores of the Baltic Sea, by supporting their collaboration with better developed R&D's across the BSR.

Source of the project funding: EUSBSR Seed Money Facility

 

CECIL – Cluster Excellence for Creative Industries Leadership

CECIL consortium unites European clusters to drive cluster excellence and provide top professional support services in the digital cultural and creative industries (CCI) sector (ICT for CCI). The consortium is integrated by clusters with different levels of expertise (without ESCA label, with bronze and with gold label) which provides a solid and dynamic internal structure for peer-to-peer learning that will be enriched with strong activities for international exchange of experiences. All participants will take part in the benchmarking activity, increase their level of expertise in theoretical and practical training activities and integrate the lessons learnt into their clusters’ strategies. The consortium will analyse the currently provided services to design new ones that better adjust to the committed participants’ needs and/or upgrade current services. A study visit will provide the necessary practical insight. A targeted mentoring activity will be carried out to encourage clusters to engage in cluster excellence activities and help them to prepare for this path. Additional dissemination activities will raise awareness of the benefits of investing in cluster excellence activities among the own clusters’ committed participants, to other clusters and regional/national and European policy makers. The consortium envisages concrete follow-up activities, such as the creation of the first European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) on digital cultural and creative industries.

Source of the project funding: COSME programme

VOICE – Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem

Mazovia Cluster ICT is participating in international project called VOICE (Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem). Project is funded by European Commission (ICT policy support programme, competitiveness and innovation framework programme). VOICE is an international virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem based on open innovation, crowdsourcing andco-creation principles that has no physical location as opposed to traditional business incubators. Voice is the on-line platform which will help bridge the gap in the broader entrepreneurial development ecosystem by providing the virtual innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Source of the project funding: ICT Policy Support Programme – European Commission

 

Semantic Baltic-assessing and developing tools & techniques to process BIG DATA in Baltic Sea Region

Semantic Baltic is aimed to facilitate daily collaboration among R&D Institutions and their business and administrative partners in the Baltic Sea Region, by addressing key problem related to information analyses. This project is creating a new, semantically-driven framework for such challenge and builds condition for international R&D collaboration. The project is using state of the art approach for information analysis so helps narrowing the gap and increases the international presence of R&DIs from Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern shores of the Baltic Sea, by supporting their collaboration with better developed R&D's across the BSR.

Source of the project funding: EUSBSR Seed Money Facility

 

CECIL – Cluster Excellence for Creative Industries Leadership

CECIL consortium unites European clusters to drive cluster excellence and provide top professional support services in the digital cultural and creative industries (CCI) sector (ICT for CCI). The consortium is integrated by clusters with different levels of expertise (without ESCA label, with bronze and with gold label) which provides a solid and dynamic internal structure for peer-to-peer learning that will be enriched with strong activities for international exchange of experiences. All participants will take part in the benchmarking activity, increase their level of expertise in theoretical and practical training activities and integrate the lessons learnt into their clusters’ strategies. The consortium will analyse the currently provided services to design new ones that better adjust to the committed participants’ needs and/or upgrade current services. A study visit will provide the necessary practical insight. A targeted mentoring activity will be carried out to encourage clusters to engage in cluster excellence activities and help them to prepare for this path. Additional dissemination activities will raise awareness of the benefits of investing in cluster excellence activities among the own clusters’ committed participants, to other clusters and regional/national and European policy makers. The consortium envisages concrete follow-up activities, such as the creation of the first European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP) on digital cultural and creative industries.

Source of the project funding: COSME programme

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

1. According to the cluster strategic objectives such as supporting international cooperation between Mazovia Voivodeship and foreign entities, Mazovia Cluster ICT and State Space Agency of Ukraine established in 2015 a new legal entity - AEROSPACE COMPANY KOMMUNAR INTERNATIONAL Sp. z o.o. “KOMMUNAR” is a new platform made for starting a close cooperation between Poland and Ukraine. The main objectives of this project are: development of space sector in Poland, make use of space sector to develop polish industry, knowledge transfer, development of polish ICT through space sector technology, creating new PL-UA projects. Three functional areas of “KOMMUNAR” potential involvement within the space sector have been identified: communication with satellites, optical and radar payloads for Earth observation systems, ground support equipment for tests and satellites integration (mechanical, electrical, optical). Our members obtain a chance to put effort in space sector, make use of their ICT competences to develop industry – ICT and space sectors are closely connected. They can also look into this innovative activities – only a few entities have a chance to operate on this market. Our committed participants have an opportunity to establish cooperation with Ukrainian entities. Moreover, Polish Armaments Group is strongly involved in “KOMMUNAR” development as well as MCICT members. One of the new domains of MCICT is willing to explore is the space sector in Poland.

2. The VOICE (Virtual Open Incubation Ecosystem) is an international project implemented under CIP programme, supported by the European Commission. The VOICE  aims to create an online, open and collaborative innovation ecosystem. This crowd-driven virtual business incubator bridges the gap between entrepreneurial “need-action” and facilitates community-driven value. The VOICE ecosystem will enable individuals that aspire to become entrepreneurs to turn their entrepreneurial interest or need into a collaborative research project that will result into a prototype and to a successful business. The main objectives of the incubator are: R&D support, entrepreneurship support, innovation support, cooperation between enterprises and local authorities support, prevention of unemployment, increasing competitiveness of relevant markets, industries. The VOICE ecosystem focuses upon the ICT market and its key driver software and IT services (online & m-applications, open data apps, social networking apps, games, etc.). VOICE addresses the needs of B2C segment: individuals, students, university graduates and young entrepreneurs, etc.; B2B segment: universities and educational institutions, investors and venture capitals, mentors & innovation consultants, enterprises, individual consultants and mentors, traditional business incubators, start-up associations & non-profit organizations supporting innovation & entrepreneurship, etc.; B2G segment: European Commission, national governments and national ministries of innovation, growth and entrepreneurship, EC-BICs (European Commission -Business and Innovation Centers), governmental institutions and agencies (i.e., patent offices (national, regional, international) & Intellectual Property Organizations) and the community at large (wide comprehensiveness of the VOICE).  VOICE will enable business entities to offer their services to a broad community, have community-driven indications to serve as an “initial” market-based proof of concept mechanism for investors, VCs, and companies that want to buy-out specific ideas and/or prototypes that have been developed by VOICE’s incubators. VOICE will enable government sector to have an overview of the EU and global innovation and entrepreneurial activity, while facilitate the participatory, development of community-driven national and regional policies in relation to innovation and entrepreneurship via the VOICE Innovation Observatory. The VOICE virtual platform is ready to use. The number of total users is still growing.

3. MaxiMapa Sp. z o.o. (currently a member of the Cluster) established in 2012, is based on internal concept. The main objectives of this project were: development of Geographic Information System (Mazovia Cluster ICT competence area), innovation support, R&D collaboration, SME support and entrepreneurship development. The main activities of this project was: to establish new start-up, implement internal collaboration between cluster management team and cluster members, create a new, innovative product – automatic, floating, water measuring system. This system is a unique product on the GIS market in Poland. The product won an international contest - Galileo Masters.  Mazovia Cluster ICT participants obtained an opportunity to peer into this innovative technology, draw an inspiration to make use of their own innovation potential. MaxiMapa is an example of our best practices, our members have got a chance to follow through the process – from the very beginning to the final stage. MaxiMapa is constantly developing its innovative potential, creating new projects under the MCICT.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

- one of the most important clusters in Poland (Key National Cluster),

- member of two ESCP,

- more than 150 members,

- international projects,

- wide national and international network - universities, public authorities, government, SMEs, large companies, NGOs, ICT specialists, individuals,

- experienced managers and staff