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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Region of South and Easth Serbia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Serbian Cluster Association
3B ICT Clusters Network
Digital SME Alliance
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Goran
Mladenovic
Cluster Manager
+381 62 442674
goran.mladenovic@ni-cat.org
Male
Jana
Stevanovic
ECCP Responsible Person
+381 62 240258
jana.stevanovic@ni-cat.org
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Distribution and Electronic Commerce
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Electronic engineering
Computer Software
S3 EU priority areas: 
ICT trust, cyber security & network security
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Electro medicine, Mechanical engineering
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
41
Number of SME members: 
34
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
4
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
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: 

 

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS AND APPROACH

In today’s world the IT and high technologies are the driving force of development. Our region is marked as a region with engineering culture. We believe that there is a huge potential and opportunity for success.

A cluster is a higher level of cooperation and collaboration. Following the proven five helix model and best practices in cluster development, we have established a long- and short-term perspective in our work.

An experienced cluster manager, committed board and active SMEs pursue six strategic directions leveraging all the potentials of regional stakeholders with thesupport of the City , and at the same time establishing links and cooperation with Regional and national agencies, Development agencies (USAID, GIZ, EEN, SIIPO, SWISS...) We believe in systematic approach and create systematic solutions.

VISION - The region of South East Serbia is the center of development of Advanced Technologies in the Balkans.

MISSION - To leverage potential and increase opportunities for the region in the field of advanced technologies.

OUR GOALS

1 Increase the turnover of the cluster members both on the national and international markets.

2 Strengthening the capacities of the companies for technological development and innovations and development of new technological products and services.

3 Promotion of the City of Nis as a favorable location for business operations in the advanced technology field.

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

Cluster Development

  • Institutionalization of cluster P&P development
  • Increasing the quality and quantity of the services in our portfolio
  • Financial, institutional, social and economic sustainability
  • Increasing the number of members and areas of work

Increasing competence and standardization

  • Bringing the latest trends
  • Managerial and business competences
  • Technical competences
  • Raising awareness of the new approach

Encouraging innovation, Research and development, development of product, projects

  • Transfer of the technology and knowledge among the members
  • Generation of new innovative projects
  • Boosting R&D
  • Engagement of all innovation sources
  • Exchange of experiences and success stories
  • Entrepreneurship promotion

Cooperation with faculties

  • Bridging the gap between science and business
  • Curriculum and approach modernization

Internationalization and domestic market (marketing and sales)

  • Open new business opportunities in the country and abroad
  • Increasing the requirements on the domestic market

Branding and Lobbying

  • Lobbying for the industry and Cluster position
  • Branding the industry and region
  • Promotion of great opportunities for the youth
  • Branding the role of IT in competitiveness of business
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
Canada
China
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Other
Please explain: 

All of the above - promotional activities, participation in missions/events/study visits/fairs and support to collaborative activities/etc.

European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Austria
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Other
Please explain: 

All of the above - we organized promotional activities, participation in missions/events/study visits/fairs, trade shows and support to collaborative activities/etc.

NiCAT cluster has active Business Ambassadors Network. Our Ambassadors are located in China, California, Netherlands and Switzerland

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Albanian ICT Association
BIT Alliance, Bosnia and Herzegovina
ICT Association of Chamber of Commerce, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications
ICT Cluster, Bulgaria
ICT Cluster Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Mechatronic Cluster, Bulgaria
Corallia, Greece
HAMAC, Greece
STIKK - Kosovo ICT Association
MASIT - ICT chamber of commerce, Macedonia
Montenegrin IT Cluster
Cluj IT Cluster, Romania
ICONIC Cluster, Romania
ICT Cluster of Central Serbia Kragujevac
ICT NET, Serbia
Vojvodina ICT Cluster, Serbia
Vojvodina Metal Cluster, Serbia
FACTS - Fashion and Apparel Cluster, Serbia
Autocluster, Serbia
ODTU TEKNOKENT, Turkey
Odessa, Ukraine
Mazovia Cluster ICT, Poland
GIS - Transfer center foundation, Bulgaria
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

IPA CBC BG-SRB programme - ATM Integration project

NiCAT main projects are: IPA CBC BG-SRB programme - ATM Integration project (2012); NARD (National Agency for Regional Development) programme - NiCAT cluster InterSTART project (2012/2013), Inter-sector project - Best national cluster project in Serbia (2013/2014), SLDP USAID programme - ICT Cluster Academy project (2014). NARD programme- NiCAT Dermoskope project - Best national cluster project in Serbia (2014/2015), E-learning platform for employees learning and development (2015/2016), Ministry of foreign affairs - economic and investment potential of the city of Nis (2016)

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS

  • One of 6 best clusters of Serbia
  • Key innovation partner with cohesive role in the region
  • Self-sustainable from first day
  • Transfer of know-how in country and abroad
  • Permanent cluster's and SMEs' growth in all aspects of business
  • Strategic cooperation with a large number of institutions and organizations
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

WHY WORK WITH US

  • Professional and experienced staff in international projects (16 completed projects - 2 active Erasmus+ projects), CEO 17 years of working in international teams
  • Numbers of change and transformation initiatives successfully completed
  • NiCAT members-champions (CERN suppliers, ICT Security experts, photonic, H2020 and FP7 participants, 20 innovative products oriented companies...)
  • 4.0 Industry and 5 sectors
  • Wider network - Contact point to 20 clusters from 10 countries (founders of 2 important networks)
  • Region with engineering culture (Nis historically was center of electronics on the Balkans) and Strong City orientation and synergy of various stakeholders (annual Forum, smart city as strategic orientation of city)

OUR VALUES

  • We show integrity in everything we do. We walk our talk.
  • We promote change. We constantly change and improve ourselves, our business and our community.
  • We encourage partnerships. In today's world working together can make a difference between success and failure.
  • We foster innovation. As the innovation point contact for this region we connect stakeholders to produce new value.
  • We create technology. Technology improves people's lives, making us a better society than we were yesterday..