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Open Hub Creative Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 31 July, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Sud-Est
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Clustero
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Badea
Viorica
ECCP Responsible Person
+40743264952
contact@openhub.ro
Female
Geru
Marius
Cluster Manager
+748292764
marius@thecon.ro
Male
Pana
Bogdan
Project Manager
+40757348085
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Romanian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Distribution and Electronic Commerce
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Computer Software
Information Technology/Informatics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Development of regional cultural & creative industries
Support to link cultural & creative industries to traditional industries
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
IoT, AI, Industry 4.0, Digital Industries, Robotics, Marketing
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
16
Number of SME members: 
12
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
8
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Thecon
SME
Adquest Image SRL
SME
Lower Danube University
University
Danubius University
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The goal of the cluster is to highlight Galati (South East region of Romania) as a core of creative thinkers through actions that are in line with the Cultural Development and Communication strategy of Galaţi Municipality 2016-2025. The Innovative Cluster pursues the potentiation, valorisation of local cultures and works that will accentuate the economic potential and the eclectic cultural character of the city.

 

Main Objectives

  • Creating an environment conducive to the sustainable development of its members and implicitly of the economy
  • Creating a centre of creativity that can lead to an important growth of employment in Creative Industries;
  • Supporting Creative Industries (ICs) by organizing various training activities: courses, seminars and workshops specific to entrepreneurs and creative companies (intellectual property, international investment, investment phases, return
  • capital/investment, elevator pitch, etc.);
  • Promoting innovation in advertising and marketing processes, architecture, graphic design, audio and video creation, IT, and other creative domains;
  • Representation of Creative Industries (IC) interests in front of state bodies;
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and in Creative Industries from S-E Romania;
  • Attracting resources (investments, venture funds, etc.) for the development of the creative sector;
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.)
Access to technology services
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Access to the European Internal market

Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)

Facilitate and support services for funding  (connecting to investors, European and national funding, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)

Provision and facilitation of access to training 

Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)

Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Australia
China
New Zealand
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: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Norway
Romania
Serbia
Sweden
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?: 
Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster
IT&C Cluster "Lower Danube"
Innovative Cluster For Health "Lower Danube"
Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Even before the creation of the Cluster, the Open Hub Association organized numerous events centred on stimulating cooperation between institutions and local companies, such as: Blog Me Up, Internet of Things, E-Marketing Hub, I.T. Market, Next Web, Open I.T. 

The themes of these events ranged from stimulating and inspiring bloggers in choosing the right content to present information about the success of a start-up.

 

Once the Cluster was founded, the Launch Conference in April 2018 reunited speakers and entrepreneurs from all over the country to establish collaborations that lead to regional development.

 

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Founded in 2010, the Open Hub Association did not start as a Cluster but as a Non-Profit Organization with the aim of raising support and interest in the local community. As most members who rallied to the association were creative entities, it was only natural to promote this emerging industry in our South-East community. Therefore, in July 2017 the Board laid the foundation of Open Hub Creative Cluster.

The Open Hub Association's initiative to develop a cluster in the creative industries came as a result of identifying this need for interconnectivity among institutions and companies in the creative industries in Galati.