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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 12 April, 2015
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Management Team: 
ECCP Responsible Person
ECCP Responsible Person
Internationalisation Responsible
Project Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Technology fields: 
Biobased Materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Wood & paper (except furniture)
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Bio Based industry
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME 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: 
Cluster Strategy

Objectives: Coordination and networking of clusters in Slovenia Facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation among clusters in Slovenia with focus on Bioeconomy Enlarge partnership up to 10 clusters in Slovenia in selected area Formation of strategic cluster partnerships in Danube and Alpen Space region Formation of strategic cluster partnerships with selected US and African states/countries In next years more than 50 SMEs will find partners abroad due to poly4Emi activities The Poly4EmI was established in 2013 as one of the six projects funded by your unit under the “Cluster and Entrepreneurship to Establish Emerging Industries.” Since then, it became a cluster coordinating and supporting entity in Slovenia, working closely with the Ministry of Regional Development and Ministry of Science in Slovenia Poly4EmI tested and applied the Cluster Management Excellence approach for clusters in Emerging Industries and new value chains. The Poly4EmI develops a variety of new services to be offered by cluster organizations to support industrial transformation. Poly4EmI also indicates that Slovenia has been excluded from cluster development related initiatives at EC level and globally for a decade. Consequently, dedicated attention has been given to internationalization of clusters and proactive participation at EC cluster excellence initiatives. Poly4EmI successfully evolve in Poly4EmI cluster internationalization platforms that bundles and coordinate effort of traditional and new clusters and continue its operation at a macro-regional level, such as Alpen Space, Danube, Adriatic, European and Globally, in particular, US and Africa. Poly4EmI intends to support the implementation of SRIPs - Strategic Research and Innovation Partnerships in Slovenia. SRIPs are key institutions for implementation of Smart Specializations Strategy. All of them put clusters and cluster excellence in the core of industrial transformation and creation of new value chains. Poly4EmI promotes Cluster Excellence and ECEI approach and is nominated by Ministry of Science to act as a regional partner for ECEI in next period.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Details of support services: 

StressTesting - a transnational benchmarking-based approach that enables empirical review and assessment of regional policies for implementation of Smart Specialization Strategies (S3) through clusters. It enhancing mutual learning on transnational cluster policy to support a transformation of existing and formation of new Value Chains and industries 

Cluster Mapping -  assessing clusters in a given region as it provides rich fact-based analysis of local competitiveness to support new value chains 

Value Chain Mapping to point out the whole spectrum of various sectors that need to be involved in the new value chain development.

Cluster Excellence 

Cross Atlantic Innovation Bridges 

Biopolymer Workshops - Open space 




Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
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: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Business Upper Austria
ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg
Veneto Region - Research Clusters and Networks Unit
Cluster Technologies for Smart Cities & Communities Lombardy Foundation
Association of Business Clusters
National Cluster Association - CZ
Croatian Wood Cluster
Montenegro Vine Cluster
Mannheim Medical Technology Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

DanuBioValNet is a multi-country - multi cluster effort to enable the Danube region’s transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy. The development of new bio-based value chains from primary production to consumer markets requires connecting firms across national boundaries and across industries.  DanuBioValNet is a cross-clustering project designed to develop new methods and tools to connect firms and SMEs along bio-based cross-regional value chains through clusters.  As representatives of many enterprises, clusters are chosen to organize and promote industry cooperation.  They promote the creation of new value chains and new partners to enable the sustainable interface of industry, science and politics.

S3-4AlpenClusters The Smart Specialisation concept is an integral part of the EU Cohesion Policy.  The challenge is to implement S3 through clusters in order to enable participating regions to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth of economically viable activities.  In the Alpine Space, implementation of S3 by clusters and cluster organizations can offer an innovative approach to improve innovation capacity.  

AlpLinkBIoEco. A missing holistic transnational/regional approach in the Alpine Space causes existing actors in the bio-based economy to operate disjointed. Relevant clusters operate disconnected, important value chains are not established especially for producing high value applications and products that address critical societal needs: circular economy, environmental sustainability, local employment and quality of life. As the Alpine Space regions possess huge biomass resources and the necessary knowledge and technology to use them in sectors such as green chemicals, biopolymers or bio-based materials, Alpine Space competitiveness potential remains then untapped. AlpLinkBioEco will then create a cross Alpine Space circular bio-based strategy, establishing awareness, assessing, selecting and creating transnational/regional new value chains connecting all relevant actors, and demonstrating the implementation of succesful business opportunities.

TransAlp aims to bring the Circular Economy (CE) approach to farmers in rural Alpine Region (AR) for more sustainable growth by establishing MAP value chains (VC) and supporting Green Infrastructure networks (GI) by promoting sustainable practices and awareness raising High variety of spices of MAPs in AR currently not fulfilling a potential. Phytopharma manufacturer (PM) in AR mainly import MAPs; SMEs can not benefit due to a limitation within VCs and GI. MAP-VC do not yet exist in AR. There is an increased pressure from the PMC-side to build such MAP-VC in the AR by making better use of CE. Cultivation of MAPs in AR and becoming a supplier of PMC provides farmers with a unique opportunity for sustainable growth. Specifically, in health, cosmetics and food biologically produced products are highly valorized. Skill development plays an important role to upgrade the knowledge of actors along the MAP-VC. The main results of the project are a strategic overview on how this cross-cutting topic can work in AR, a fully developed MAP-VC, proposals for upgrading skills of actors involved and first experiences how the GI can work in practice. TRANSALB is led by ClusterAgentur Baden-Württemberg and involves further partners, like ANTEJA / POLY4EMI (Slovenia), Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (Germany), Autonomous Province Trentino (Italy) and Plastic Innovation Competence Centre (Switzerland). The project is about to start in March and last 15 months.


Alpine Space programme is a European transnational cooperation programme for the Alpine region. It provides a framework to facilitate the cooperation between economic, social and environmental key players in seven Alpine countries, as well as between various institutional levels such as: academia, administration, business and innovation sector, and policy making.

The Danube Transnational Programme is a financing instrument of the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC), better known as Interreg. ETC is one of the goals of the European Union cohesion policy and provides a framework for the implementation of joint actions and policy exchanges between national, regional and local actors from different Member States.


Success Story / Achievements: 

Innovation model to support emergence of new value chains 

Creation of 20 cross-sectorial Value Chains projects in support biobased industry in Slovenia 

Creation of cross-regional Value Chains in Danube region (currently in implementation)

Coaching and mentoring scheme for cluster manager for cross clusters and cross-regional collaboration   

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

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Poly4EmI entails clusters, competence, and technology centers active in pulp and paper, wood, automotive, ICT, health, and polymers sectors. It promotes the transition to bio-economy through sectors cross-fertilization, digitalization of value chains and S3. Poly4EmI is a successor of the Poly4EmI EU flagship project on new policy models supporting emerging industries through clusters and smart specialization, led by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports in Slovenia. In this regard, Poly4Emi ensures that new policy tools, analysis, cases studies, projects ideas, cluster coaching and mentoring schemes are further developing. Further Poly4EmI provides expertise and networks to bring together highly innovative and developed regions with catching up through clusters and global value chains.