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Wielkopolska ICT Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 26 May, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Wielkopolskie
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Jan
Weglarz
Cluster Manager
+48618582003
weglarz@man.poznan.pl
Maciej
Stroinski
Cluster Manager
+48618582001
stroins@man.poznan.pl
Janusz
Gocalek
Cluster Manager
+48618582002
janusz.gocalek@talex.pl
Slawomir
Debczynski
Internationalisation Responsible
+48618582004
slawomir-debczynski@veraxsystems.com
Robert
Pękal
ECCP Responsible Person
+48618582005
robertpe@man.poznan.pl
Languages spoken: 
English
Polish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Applications for Health
Visualisation, Virtual Reality
S3 EU priority areas: 
ICT trust, cyber security & network security
e-Inclusion (e.g. e-Skills, e-Learning)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
74
Number of SME members: 
59
Number of larger company members: 
4
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
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: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

1. To boost collaboration and ICT research driven projects A) Number of successful project consortia created, B) Number of projects launched. 2. To build strong and valuable relations within the cluster A) Number of events engaging the cluster members. 3. To internationalize the brand of Poznan and Wielkopolska region and associated with ICT innovations A) Number of international and domestic alliances, B) Growth of export.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
None
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
France
Germany
Latvia
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Forum Virium Helsinki
GAIA
Latvian IT Cluster
Green with IT
NAVIGO Nautical Cluster
Barent Region Cluster
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
H2020
INTERREG
Other

FP7 - Regions of Knowledge ICT Wielkopolska project resulted in identifying blind spots on the regional innovation map and launching 5 thematic workgroups wihin the cluster. Apart from that local and international collaborations were triggered.

Interreg BSR StarDust / Mobile Vikings - the project identified key players in the ICT innovation value chain of the Baltic sea Region. A number ICT innovation of concepts were depicted and relevant partnerships launched.

H2020 project I4MS - cluster members aim to raise the innovativeness of Polich manufacturing SMEs by improving accessibility of cloud HPC services.

Other - NCBR - Advanced IT platform architecture with an increased security level - to create a B2C platform for improving the accessibility of scientific resources to SMEs.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

We organize 100+ innovation intensive events with 1000+ participants annually.

In collaboration with Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, we have launched ZOO Coworking Space (now Future Lab) - a physical space for innovators to re-define real-life problems and co-create the future.

We collaborate closely with the local and regional administrations to support the shaping of strategic documents in respect of ICT applications.

We organize fair stands internationally (e.g. 5 x at CeBIT, Hannover) to promote cluster members.