Second Regional Seminar part of Smart Factory Hub's - Road Show
After the first seminar in Varna, on February 18th ICT Cluster organized second regional seminar in Plovdiv.
Two companies applied and were approved for receiving voucher under SFH project
ICT Cluster received two applications by two production oriented SMEs, Europack Bulgaria M and Mechanical Design and Construction - MDC, that will collaborate with foreign companies. The applicants met all criteria and were approved for receiving a voucher after providing a feasibility study for transfer a smart technology in collaboration with solution providers, respectively, form Czech Republic and Romania.
Conference "Industry and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes"
Learning and Demonstration Seminar and Conference "Industrial and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes" took place on 19.10.2018 at Microsoft Innovation Center Bulgaria, Sofia Tech Park, The event was organized by ICT Cluster within the framework of the Smart Factory Hub project funded under the Danube Transnational program.
Save the Date: First Webinar on Digital marketing
The project Green ICT Development (GIVE) aims to increase the global competitiveness of SMEs by boosting the emerging industries development and SMEs performance on global markets. With this project we help SMEs to find the right partners, to create common knowledge base for internationalization and marketing and to produce globally competitive products and services.
Four trainings will be carried out in order to provide practical assistance within the project. They will be focused on basic skills and knowledge about the internationalization.
The first of them is the webinar about Digital marketing - it will be focused on digital marketing instruments and the opportunities to promote companies and their products abroad.
Please, register here: http://eepurl.com/dDxn-j
The main topics of the training will be:
- What is Digital Marketing;
- Bayer Personas and why is important to your digital approach;
- Digital Marketing channels and how to use them effectively for your business:
- Why Digital Marketing should be a part of your Marketing strategy?
The webinar will give you the opportunity to learn about best practices.
The facilitators will provide useful tools that would help SMEs in digital marketing.
We kindly request to confirm your participation no later than
Nikoleta Miteva is a professional Marketer from Bulgaria with more than 5 years of business experience in Marketing, Employer Branding, Human Resources, with a emphasis in Digital Marketing.
She has been working in the Employer Branding and Digital Marketing fields for more than 3 years. During this time she was a part of many creative teams. She has executed multiple projects with some of the largest Bulgarian employers in Automotive, IT, Finance, and Logistical sectors.
Nikoleta’s bachelor's degree is Organizational Psychology from "New Bulgarian University." She also has B2B Digital Marketing and Digital Marketing Specialization from "Software University.”
As a part of several NGO organizations, Nikoleta had the opportunity to be a trainer of few trainings on different topics: Personal Branding in Digital”, “Elevator Pitch”, “Alternative job searching in Digital”, etc..
Kaloyan Gadzhev is a Managing Partner in CreateX, digital performance agency where he is responsible for project management and advice his clients how they can make most of their digital opportunities and include them in the marketing mix. He has more than 5 years of experience in digital marketing with both B2C and B2B businesses.
He is experienced with content marketing and Google’s marketing products, tracks and uses customer data in every stage in his campaigns to increase performance.
Co-founder of the online media Uspelite.bg where responsible for digital presence, sales and partnerships.
GIVE cross-industrial collaboration focus group
GIVE partners have met last week in Cluj Napoca, Romania in order to participate at a focus group on cross – industrial collaboration among ICT, Automotive and Green Industry. The activity is part of the WP2 of the project aiming to contribute to the elaboration of Intelligence Market Report and GIVE Internationalization strategy. The focus group discussions were based on the results of GIVE project survey where companies from 6 countries and 3 sectors have participated. The common interests were grouped in two areas of further intervention of the ESCP - smart transport and electromobility and smart cities. Next focus group will be in Sofia in September, and it will be focused on barriers for internationalization of SMEs.
Balkan and Black sea ICT Clusters Network is growing with a new member
On 29 June 2018 regular meeting of Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters' Network took place in Cluj Napoca, Romania. The partners have been hosted by Cluj IT, in the framework of GIVE project events. During the meeting the Draft of Sustainability Strategy for Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters' Network was presented by Anita Tregner Mlinaric and discussed among the members. The document is supported by REG USAID project and is very important for future Network development and activities related to ICT Clusters from the Balkan region. The new member of the Network is the Smart Green Technologies Cluster from Latvia.
Партньорска среща в Белград, Сърбия по проект Smart Factory Hub
29-30 Май 2018 г. в гр. Белград, Сърбия се проведе партньорска среща по проект “Smart Factory Hub“ финансиран по транснационална програма Дунав, по който фондация „Клъстер информационни и комуникационни технологии“ е партньор.
По време на срещата всеки партньор представи събираните от него иновативни продукти и услуги и основните трудности които се срещат. Събраните продуктите и услуги от всичките десет партньора ще бъдат включени в каталог и разпространени до заинтересованите страни. Тодор Митов – асистент по проекта, представи събраната до момента информация от ИКТ Клъстер. Бяха организирани посещения на компании, чийто дейности спомагат за развитието на иновативното развитие на сръбските малки и средни предприятия.Специално внимание, партньорите отелиха на създаването модел на ваучерна схема, по която заинтересовани компании могат да кандидатстват за да получат финансиране за успешен технологичен трансфер. Взето бе решение да бъде организирана работна среща на консорциума в България в края на септември 2018 година.
Срещата бе съчетана заедно с първия от 10 регионални демонстративни обучителни семинари. На него сръбски малки и средни компании представиха своите продукти и услуги. Семинарът беше видео заснет като записът ще бъде публикуван на платформата за е-обучение.
Sofia Tech Park will host two major european events on Technologies and Innovation
On June 13-14th in Sofia, Sofia Tech Park will host the first ever Tech Tour Eastern Europe Tech Tour (EETT), to be held
The EETT is a three-day investor roadshow in Warsaw and Sofia, showcasing successful start-ups and SMEs from Central and Eastern Europe.
As part of Entrepreneurship, Investment, Tech Transfer and Incubation: Best practices and next initiative for cooperation in South Eastern Europe upon the initiative of the Bulgarian Minister of Economy on the 13th of June. , an invitation-only strategic policy discussion meeting will be held; it is entitled:
It will convene representatives of Ministries of Economy, Science and Innovation, Venture Capital and Private Equity associations, Funds-of-Funds and National Promotional banks with the aim to discuss best practices for fostering innovation and agree on next common initiatives.
The policy meeting consists of 3 sessions, each consisting of a strategic discussion with introductory presentations followed by interventions by all participants with best practice examples and recommendations:
· Regional initiatives and challenges of SEE countries fostering entrepreneurship
· Investment fund formation attracting private capital
· Tech transfer and incubation leading to societal and economic impact
The meeting will help participants the opportcan bunity to participate in active discussions and to also gain insight from other local and international policy makers, VC and corporate investors and financial institutions, among which IBM, Almaz Capital, Samsung, Microsoft, and Earlybird Venture CapitalAll participants and speakers of the Eastern Europe Tech Tour can be found .
The full programme is available
This meeting format encourages active participation.
To register, please message .
During the second day of the Eastern Europe Tech Tour (EETT), on the 14th of June in Sofia, will be held Innovative Enterprise Week Sofia 2018 (IEW) – Financial Instruments Fostering Research and Innovation. The event is an initiative of the European Commission with strong senior presence from the EC, EIB and EIF.
A particular focus of the conference will be to enhance interactions between financial instruments to help innovative firms access finance more easily including: Innovfin, COSME’s financial instruments, European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the European Innovation Council, and including instruments at regional, national and local levels.
Discussion topics will include:
· The next Multiannual Financial Framework
· Important new financial instruments, such as Horizon Europe, which was announced this week
· The €2.1 billion Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds Programme VentureEU just announced by the European Commission
IEW will bring together policy makers in research and innovation, including:
- Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation
- Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission
- Roger Havenith, Deputy CEO of the European Investment Fund
- Jean-David Malo, Director, Open Innovation and Open Science, European Commission
Details about the confirmed speakers are available , and the event programme .
Participation in both events is free. I’m attaching a detailed programme of both events.
Обучение за фасилитатори по проект Smart Factory Hub
В периода 24-26 април 2018 г. в гр. Щутгарт, Германия се проведе обучение на фасилитатори по проект “Smart Factory Hub“ финансиран по транснационална програма Дунав, по който фондация „Клъстер информационни и комуникационни технологии“ е партньор.
Обучението беше организирано от Университета в Щутгарт. За пръв път в проекта парньорите представиха своите фасилитатори, които ще играят ключова роля в по-нататъшното изпълнение на проекта. ИКТ Клъстер бе представляван от Анна Найденова – координатор по проекта и Тодор Митов – асистент по проекта. Фасилитаторите, бяха въведени в проекта, а след това участваха в обучение за трансфер на технологии, индустрия 4.0, иновативни технологии в производството, : 3D принтиране, интернет на нещата, автоматизация и промишлени сензори.
По време на обучението университета организира посещения на ARENA2036 – институт към университета в Щутгарт , както и компанията Cirp, където на партньорите бяха представени иновативни продукти в сферата на умните фабрики и 3D принтирането.
3rd Agile Serbia Conference
Agile Serbia Conference has become the biggest Agile event in the region. During the last conference 500+ attendee from 10+ countries across Europe visited the event!For the next, 3rd Agile Serbia Conference, are prepared hot topics about Agile, Leadership and Software Development. You can also expect some novelties. The 3rd Agile Serbia Conference will be even more interactive than the 2nd one, with the promise to keep the quality of an educational part of the program. Join the biggest Agile and IT event in the Balkan region! See you on the 27th of April 2018!
For the full list of the speakers, more information and registration visit: AGILE SERBIA 2018
Smart Factory Hub project was presented at TCI Conference Europe 2018
Peter Statev – chairman of the board of ICT Cluster presented the project Smart Factory Hub at the TCI Conference Europe 2018 that was held in Sofia Tech Park on 21st of March. TCI Conference is one of the biggest events on European level and it was attended by representatives of cluster organisations, public agencies, industry and universities from 26 countries. The project SMART FACTORY HUB, on which ICT Cluster is a partner, was presented as a tool for shaping the digital future of Bulgaria and increasing the competitiveness of the manufacturing companies with implementing smart technologies in the production process.