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RESTART Balkan CLUSTER Development

After 5 long years lack of cluster development in the Balkans, the new optimistic time with the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event comes for the Balkan clusters.

The Cluster House, an exit strategy of the Danish LEDIB Program 2007-2012 and its self-supported tool the BBS ClusNet (2012) with over 170 clusters in the region, have been recognized by the EC as a potential strategic partner in the region.

50 clusters from the Cluster House BBS ClusNet  and the Mediterranean Region were attended the ECCP Greece Cluster Matchmaking event in Thessaloniki from 13-14 September 2017 cluster network, supported by the Unit of Clusters / EC DG Growth.

Synergy of the ECCP, the Cluster House BBS ClusNet and the EEN on the ECCP Greece Cluster Event preparation heavily contribute to the cluster-based Balkan Region EU integration.

The Balkan Mediterranean Clusters Family was together in Greece with the aim to discuss strategic solutions for RESTART the Balkan CLUSTER development. The Balkan clusters need systemic, long term and bottom up support from the EC. The Balkan cluster intermediary organizations (National clusters associations, cluster management organisations, consulting clusters, etc) and clusters are one of powerful drivers for sustainable economic development in the region and in the same time tools which could boost the Balkans to open its sleepy eyes and successfully integrate with the rest part of Europe.

The next Balkan cluster family gathering will be in Bucharest, 22-23 November 2017 and in Sofia in March 2018.

Cluster-based partnership in the Southern Serbia for cluster development in the Balkans

In the framework of the Serbian Cluster Day which was held in Nis in May 2017 under the patronage of the Danish Embassy in Belgrade and the Cluster House exit strategy of the Ledib program (2007-2012), on Wednesday 23th of August the Higher Business School in Leskovac, the EpusLe ACTIVATOR Youth Entrepreneurship Cluster and the Cluster House signed the GRAND AGREEMENT on cooperation for the cluster-based capacity building projects in Serbia and in the Balkans. The Balkan clusters will get the oportunity to upgrade their knowledge, skills and experience with regional and international experts for the first time in the Balkans after ending of the Ledib mission.
Looking forward to see you cluster family in beautiful Southern Serbia, Nis and Leskovac-center of the clusters in the Balkans.


Southern Serbian partnership for the Trening Center for youth entrepreneurship and clusters in Serbia and in the Balkans

POZIV ZA ŽENE JUGA SRBIJE – Ženskim klasterom starih zanata do tržišta

Radite ili planirate sopstveni posao, evo prilike da u Leskovcu učite kako da poslujete, udruzite se u klaster i nastupite snaznije na nova tržista.
Prijava preko UPŽ Srbije ili na  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it do 10.septembra 2017.
Povratna autobuska karta do Leskovca obezbeđena ili troškovi automobila (benzin, putarine) za prevoz najmanje 3 osobe.
Broj mesta ograničen. Prva trodnevna obuka krajem septembra!

U prilogu je program radionica i upitnik koji treba da popunite i prosledite kako bi Vaše učešće bilo odobreno.

Vidimo se u Leskovcu da zajedno vratimo sjaj našem lepom jugu!

 Pozivnica i program radionica.pdf

 Upitnik.doc

The first EC – Cluster House BBS ClusNet meeting in Nis, Southern Serbia

Since 2013, the Cluster House, an exit strategy of the Danish Ledib Program, is a fully self-supported and self-sustainable, non-governmental and non for profit, private partnership organization. The Cluster House is an unique business development model and meta cluster organization in the Balkan and Black Sea for cluster-based cross regional and transnational development.  According to our model, many international organizations have established similar business networks, platforms and organizations.

After 5 years 'fighting' for strategic cluster development in the BBS region in the framework of the seven Days of Clusters conferences, which gathered over 1500 experts from 33 countries from 5 continents, it seems that cluster time in the Balkans is finally coming.

The clusters are mediators between three economic development pillars: business community, academia and public sector. Clusters are not companies, they are non-governmental and non for profit HUMAN based entities. The Cluster House Model is developed based on trust and respect building between members what is the key for sustainability. We are not motivated by funds to develop our region.Funds are coming from our outcomes and impacts. We are motivated with creating better overall environment in our beautiful and traditionally turbulent region. Almost all new networks and platforms are initiated by funds and probably will stay alive as long as they are funded. We are not register of clusters, we are family, know each other, help each other and deeply believe in our synergy will enable us a long professional life and prosperity in the region.

After five years fighting for strategic cluster development in the Balkans, the Cluster House efforts and outcomes became visible and potential useful to European cluster-based institutions.

The Cluster House has been visited by Dr. Anna Sobczak, EC officer yesterday August 16, 2017.  The new cluster development perspective is coming on the Balkans. The Cluster House BBS ClusNet is ready to support the new EU cluster strategy for the Balkans. Details will be discussed on the Greece Cluster Round Table between 38 clusters, the Cluster House as a meta cluster and the EC officers in September.

The Cluster House is happily looking forward to proposals which should outcome from this meeting and the ECCP Cluster Matchmaking event in Greece.

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The Cluster House founded upon the initiative of seven clusters from SE Serbia with technical support of the Danish Programme for Local Economic Development in the Balkans LEDIB in 2011. It is non-governmental and non-for-profit innovative business development organization for support to cluster – based economic development in the Balkan and Black Sea Region, fully self-supported and self-sustainable since 2013.

Due to lack of National strategy for SME development from 2013-2015, in 2014 the Cluster House Management decided to primarily focus its business development strategy on cross-board and transnational cluster collaboration waiting on time to be able to contribute cluster-based economic development in Serbia. In the meantime the Cluster House initiated and developed the following cluster development networks:

The ⦁ Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network since 2012 which includes over 170 members – clusters and supporting institutions in the region.

The Serbian Cluster Community Network, based on the signed MoU with the LEDIB Programme and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2012. The Cluster House is a facilitation manager of the ⦁ Serbian clusters collaboration platform of 47 Serbian cluster organizations. There are more than 80 clusters in Serbia with more than 47.000 cluster members – around 85% SMEs and about 120.000 employees.⦁ The ⦁ Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network since 2012 which includes over 170 members – clusters and supporting institutions in the region.

The Cluster House is coordinating the ⦁ Balkan Clusters – an electronic platform for cross border cluster cooperation between Bulgaria and Serbia including over 35 cluster members and the ⦁ CZ-RS SME Trade Bridge – an electronic platform for export-oriented SMEs and clusters between Czech and Serbia.

⦁ The Cluster House Info Centre has developed business network which consists of over 3000 contacts with experts in the field of economic development, institutions and entrepreneurs in the region and on the global level.

The mission of the Networks is making of the cluster synergy in the Balkan and Black Sea region in order to develop transnational cluster-based sustainable economic development projects, approach development funds and appear on new markets.

The Cluster House Model is a proven way of supporting and accelerating cluster development in countries in transition.  The model fosters collaboration through networks, meetings, advisory services, inter-business networks, matchmaking events, and training sessions. The model covers business support for clusters, SMEs - start-ups and existing companies, which includes business information, consulting, training, communication, B2B C2C matchmaking and promotion.

The Cluster House is founder and leading co-organizer of the Balkan and Black Sea Conference Days of Clusters (DofC), the biggest cluster event in the SE Europe and worldwide well known cluster brand name. Since 2010 the seven DofC Conferences had been attended by representatives from 5 continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia with Oceania and North America;  33 countries.

The Cluster House is proud on its volunteer efforts to organize the seven “Days of Clusters” conferences, the leading cluster event in the SE Europe with the worldwide recognisable brand name, contributed in making new partnerships and friendships, in creating the new jobs and peace in the region…

The Cluster House Training Centar for Cluster Development in the Balkans is located in Leskovac, Sothern Serbia since June 2017, as one of conclusions in the framework of the Serbian Cluster Day in May 2017, organized in partnership with  the Danish Embassy in Belgrade.

…currently there are a lot of regional cluster events and projects accelerated by the Cluster House mission, now for the Cluster House it is time for new cluster development in the Balkans...


EC selected 38 clusters for Cluster Matchmaking in Greece

The ECCP Cluster Matchmaking event will be held in partnership between
ECCP, the EEN and the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network
in Thessaloniki, Greece from 13-14 September 2017.

The EC selected 38 cluster applications for the event. The participation
cost for selected clusters will be reimburse for one cluster
representative in the amount up to 800 EUR per cluster.

Over 80% of selected clusters by the EC are members of the Cluster House
Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network (BBS ClusNet).
The Cluster House Team would like to thank once again to the BBS ClusNet
members on their trust, respect and cooperation.

See you in Thessaloniki to jointly advocate for the Balkan cluster
policy in the frame of the EU Cluster Policy.