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Do you work with young people and want to bring a positive impact in their lives, gain new skills and learn more about international youth work and Erasmus +?

CREED Romania invites you to the training Apprenticeship as a Pathway to Employability that will take place between 02nd and 10th of September 2016 in Piatra Neamt, one of the most picturesque cities in Romania / an “urban island” in the mountains.

Travel, accommodation, and meals are covered as the seminar are financed by Erasmus Plus Programme.

The maximum amount we can reimburse for the UK is 275 Euro!

Accommodation will be done at Ceahlau hotel in Piatra Neamt :http://www.hotelceahlau.ro/

There is no participation fee!

What will you gain by attending this training?

·         gain the necessary skills for presenting in a professional way the program to young people, potential employers etc. ( presentation , communication, public speaking skills )

·         learn how to offer consultancy to young people ( knowing very good the process of apprenticeship and motivating young people to continue it, as sometimes they may lose motivation etc. )

·         get career guidance skills ( redirect young people to different potential employers based on the database they will create and the needs of the young people; they will know how to help young people understand what exactly they want from the apprenticeship and in what domain they should do it ) ;

·         necessary skills to persuade the employers, young people in seeing the benefits of the program (  knowing how to set up and run high-quality, successful apprenticeship programmes, presenting the steps, presenting good practice models etc. ; if the employers will receive support from the youth workers they will feel more open to implementing the programme)

·         learn how to create effective awareness campaigns for the interested actors ( Raise your EMPLOYER BRAND with apprenticeship for example )

·         learn how to organise activities to support youth transition to the labour market with specific regard to apprenticeship schemes ( example: public open evening for managers and young people etc. )

·         professional development of the youth workers ( you can become an expert on the topic and offer your services to other interested firms, social actors interested in implementing this kind of programme )

If you are interested, please send us an e-mail to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with the subject Application for Apprenticeship as a Pathway to Employability, attach your Curriculum Vitae and a brief description of your experience in relation to youth work and motivation to attend the seminar.

Cluster collaboration opportunities with Iran and Brazil

Referring to our cooperation with the ECCP, the Cluster House Team would like to inform you about the following significant cluster collaboration opportunities:

1) EU-IRAN Cluster Matchmaking Event, Tehran (Iran) October 17th-18th 2016

On 17th and 18th October 2016 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs should support an EU-IRAN  cluster matchmaking event, with the aim to foster cooperation between clusters from Europe with Iranian clusters, industrial associations or development agencies. Deadline for application: 7 September 2016! For more information see here: http://www.clustercollaboration.eu/event-calendar/eu-iran-cluster-matchmaking-event-tehran-iran-october-17th-18th

2)      EU-Brazil Cluster Matchmaking Event, Lyon (France) 30th November – 1st December 2016 that will take place within the scope of the Pollutec Fair 2016 (Lyon, France). The aim of the Event is to foster cooperation between European and Brazilian clusters and companies. The deadline for application: 9 September 2016! For more information see here:http://www.clustercollaboration.eu/event-calendar/eu-brazil-cluster-business-matchmaking-event

The European Commission supports (financially) the participation of cluster organisations profiled on ECCP.

If you need any other additional information, please visit the following web site:


Otvoren je konkurs za "Future Agro Challenge Serbia 2016"

Serbia Start Up raspisuje konkurs za prijave za Future Agro Challenge (FAC), globalno takmičenje koje otkriva inovacije i startape u oblasti ishrane i agro biznisa iz svih krajeva sveta.

FAC je događaj koji pomaže preduzetnicima da razviju poslovanje i osvoje nova tržišta. Globalno finale FAC je istaknuti događaj u okviru Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), najvećeg preduzetničkog događaja na svetu. GEC okuplja učesnike iz preko 160 zemalja sveta, inovatore, preduzetnike i mentore, a održaće se u Johanesburgu, Južna Afrika, u martu 2017. godine.

Za globalno finale mogu se kandidovati nacionalni pobednici zemalja iz celog sveta.

Nacionalno finale Srbije će se održati 18-19. novembra 2016. godine u Novom Sadu.

Rok za prijavu je 14. novembar 2016. godine.

Prijava mora biti popunjena na engleskom jeziku i šalje se on-line: *PRIJAVA ZA FAC 2016
*Biznis model kanvas treba da pripremite za podizanje u aplikaciji: PREUZMI KANVAS

Kategorije takmičenja su: agro tehnologije, agrokultura, proizvodnja i procesi, ishrana i zdravlje, biotehnologije, bio goriva, održive prakse, robotika i precizna mehanika, agro logistika, prihodi farme, edukacija, agro turizam, bezbednost i zdravlje i ambalaža.

Na takmičenje mogu da se prijave pojedinci, timovi, startapi, preduzetnici ili komapnije koji imaju nova rešenja, proizvode ili procese.

Poljoprivreda je tradicionalno vodeća industrija u Republici Srbiji. Oko 70% ukupne teritorije Srbije (5M ha) čine poljoprivredna zemljišta od čega je 4.2M ha obradivih površina, dok je 30% zemljišta pod šumama. Poljoprivredna i prehrambena industrija stvaraju više od 40% BDP Srbije.

Detaljna uputstva za takmičare možete pročitati ovde: VODIČ ZA TAKMIČARE

Sve informacije i novosti pratite preko web sajta organizatora Serbia Start Up ili Facebook stranice.

Konkurs je objavljen na sajtu Serbia Start Up: TEKST KONKURSA



WORKSHOP Innovative Strategy and Business Model Generation for Cluster Stakeholders and Cluster Management – A SPECIAL GIFT FOR THE BBS CLUSTER FAMILY


We are pleased to inform you that at the VII Balkan and Black Sea Conference Days of Clusters 2016: Creating Cluster-Based Economic Development for a Sustainable Region, from 22 - 24 September 2016, in Ohrid, Macedonia, during the first conference day we will organize the cluster development workshop lead by Mr. Vedat Kunt, strategic management, cluster and export development expert.

Workshop is designed for business owners / decision makers-managers, cluster managers, facilitators, public institute directors-decision makers, who want to make a change in their businesses / organizations / clusters / lives.

Workshop content:

Today, how to establish clusters, and cluster management is not a mystery anymore! There are successful clusters, mediocre clusters, and failing clusters in all sectors and all around the world…

Key for success in clusters mainly depends on;

  • Management of the cluster
  • How to generate innovative strategic ideas and execute them
  • Understanding the customer/user/consumer/stakeholder is the key element

In this workshop, we will deliver the main concept of Strategy and Business Model Generation designed from a Cluster point of view.

Clusters are not so much different then companies! Main difference is; there are several members in a cluster with different stakes, visions and targets!

  • Each stakeholder can (and should) generate individual business models
  • At the same time, cluster should also generate a collaborative business model
  • Innovation should always be the core concept in each and every business model

Accordingly, we will concentrate on the ecosystem the cluster lives in and look into all conditions of the

  • Supply chain
  • Value proposition
  • Profit generation
  • Customer/Stakeholder needs and wants

Overlooking a real cluster case study; we will draw a business model canvas where we can much more easily understand how to look into these details and how to find innovative ways to determine the strategies and which tools to use to achieve success both on a company and on the cluster level…


Vedat Kunt

Member of the Conference Programme Committee Days of Clusters 2014-2016

Managing Partner

VEGO Consulting

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Date and place of Birth: 30.03.1961-Ankara, Turkey

Current Business: Managing Partner, VEGO Consulting Ltd. Izmir, Turkey. Consulting SMEs in Strategic Management, Export Development, Marketing and Brand Development, Supply Chain Management. Consulting and Training in donor funded projects, on Cluster Development, Entrepreneurship Development, Export Development, Innovation Management

Experience: 2007-present Partner, VEGO Consulting Ltd.

2007-2013 Lecturer at İzmir University of Economics, Fac. of Economics and Business Administration; Teaching “Strategic Management” and “International Business” Izmir, Turkey.

2003/06 – 2006/07 Director, EU-Turkey Business Center (ABIGEM) EU funded project.

1985-2003 Executive Positions in Food, Textiles, Office Automation, Cosmetics Sector Companies.

Education: 9 September University, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Marketing, MBA, 2010, Izmir, Turkey

Midlle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering; Industrial Engineering, BSc. ’85, Ankara, Turkey

For more information please visit www.daniklastera.clusterhouse.rs.

If you are interested to be conference participants, we kindly ask you to register your participation via link: www.daniklastera.clusterhouse.rs since the number of participants is limited.

Contacts regarding registration: NCDIEL Skopje Macedonia

Tel: +389 2 3099 481 / +389 70 332 930

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HLB Egypt-Makary Consulting organise a “Knowledge Sharing Conference for Cluster Development Stakeholders in Egypt”

HLB Egypt-Makary Consulting conducted and organised the “Knowledge Sharing Conference for Cluster Development Stakeholders in Egypt” on May 10th, 2016 at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel Cairo. The conference was organised to present the findings of three studies under the “Support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Organic Clusters Project” implemented by the Social Fund for Development (SFD), with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and financing from the MENA Transition Fund.

The main study “To Conduct Mapping of Organic Clusters in Egypt” was conducted and presented by HLB Egypt-Makary Consulting, in cooperation with PlaNet Finance Egypt and Cluster House of Serbia. This entailed defining Organic Clusters and identifying them in all governorates in Egypt; mapping the identified clusters on an updatable interactive IT map; developing the criteria to rank them and shortlisting 10 clusters; conducting needs assessment reports to select six potential clusters for future development, and providing capacity building to a team from SFD.

The other two studies were related to international best practices in cluster mapping and development, and diagnosis of carpet clusters in Egypt. These were respectively conducted and presented by Mr. Mukesh Gulati – the Executive Director of Foundation for MSME Clusters in India and Mrs. Akila Rifaat – Management and Development Consultant.

The conference was attended by AfDB and SFD top management, as well as more than 160 participants from different key active stakeholders related to the cluster development field in Egypt. These included representatives from international organisations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labor Organization (ILO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as active Egyptian institutions such as the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI), the Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC), and the Egyptian Export Council for Handicrafts (EECH), the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), and several business associations and product-specific technology centers and development associations. This is in addition to prominent officials and individuals in the field, and media representatives.

The conference’s success and importance of its outcome were acknowledged by all participants who considered the conference as the first step towards cluster development in Egypt.