Nine clusters represented Lithuania in the most important international event
More than 170 clusters gathered at the 5th Cluster Collaboration and Matchmaking event in Germany on September 21st – 22nd 2017. Nine of them represented Lithuania. The intensive schedule of meetings and networking paid off: Lithuanian clusters returned not only with verbal cooperation agreements, but also signed agreements for joint activities.
Participation in an international event: is it worth it?
The organizers estimate that this year’s conference was attended by a record number of clusters’ coordinators from 30 different countries. During two days of the event, a number of workshops, sessions and about 600 matchmaking meetings took place.
“This conference is perhaps the most important and largest event in Europe devoted to cluster collaboration. It creates excellent environment for finding partners to cooperate in international projects, helps to increase the internationalization of SMEs, facilitates interregional and cross-sectoral innovations. Although the primary objective of the event was to stimulate applications under the “Innovation Express” measure, practice has shown that results go beyond that”
InoLink Project Manager Jolita Razumiene
Both last and this year Lithuanian clusters were very successful in networking at this particular event.“This time, Lithuanian clusters were exceptionally well prepared to introduce themselves. Their experience is clearly showing. To my knowledge, at least two clusters, Lithuanian plastics cluster and iVita, signed agreements for joint activities with newly found partners during the event”, shared Jolanta Aviženytė, who participated in the event and is Cluster Development Coordinator in the “InoLink” project.
According to her, clusters not only benefit from an international matchmaking sessions: in the course of practical seminars and sessions, clusters are looking for common work grounds, exchange knowledge, crystallize ideas for strategic cross-sectoral innovations.
Funding via MITA
The participation of Lithuanian business representatives in partner search missions abroad is supported by the Ministry of Economy and the MITA (Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology). Applicants might be reimbursed for travel expenses to various conferences, contact fairs, partnership events in the Baltic Sea Region and other countries.
After evaluation of applications, 7 clusters from Lithuania were selected to form a business mission to the 5th International Cluster Collaboration and Matchmaking event: Lithuanian Association of Food Exporters (cluster SMART FOOD), iVita, LAuGEA, Lithuanian Engineering Industry Association LINPRA (Lithuanian Plastics Cluster), Užupis Creative Cluster, Lithuanian Printing Industries Association (LISPA), Public Enterprise “Science and Technology Park of the Institute of Physics” (LITEK cluster).
Those who intend to attend the 6th International Cluster Conference hosted by BSR Stars next year, should not miss on the opportunity to receive funding.
Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology, Lithuania