WELCOME TO BRASOV – CITY OF CLUSTERS IN THE BALKANS 2015

Dear Cluster Friends and Family,

On behalf of the Conference Organizing and Programme Committee we are pleased to inform you about the 6th Balkan and Black Sea Conference “Days of Clusters 2015” which will be held on 22nd and 23rd of October 2015 in Brasov, Romania and to invite you to be conference participants. The Balkan and Black Sea Conference “Days of Clusters 2015” is an unique cluster event in the region, which had been held in Nis-Serbia 2010 – 2012; in Sofia- Bulgaria 2013 and in Tekirdag-Turkey 2014.

This year’s conference will be organized in partnership between the Cluster House as conference founder and Innovation and Technology Cluster Alt Brasov as conference host. Conference lead partners are: Romanian Association of Clusters CLUSTERO Bucharest, Enterprise Europe Network and Design for Europe. Strategic partners: Transilvania University Brasov and Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development & Innovation Funding. The key supporting institution of this year’s conference is the Global TCI Network from Barcelona www.tci-network.org .

The mission of this year’s conference is strengthening of the Balkan & Black Sea (BBS) cluster synergy through the public-private dialogue building and regional cluster best practice. The conference will contribute to:
* cluster based economic development in the Balkan and the Black Sea Region
* public-private dialogue creation for better business environment fostering of innovation, competitiveness and cluster development in the BBS Region
* better understanding and cooperation between academic and R&D institutions and business community in the BBS Region
* cross regional networking and promotion of cluster organizations and cluster initiatives in the BBS Region

We are expecting the 6th Balkan and Black Sea Conference “Days of Clusters 2014” to attract more than 200 attendees – cluster practitioners, cluster managers, representatives of public and education and R&D institutions, companies and media. Special guests of the Conference will be high representatives from the State Administration of the Republic of Romania and the Republic of Serbia, the European Commission and European Institutions, the Global TCI Network, the Balkan Cluster Network, who are actively working with the business and clusters, as well as academic experts.

Clusters and their members from the Balkan and the Black Sea region, as drivers for economic development, will be able to present their success stories and good practices. Special focus this year will be devoted to the creative industries sector.

During the conference, we offer you the opportunity to participate in the brokerage event, organized with the support of Enterprise Europe Network organizations from Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. The aim of the event will be to bring together cluster, companies, associations and universities from cultural and creative industries and facilitate generation of new business and project ideas that could be financed under the European Programs and Structural Funds. Registration will be soon available on the website of the conference http://daniklastera.clusterhouse.rs/

For any additional information, please contact the Cluster House via e-mail info@clusterhouse.rs.
Since the conference is not commericial event, the basic conference participation costs will be availabe in September.

We are looking forward to hearing from you in forthcoming period.

Best regards,

Co-chairmen of the conference:

Ms. Danka Milojkovic Director of the Cluster House, Nis, Serbia Member of the TCI BoD, Barcelona, Spain Ms. Andra Chitu Manager of Innovation and Technology Cluster, Brasov, Romania

Mr. Daniel Cosnita

CEO of Romanian Cluster Association CLUSTERO,

Bucharest, Romania