2019 March 19 d.

Baltic Cluster Forum 2019

Organizer: MITA, LIC

Location: Kaunas, Park Inn Hotel

Lithuanian Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology invites all parties who are interested in creating international partnerships with clusters and companies in the Baltic region to the second conference & matchmaking event the BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM 2019 which will take place in Lithuania on March 19th.

Come to network

BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM provides excellent platform to gather latest insights, network and find new partners. Extensive matchmaking session for C2C (cluster to cluster) and B2C (business to cluster) is hosted in addition to informative conference, where experts from different countries share their knowledge. The First conference and matchmaking event BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM attracted more than 200 participants from 7 countries and its success confirmed the necessity of this kind of event.

Come to learn

BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM 2019 this year is officially included in EU Cluster Weeks initiative and will focus on one of the key factors to ensure growth and success in the future clusters: innovation. During the conference, variety of local and foreign experts will provide best practices to start, promote and sustain innovation process, reveal the significance of international and cross-sectoral partnerships in fuelling innovation engine.

Registration is open (on your right) and detailed program is coming soon!

All registered participants are welcome to visit Baltic Cluster Forum 2019 matchmaking platform and register (create profile, set up meetings etc.) to participate in our matchmaking session.

Programme

10.00Registration and welcome coffee

Moderator: Ričardas VALANČIAUSKAS, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) 

10.30Opening speech

Visvaldas MATIJOŠAITIS, Mayor of the Kaunas city (tbc)

10.35Introductory remarks

Jekaterina ROJAKA, Vice minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

10.50EUROPEAN CLUSTER POLICY – USING CLUSTERS TO SUPPORT INNOVATION IN EUROPEAN SMES

KEY NOTE:  Anna SOBCZAK, PhD, Policy Officer at Advanced Technologies, Clusters & Social Economy (DG GROW), European Commission 

11.20CLUSTER MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE AS TOOL TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF CLUSTERS

Benedikt SEDLMAYR, Cluster Agentur Baden-Württemberg 

11.50Lunch break
13.30GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS AND LOCAL CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Artūras JAKUBAVIČIUS, PhD, Lithuanian Innovation Centre

13.50FOCUS ON INNOVATIONS – KEY TO LITHUANIAN PV CLUSTER COMPETITIVENESS

Prof. Juras ULBIKAS, Lithuanian Photovoltaic Technology Cluster

14.10TO NETWORK OR NOT TO NETWORK?

Doris POLD, Estonian ICT Cluster

14.30

 

PITCH SESSION

Moderator – Ričardas VALANČIAUSKAS, MITA and Doris POLD, Estonian ICT Cluster 

15.00Coffee break
15.30-17.30B2B Matchmaking Session

 

EU funding opportunities for innovative clusters

MITA, LIC consultations

Informal discussions & networking /MITA workshop

About the Forum

BALTIC CLUSTER FORUM  is organized under the project Promotion and Development of Innovation Networking (InoLink) which is coordinated by the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) and funded by the European Fund for Regional Development. The project is being implemented together with the Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC) and aims to encourage companies to merge into clusters, to increase cluster maturity, to promote their growth and international collaboration.

About EU Cluster Week

The European Commission has launched the first initiative of EU Cluster Weeks 2018-2019. The EU Cluster Weeks aim to increase European participation at cluster events and raise awareness on the role of clusters and the results they achieve in supporting SME (small and medium sized enterprise) growth, industrial transformation and regional economic development. The campaign shall help interested stakeholders to spot and join interesting events across Europe and meet their peers.


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