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Successful Foresda Kick Off Meeting

Ljubljana, Slovenia / March 6, 2017
The project FORESDA – Forest based cross-sectoral value chains fostering innovation and competitiveness in the Danube Region – was officially launched 6-7th of March 2017 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The official kick-off meeting took place on Tuesday, 7th of March, at the Slovenian Forestry Institute. The event was dedicated to a broad audience, and approached a series of interesting topics. The meeting started with the welcome speeches of Mr. Igor Milavec, director of CCIS – Wood Processing and Furniture Association, Mr. Miha Humar, dean of UL Biotechnical Faculty, Mr. Primož Simončič, director of Slovenian Forestry Institute.

Mrs. Tamara Högler – Head of Innovation and International Affairs at CyberForum e.V, lead partner presented the FORESDA project, offering the audience an insight into the activities planned and the main outputs of FORESDA, mainly increasing innovation potential of the traditional wood sector.

Pictures about the event are available in the ‚Gallery‘ menu of our webpage,  on our facebook page: and twitter:

Tamara Högler certified as ESCA cluster expert

Tamara Högler, coordinator of the Business Roaming Agreement, was certified as cluster expert by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA). ESCA is a network of cluster experts from more than 30 countries.

Cluster benchmarking interviews are conducted by specifically trained ESCA benchmarking experts. After theoretic and practical training the experts have basic background knowledge on the ECEI methodology and are able to conduct the benchmarking interviews and to discuss the results with the benchmarked cluster organisation.

Each expert has been working with cluster organisations for several years and has a thorough knowledge about management systems and approaches.

Find out more about the ESCA experts at

PERMIDES: Vouchers for IT&biopharma cooperation: Call for Proposals open now

Call for Proposals open now

The voucher funding scheme of PERMIDES is aimed at SMEs from the biopharmaceutical sector developing novel personalized medicine products and solutions (e.g. biotech/medtech companies, diagnostics companies, CROs, biobank companies, bioinformatic companies). Only biopharma SMEs, together with IT SMEs, according to the EU definition and established in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries can submit the proposals for funding provided by PERMIDES. To be eligible for funding, project teams need to consist of one biopharma SME as main applicant/beneficiary and at least one IT SME as service provider. Potential project team partners can be found e.g. via the PERMIDES platform offering the need-vs-expertise-based matchmaking of companies from the biopharmaceutical and IT sector.  Biopharma SMEs can avail benefits from this call for obtaining vouchers up to a maximum of € 60,000. IT SMEs can collaborate with various biopharma SMEs in multiple projects, and are not affected by € 60,000 limit. Please note that biopharma SMEs are the beneficiaries of the innovation projects and the costs involved in providing the services by IT SMEs will be funded and paid to IT SMEs by PERMIDES.

Interested biopharma and IT SMEs can apply now:

With the semantic matchmaking platform the biopharmaceutical SME and the ICT partner can jointly tackle an innovation barrier in the value chain using innovation vouchers valued up to60,000 €. Descriptions of the vouchers can be found here:

Start of FORESDA project

Kick Off Meeting, Ljubljana, Slovenia / March 6, 2017
On Tuesday, 7 March, 2017, the public kickoff meeting of the FORESDA project will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the framework of the HOME Fair DOM (

Through its activities, FORESDA aims at transforming the traditional forest-based areas into innovative, modern areas, but also at developing innovation-friendly ecosystems to improve or reconfigure the existing value chains. In addition, FORESDA seeks to improve the innovation culture in SMEs and to strengthen collaboration in quadruple helix clusters by implementing new ways of collaboration in the Danube area. Its objectives will strongly support knowledge transfer, collaboration and innovation towards a more resource and energy efficient and environmentally sustainable Danube region.

Find out more about it here!

German Federal Cluster Week

Germany / April 20-28, 2017
For the first time, a nationwide cluster week will be organized on the initiative of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing in the period from 20-28 April, 2017. The Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel have taken over the patronage. The federal states will actively participate in the implementation.

The Cluster Week aims to present the diversity and strength of the German cluster landscape. Regional cluster activities are presented under one umbrella. The Cluster Week will be opened with the annual conference of the „go-cluster“-programme on 20 April, 2017 at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

Find more about it here!

PERMIDES: Pre-registration for interested biopharma and IT SMEs is open now

PERMIDES project supports Personalized Medicine
PERMIDES aims at strengthening the competitiveness and foster the innovation potential of Personalized Medicine as an Emerging Industry in Europe by providing key solutions for the reconfiguration of the biopharmaceutical value chain towards a Health Economy 4.0. To do so, PERMIDES will create an collaboration space consisting of workshops, a semantic online matchmaking portal complemented by matchmaking events that will allow biopharma enterprises to identify the most suitable ICT company from the participating clusters.

Pre-registration for interested biopharma and IT SMEs is open now:

As soon as the matchmaking platform is online (expected for March 2017), the biopharmaceutical SME and the ICT partner can jointly tackle an innovation barrier in the value chain using innovation vouchers valued up to 60,000 €.

Descriptions of the vouchers can be found here:

++Save the date: Bled eConference++

Bled, Slovenia,18-21 June, 2017
Bled eConference has been shaping electronic interactions since 1988. It attracts speakers and delegates from business, government, information technology providers and universities and is the major venue for researchers working in all aspects of “e”.

With fresh ideas and complementary themes the conference wants to establish a creative environment for researchers, government, industry/business representatives and technology providers and an attractive meeting point for discussing new R&D and project ideas, also in the spirit of new Horizon 2020.

Find more about it here!

++Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2017++

Cluj-Napoca, Romania/ June 2017

Following the success of the previous edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under the label of the Dutch EU Presidency, next year’s fifth edition will take place in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania region – Cluj-Napoca

The exact dates of the event which will most probably be mid-June 2017 will be communicated soon.


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg / May 9 - 10, 2017
ICT Spring is a Global Tech Conference hosting an array of International Professionals. This two-day yearly event is held in Luxembourg City, at the heart of Europe, and offers the participants a unique opportunity to deepen their Digital Knowledge, capture the Value of the fast-growing FinTech Industry, and explore the impact of Space Technologies on Terrestrial Businesses, through exhibitions and demonstrations of the latest Tech Trends and Innovations. ICT Spring is also the perfect place to network with peers and future business partners.

For more information: