for the LEDIB Programme beneficiaries, stakeholders, business and academia  & Cluster House members


The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia & the Cluster House Nis

Supported by Faculty of Economics Nis & YUMIS company Nis


Time Topic
10:30 – 11:00 For guests with special invitation

Round Table discussion about the LEDIB Programme impact on the SMEs development in Southern Serbia, and business development enhancement through cooperation between science and practice supported by public sector. Address: Niš, 52 Generala Milojka Lešjanina Str.

Registration of participants

11:00 – 11:30 Round Table opening and welcome address

·  N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

·  Mr. Carsten Lund, President of  The LEDIB Cluster House Union Assembly

·  Dr. Danka Milojković, Director of The Cluster House Nis and the Global TCI BofD

11:30 – 12:30 Plenary session

·        Discussion on the impact of the LEDIB Programme in Southern Serbia and local economic development after LEDIB completion

·        Cluster House role in the region as an exit strategy of the LEDIB Programme and possibilities of its further development and growth supported by the local and regional partners in order to enhance economic development and generate new jobs

·        Discussion with business people about current obstacles to boost development and to expand business activities in Southern Serbia

·        Round Table closing remarks

Moderation: Cluster House Team

13:00 – 14:30 For guests with a special invitation

Working lunch at the ethno restaurant, a member of the Cluster House

15:00 – 16:00 For guests with a special invitation

Visit to YUMIS company, a member of the Cluster House

16:30 – 17:30 Lecture on  State of green – the Danish way

at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics

Trg Kralja Aleksandra Ujedinitelja, Niš

N.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen

Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia

The official language of the Cluster Day in Nis is Serbian language.

The event will be followed by national, regional and local media.

For additional information please contact the Cluster House Info Center via:

e-mail  or mobile phone +381 65- 52 07 121

Looking forward to fruitful discussion to move a step forward cluster-based economic development in Southern Serbia.


The Catalan Cluster of Agricultural Production Means (FEMAC) in collaboration with The PIC consortium, QUALIMEDITERRANEE , VEGEPOLYS and TERRALIA organise the 7th  edition of the PIC meeting, the most important event in the plant production industry organized annually in Europe, which will be held in Lleida (Spain) on the 27th  and the 28th of September 2017. This event is addressed to SMEs, Research Centers, Farmers, agricultural companies, agro professionals, Universities, Start Ups, and clusters from all over the world.

The first day of the event will be focused on a general view of the European Programs on Agriculture, farm and Plant Innovation and it will hold three different workshops which each participant will be able to choose in accordance to their interests. These workshops will deal with the Crop Management approach, the Digitization of the Agri-food sector and the Innovative Technology for Genetics and Breeding. The second day will be build around B2B sessions among the participants to foster future strategic cooperations and around the parallel visits to IRTA, the Agricultural Research Institute in Catalonia, and to the Vineyard Production Plantation in Raimat (Lleida), which will be hosted by AGROPIXEL, a crop management consultancy.

The Pic meeting has already celebrated 6 editions since 2011 in different French cities such as Paris, Marseille, Angers and Montpelier and countries like Portugal and Argentine, all of them with the same topic and structure. Previous editions have been driven by the main aim to develop international cooperation, both in terms of international discovery missions for its members and the setting up of European projects, always positioning the event in the plant sector. Under this objective, the Inter Plant Cluster Consortium focuses its innovations in the following crops: cereals, seeds, fruit and vegetables, ornamental horticulture, vineyards, tropical plants, medicinal and aromatic.

For further details:


Elisabeth Molina

Telf. 00 34 973 224 921



Facebook: Pic Meeting 2017:


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Cluster House at the INSME Annual Meeting in Mexico

On behalf of the Cluster House Dr. Danka Milojkovic participated in the call for papers for the XIII
INSME Annual Meeting on “IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN SMEs AND THEIR ROLE IN GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS”. Since the paper on the topic „The transnational cluster collaboration platforms as a powerful tool for encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises to access to the global market” has been positively evaluated, the Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network will be presented on this world-wide SME development event within the INSME Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco, Mexico, in May 15-17, 2017.

1. Abstract INSME 2017_Dr. Danka Milojkovic.pdf

2. Milojkovic_Invitation Speaker_13th INSME Annual Meeting.pdf

3. 13th INSME AM Draft 13.04.17.pdf


In the framework of the centenary of diplomatic relations DK-RS , the SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY will be organized at the Cluster House in Nis, in May 11, 2017.

Serbian Cluster Day consists of three events:

  • the cluster-based round table on SME development in South Serbia
  • visit to YUMIS company, a members of the Cluster House Food Processing Cluster Initiative and
  • lecture on State of green – the Danish way given by H.E. Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of The Embassy of Denmark in Serbia at the University of Nis Faculty of Economics.

Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the Balkan and Black Sea Region!

Welcome to Cluster House to jointly celebrate the BBS ClusNet holiday!

1. Pozivnica DAN KLASTERA Nis-Invitation letter CLUSTER DAY NIS_11.5.2017

2. Agenda_CLUSTER DAY in Nis_11.5.2017

SERBIAN CLUSTER DAY in Nis, May 11, 2017

The Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday The Serbian Cluster Day will be held at the Cluster House in Nis in partnership with the Danish Embassy in Serbia.
Dear Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Family  notes the date May 11, 2017 as the Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Development Holiday.
Welcome to Nis – city of clusters in the BBS region!



One of the conference partners is the Cluster House, an organizational member of the Global TCI Network and a coordinator of the Balkans and Black Sea Cluster Network.
Dr Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and the TCI BofD, will present the cluster-based startup model in countries in transition.

The key outputs of the Project “Cluster-Based CZ-RS SME Trade Bridge”

are available on the link:

  • Interactive web platform for direct business cooperation with export-oriented companies and clusters between the CZ and RS is available under the options: “Company” and “Cluster” per each country on the link:
  • Case study of export-oriented SME from the Czech Republic

The successful entry of the Hlimont s.r.o. company to the Serbian market and the establishment of the HK Metal Cluster

pdf Case study Hlimont_final CZ.pdf

pdf Case study Hlimont_final EN.pdf

  • Case study of export-oriented SME from the Republic of Serbia

The successful story of the YUMIS company business model based on benchmarking approach in cooperation with the leading Czech company VITANA

pdf Case study YUMIS_final EN.pdf

Cluster Development Handbook launched


Launched last week at The Competitiveness Institute’s (TCI Network) 2016 Global Conference in Eindhoven, Netherlands, the Handbook provides practical guidance for experienced cluster practitioners, those new to cluster development and for policy agencies.

The author, Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, is a Founder and Past President of the TCI Network and CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand. This reference book is based on Ifor’s two decades of hands-on experience with hundreds of clusters.

In the Foreword, Dr. Christian Ketels (Harvard Business School & TCI Network President) highlights that the book identifies what works and what does not work.

Specific chapters in this 2nd Edition have Forewords from over fifty experts from six continents. Most are TCI Network members.

The 240-page Handbook includes relevant examples from around the world and draws on an extensive range of external material.

For further information:


TCI 2016 cluster conference Eindhoven, Netherlands

The leading worldwide cluster event the 19th TCI Global Conference had been held in the city of innovation Eindhoven in Netherlands last week gathering over 500 practitioners and academicians from over 60 countries.  It was superbly hosted by teams from Brainport Development and Wageningen University in Eindhoven. It was also a great opportunity to meet personally the people behind the network and experience the spirit of it.


TCI 2016 Cluster Community

TCI Network is the leading global network of main organizations and practitioners with deep expertise in clusters and competitiveness, who collaborate in a unique open and flexible context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development.

This year’s TCI Assembly meeting was elected three new Board members from South Korea, Denmark and Colombia.


TCI 2016 Board of Directors

The TCI Assembly members strongly supported the initiative of the TCI Asian Chapter establishment led by Prof. Dr Geunwoo Ryu, dean at Keimyung University Daegu S. Korea. The TCI Network Asia Chapter is heavely supported by Korean Industrial Complex Corporation KICOX and Daegu Metropolitan City based on needs for knowledge sharing between Asia’s developed economies and its emerging economies discussion of diversify cluster development models, increased membership through expansion of exchange between developed and emerging economies around East Asia and between Asian clusters/companies and those on other countries / a good example is the signed MoU between Keimyung University Daegu and the Balkan Black Sea Cluster Network members within the 7th BBS Conference Days of Clusters in Ohrid, Macedonia, in September 23, 2016/.


Geunwoo Ryu, Keimyung University (KR), TCI Assembly and Advisory Board members, Ms. Patricia Valdenebro, TCI CEO

TCI President Dr. Christian Ketels was moderating the Summit Day with good practical examples on cluster polices in India, USA and Russia. Cluster evaluation group had been managed by Madeline Smith and James Wilson at the Academic Track during Working Day. Klaus Haasis gathered the TCI mentors during Summit Day. Tracy Scott-Rimington leaded the TCI Oceania Chapter introducing participants to an interesting delegation from Australia. Jaime Echeverri had coordinated activities of the TCI Latin American Chapter.


Christian Ketels, TCI president and representatives from India, Russia and USA

Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House Balkan & Black Sea Cluster Network, at the Academic Track „Collaborative Learning“ presented the topic “The importance of the cluster-based cross-border cooperation programme to broader regional networking and entrepreneurship development in the Balkans” with the following key learning points:

  • The importance of the cluster-based CBC programme to creation of a highly trustworthy and ethical work environment that provides long-term employment in the specific economic sectors determined after survey;
  • The contribution of the cluster-based CBC programme to share of population living below poverty in the Balkans reduced with special focused on the programme beneficiary countries;
  • The introduction to cluster-based economic development model in the countries in transitional economies.

The cluster-based CBC programme aims at the public-private dialogue development as a pre-condition for sustainable economic development in the region. Information and publicity events for popularization of clusters in the beneficiary countries are tools for export trade collaboration improvement between both countries, involvement of new members in the existing clusters and promotion of the clusters networks created by the programme to the markets of other EU regions/countries.

Within the conference session “A taste of worldwide cluster approaches” moderated by Dr. Danka Milojkovic, gathered cluster experts from four continents: Asia, Europe, North America and Africa. All clusters all over the world are different but they are from the same family.  Korean mini clusters as a new way for social-economic growth, Mexican cluster policy as a key ingrediant of other regional development polices, Russan Industrial Clusters concept and success stories of the Mexican and Russian Automotive Clusters, and Tunisian post-conflict cluster development initiated by the Association Tunisia Technoparks.


Geunwoo Ryu, Keimyung University (KR)



Leisan Abzalilova,Kama innovative regional production cluster (RU)


Andres Guimon, The Cluster Competitiveness Group INC (ES)


Gongi Neila, Association -Tunisia Technoparks (TN)


Rocio Prado, UPAEP UniversitySINTONIA (MX)

In spite the fact that the cluster still does not exist in BiH, in the heart of Netherlands during the Food Innovation Cluster Tour, the Cluster House met a lady Mrs. Emina Joosten Beslagic, a cluster manager of the Netherlands Food, Health and Energy Cluster.


Emina Joosten Beslagic and Danka Milojkovic

The Cluster House, as an exit strategy of the Danish LEDIB Programme, met with the Danish cluster expert from Quercus Group CPH in Eindhoven creating the Danish Balkans Cluster Excellence.


The innovation “The Oxygenbar” primal needs recovery base for feeling really refreshed after 10 minutes using, had been presented at the TCI 2016 conference in Eindhoven.


In company with s researcher of the innovation

At the city of innovation Eindhoven  the conference participants had an unique chance to enjoy in food of future: the Mr. Onion prepared the onion flavoured ice cream with insects



Eindhoven is the region with the highest density of Teslas, 10 superchargers in front of the conference venue hotel Van Der Valk.


Goodbye Eindhoven and the TCI 2016, see you at Bogota, Colombia on the TCI 2017.

TCI Global Cluster Conference 2016 Eindhoven Netherlands gallery