Current projects:

KETGATE (01/07/2017 - 31/08/2020)

The National Cluster Association - CZ is a project partner of the KETGATE project - Key Enabling Technologies (KET) drive innovation and improvement across a range of business sectors. KETGATE is a project that connects business support organisations and research institutes to help small and medium-sized companies access high-level technology. The project partners will help develop a network that can build a KET ecosystem, which makes innovation more accessible to them.

KETs provide the basis for product innovation across multiple industrial sectors. Companies active in sectors like food, transport and healthcare make use of innovative infrastructures and technology services through regional channels. The KETGATE project brings together business support organisations and applied research institutes from eight countries to develop and test operational models and tools linking small and medium sized companies with their suppliers. KETGATE will help small and medium sized companies to access high-level technology services and thus strengthen their linkages to the relevant actors in research and technology. The project will develop starter-kits and toolboxes with the aim to let the existing network grow towards a KET Innovation Ecosystem. As a result, SMEs will be able to bring smarter solutions quicker to market, leverage private and public investments and support the dynamic development of KET know-how and application in the area of central Europe.

Project is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF)

For more information about the project please see.

Project Partners:

  • Steinbeis-Europe-Centre of Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, DE (vedoucí partner)
  • Veneto Innovazione, IT
  • National Cluster Association, CZ
  • Upper SilesianAgency for Entrepreneurship and Development Ltd.
  • Bay Zoltán  Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research
  • Jozef Stefan Institute

Finnished projects:

DanuBioValNet (01/01/2017 - 30/06/2019)

Project co-funded by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA)

The National Cluster Association - CZ is a project partner of the DanuBioValNet project - Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region. Aim of this project is to develop new methods and tools to connect enterprises transnationally. Clusters as the representatives of many enterprises are chosen to organise the industry cooperations and creation of new value chains, because they are sustainable partners and guarantee the upgradeability in the dimension industry, sciences and politics.

More information find here.

V4Clusters Go International (V4ClusGO) (10/2016 - 09/2017)

Clusters have been recognised as a proven tool for economic development and the important delivery bodies for SMEs. The project addresses the topic of cluster internationalisation, which the Commission Communication “For a European Industrial Renaissance” identifies as a particular priority. As the internationalisation competences and activities are not sufficiently developed with the V4 clusters, the project will create conditions to unfold and exploit their potential in initiation and improvement of international business cooperation. 
The five project pillars include the initial TRANSFER of knowledge among the project partners to share the project concept and implementation mechanisms. The SURVEY of needs and opportunities will encompass the data gathering on current cluster internationalisation activities, identification of interest in new markets and target destinations demand analysis with specific focus on the ASEAN countries. The joint participation of the project partners and mobilised clusters in the EVENT of the European Strategic Cluster Partnership – the NATUREEF regional matchmaking seminar – will be a practical demonstration of the international activity supported by the European Commission. The EDUCATION workshop will top the cluster competences building with the participants’ ability to elaborate their own internationalisation strategy. The managers of V4 clusters with practical internationalisation achievements will add the value to the training. The project ASSESSMENT reports will summarise the activities stimulated by the project in the Visegrad countries including the crossborder cooperation and joint European partnerships for cluster internationalisation.

This project is implemented and co-financed by International Visegrad Fund

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V4ClusterPol (1/2016 - 12/2016)

V4 cluster policies and their influence on the viability of cluster organisations

The goal of the project is to cooperate in research, exchange of knowledge and experience within the topic of cluster policies and their influence on the development of cluster organizations, i.e. their viability in the V4 countries. The framework of the cooperation is outlined by the analysis of the focus of V4 cluster policies and selected cluster organizations. The results will cover recommendations & best practices for development of V4 cluster policies for strengthening V4 competitiveness.

The project regards the assumption of no 'one size fits all' cluster policy. Thus cluster policies in the V4 countries have been implemented in various approaches predominantly as a part of innovation policy, policy of competitiveness or SMEs support to name a few. Hence, according the previous research they have impact on establishing and viability of cluster organisations.

The goal of the project is to compare different approaches of cluster policies in the V4 countries including supporting institutions and to analyse historical development and current stage of the cluster organisations in these countries from different points of view and their impact on the regional development.

Methodology of the research in the individual countries will be used in the same manner at two levels: i) level of governments and agencies supporting cluster organisations development within the national and regional dimensions and ii) level of cluster organisations managers. Secondary data for research will be collected employing government strategic documents content analysis and utilizing statistical data concerning financial support. Primary data will be assembled as a result of the survey, that will be conducted by the form of semi-structured interviews.

The evaluation of data results in: 1. revealing conditions of cluster organisations in the V4 countries, 2. identification of best practices, 3. providing recommendation for cluster policies improvement within the Cluster Policy Reports in each V4 country.

The project partners will compare the results in the V4 countries on the basis of knowledge sharing within academic workshops. The key results will be disseminated via the Final conference and website. Events will be held with presence of cluster policy representatives, cluster managers and other cluster stakeholders.


This project is implemented and co-financed by International Visegrad Fund

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The Importance of Clusters for the Trade and SMEs Development (06/2016 - 11/2016)

The intention of the project is to strengthen the economic development of the Czech Republic and the Republic of Serbia by using new business cooperation models and specialisations on the cluster basis. The strategy of the project involves the increase of the internationalisation capacity of clusters and creation of preconditions for internationalisation activities of their members (companies, SMEs and other organisations and institutions) within cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Serbia. The project is financed from the state budget within ODA Czech Republic.

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Gender in Innovation - Innovation in Clusters (12/2014 - 11/2015)

The project was focused on the gender mainstreaming in clusters in the Moravian–Silesian Region. The main goal was to support the equality of gender in all innovation spheres and boost the innovation potential of clusters by means of gender perspective application with experiences and the best practise from Norway.

Projects concentrated on a better exploitation of the gender perspective in innovation processes of cluster organisations and their members (enterprises, educational/research organisations and other supportive institutions) for the benefit of the improvement of their competitiveness.

Clusters are considered as an important part of the innovation infrastructure, the vehicle of the regional specialisation and competitive advantage. The main goal of the project was to support the equality of gender in all innovation spheres and boost the innovation potential of clusters by means of gender perspective application.

The project aimed to contribute to the optimisation of the use of the women potential for innovation. The project topics also include the inclusion and maintaining of women in the working process by means of suitable solutions for reconciling work and family life, better understanding of the gender inequality in the innovation cycle and also the use of different kinds of incentives for the industry and research to create gender balance in research and innovation teams.

The project was finnished successfully in November 2015 and it achieved its goals. All outputs of the projects are in Czech language and thery are available on the project website:

“The Project was being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, financed from Norway Grants. With Norway Grants, Norway contributes towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. It promotes, above all else, environmental protection, research and scholarships, civil society development, health care, children, gender equality and an improvement in the efficiency of justice. The Let’s Give Women a Chance programme promotes equal opportunities for women and men both in their work and personal lives as well as prevention and help for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Czech Republic. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, which has been developing values of open society and democracy in the Czech Republic since 1992.”

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V4Clusters (10/2013-12/2014)

V4Clusters – Boosting V4 Cooperation through Strategic Cluster Identification, Networking and Informatisation (V4Clusters acronym)

Clusters are powerful engines of economic development and drivers of innovation in the EU. It is a challenge for the V4 to address the cluster issue by this pilot project enabling its integration in a broader V4 agenda. The aim of the project is to open the potential hidden in clusters and their cooperation across strong and emerging sectors of the V4 by their identification and informatisation of the national databases in a form of a digital depository as a layer of the V4 information platform.

The V4Clusters project, co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund, covers coordinated actions and activities of five partners from four Visegrad group countries – National Cluster Association (CZ), Czech Knowledge Cluster (CZ), Pannon Business Network Association (HU), Upper Silesian Agency for Entrepreneurship Promotion Co. (PL) and The Union of Slovak Clusters (SK).

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CluStrat (10/2011-11/2014)

CluStrat is a project built to implement the pre-defined project concept "Boosting innovation through new cluster concepts in support of emerging issues and cross-sectoral themes". The objective of this project concept is to "develop and test a joint strategy on new cluster concepts in support of emerging economic sectors/branches, cross-technology and cross-sectoral themes." It targets new cluster issues in a broad sense (open for any competence area) and involves policy makers (responsible for innovation and cluster policy at national, regional and local level), analysts and practitioners. CluStrat covers the whole CE area including the Ukraine. The specific objective of CluStrat is to enhance a cross-fertilization between traditional sector clusters, new emerging technology and services cluster. Cross-cutting issues such as sustainability and gender and innovation will be the most important topics to be included.

The total budget approved by the Lead partner (Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation) for the Business Development Agency is 152 160 EUR. The overall budget of CluStrat as applied for is approx. 3.7 Mio. €.

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Projects aimed at Clusters in the Czech Republic:

ChemClust is a project of cooperation with the objective to improve the effectiveness of regional development policies in the area of innovation and cluster policies for the chemical sector. 10 chemical regions from 7 Member States work together by means of interregional cooperation and exchange of best-practice.

IN2WOOD fosters the development of research‐driven clusters in the European forest sector by networking and exchanging knowledge. Stakeholders of the partner regions are cooperating actively to establish new contacts to forest regions in South Eastern Europe. The consortium includes researchers, business experts and forest authorities. Our up-to-date networking activities, project outcomes, and best practice examples will be published on this page regularly.

The business and geographical clusters have proved to be an effective regional economic development tool, in particular in peripheral/less competitive areas, where the concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers and associated institution in specific fields increases their productivity, drives the innovation processes and leads to stimulation of new businesses. The project CLUSTER-CORD builds on this premise and focuses on promotion of the exchange of best practices in cluster management, as well as the cooperation among clusters from the same thematic field but different geographical origin, through the creation of so called “meta-clusters”.

The goal of the CNCB project is to help clusters and cluster managers to improve their management skills in order to optimize the resources and to find new development and cooperation opportunities in the Central Europe area.

  • CreaClust

The primary aim of the project is to establish a cross-border (Zlín-Trenčín), creative industry-based network to facilitate long-term cooperation.
In connection with the main goal and defined areas of the project, the following specific objectives will have to be fulfilled:

- Map and analyze the current situation and creative industry development potential (including economic) in border regions specified in         the project, including statistical quantification of the regions creativity index.

- Select the most promising creative industry sectors, and obtain from these sectors appropriate companies, organizations and                       institutions for cooperation and networking in a so called Triple Helix structure (academic, public and business spheres).

  • C-PLUS

The main project aim is  finding the key-elements that could improve a cluster becoming a world-class cluster, and to improve the involved clusters with specific actions.

In order to perform the above mentioned steps, ensure sustainability to the initiative C-PLUS and strive for reaching \"world-class\" performances, project starts with a deep mapping of the peculiarities of several Central European clusters. Mapping methodologies are based on a EU high.The mapping will allow a second step of benchmarking aiming at looking the peculiarities of the various local production systems as well as the composition of the clusters and their linkages with different stakeholders at local and international level. Benchmarking will be implemented through methodological analyses that are able to highlight their competitiveness factors, to make comparisons among these and to let the good practices to be transferred come to light. The outputs will be reports settled up in a web platform and allowing the innovation leaders to be visible.

  • Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of-the-Art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe?

Globalisation pressures force European regions to enhance their competitiveness. Regions are considered a key level where innovation processes are shaped, coordinated and governed through localized capabilities. Often competitive advantages do not emerge spontaneously, but are the results of collective actions and initiatives taken by firms, research organizations and governments at various levels. Policies for constructing regional advantage cannot be based on one “best practice” model but should reflect the different conditions and problems of the respective regions. These vary between types of Regional Innovation Systems (such as institutionally “thick” or “thin”; networked or fragmented) as well as the dominating knowledge base of local industries (analytical, synthetic, symbolic). So far very little is known about how policies for constructing regional advantage can work in such different settings. The project aims at filling this gap by comparing policy initiatives in different regional, institutional and sectoral settings in seven European countries.