Cluster Conference “Turning challenges into opportunities through clusters in South Eastern Europe”, Sofia, 20-22 March 2018

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The conference is organised in partnership with ARC Consulting, Enterprise Europe Network-Bulgaria, themed “Turning challenges into opportunities through clusters in South Eastern Europe”, part of the TCI European conference series. TCI Network has chosen Bulgaria as the location and host for its annual regional conference in 2018. The event will be held in Sofia on 20-22 March 2018.

The Conference will provide opportunities to engage with the full set of issues relevant for more effective cluster-based efforts, whether as a policy maker, a manager of a cluster program, or a cluster initiative manager.

As an EEN client, you can get 10% discount on your registration fee for the Conference. To receive your 10% off code, please follow the steps below:

– send email to with subject and text

– copy the code that the core organizing team will send back to you as a reply to your email

– open the registration form and use the code to get your discount

The TCI European Cluster Conference 2018 is open for TCI members as well as non-members – national and international participants, involved in the development & competitiveness of regions.

Registration fees are announced here.

The audience:

Business leaders

Cluster managers

Policy makers




Regional/National Development Agencies

Economic development agencies

National ministry

Competitiveness council

Local Authorities

The Conference already has delegates from more than 20 countries registered to attend. The organisers expect over 300 delegates. Though the focus is Europe and in particular South-East Europe, confirmed participants are coming from New Zealand, Canada and Asia as well. The TCI conferences bring together experts in the field from around the globe and aim to be a forum for creating progress in the practice of cluster development, regional competitiveness and innovation support.

Themes and draft agenda can be seen on the official website. Here are some of the topics:

  • What has been achieved in Eastern Europe so far & what remaining challenges need to be challenged through clusters?
  • Where EU cluster policies need to go?
  • Transitioning from traditional to modern sectors
  • Collaboration between academia and business
  • Financing instruments for clusters
  • Globalisation, digitalisation and sustainable development as key factors for shaping our economy growth, innovation, competitiveness and services

The Agenda features distinguished speakers, amongst which:

Ulla Engelmann, European Commission, DG GROW

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams,CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand

Madeline Smith, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom

Vincent Dugre, Prologic .enr, Canada

Alberto Pezzi, ACCIÓ-Catalan Government, Spain

The programme is available at

Expectations of the conference delegates include: 

  • Learning about the hosting region/clusters/programs;
  • Benchmarking their initiatives;
  • Finding networking opportunities and cooperation partners;
  • Exploring new models and ideas;
  • Experimenting practical tools that help in their daily work;
  • Envisioning what’s next around competitiveness.Conference website:

Contact details:

Tel. + 359 2 973 3000

Tel. + 359 879 29 7001

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