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Celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Serbia, (June 5 2017, Belgrade)

The Head of Mission of the Danish Embassy Mr. Morten Skovgaard Hansen in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia and Minister Zoran Đorđević, on the occasion of the Danish Consitution Day June 5th, 2017, are celebrating the 100 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Serbia at Dom Vojske Srbije in Belgrade.

Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House – exit strategy of the Danish LEDIB Programme, Nisava Distric, Serbia (2007-2012), and the Cluster House Assembly members, partners and the LEDIB Programme staff are invited to attend the event.

The LEDIB program impacts will be presented on the event and the photography exhibition.

Celebration of the 100 years of DK-RS diplomatic relations in Belgrade, June 5 2017

16th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) „Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Economic Development”

14 - 16 September 2017

Kathmandu, Nepal

The Cluster House, supporting partner of the event at the University of Essex, organizational member of the Global TCI Network Barcelona and partner institution of the INSME Roma, is inviting you to join the entrepreneurial journey from Venice to Kathmandu for the 16th International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) conference on 14-16 September, 2017.

The Cluster House Networks Members could submit papers in line with the requirements. The Cluster House is inviting members with appropriate expertise to send us their interest for participation at the 16th IEF. The Cluster House will suggest names for the conference organising committee. Selected panellists will be entitled to a waiver of 50% of their conference registration fees.

In keeping with the IEF's objectives of a constant search for new terrains for entrepreneurship and innovation, and enabling the articulation of less familiar voices of creativity and opportunity development, we seek your involvement at the conference. Against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayas, the small country of Nepal has witnessed extraordinary changes which has tested the resilience of her people, underscoring the importance of sustainability through the generation of new ideas and the realisation of opportunities in differentiated geographies.

The following speakers and panellists have already agreed to participate at the conference:

1) Professor Zoltan Acs - George Mason University, George Mason School of Public Policy, USA

2) Sergio Arzeni - President, INSME (International Network of SMEs promoted by the OECD and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development), Italy

3) Professor Vanina Andrea Farber - Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Inclusion at Universidad del Pacifico, Peru

4) Professor K Kumar - N.S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB), India

5) Professor Jay Mitra - Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK

6) Hedda Pahlson-Moller - Business Angel focused on Social Investing, EBAN Impact Investing committee, Luxembourg

7) Professor Ben Shenglin - Finance and Accounting, School of Management, Zhejiang University, China

Please, find on the link the first notice for the conference.
Note that the conference web sites are:

Conference deadlines:
Abstract submission by: 30 June, 2017
Conference Fee payment by: 15 August, 2017
Full paper submission by: 31 August, 2017
Registration by: 15 September, 2017

Please send any queries to Elena Koshcheeva at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Cluster House Networks members could submit papers in line with the requirements of the conference (please see Conference Notice). Note that the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 30 June, 2017. The Cluster House could suggest 6 panellists (one for each of the 6 panels that IEF team aims to run at the conference. The broad themes and topics of the panel sessions include the following:

a) Public Policy and Sustainable entrepreneurship;

b) Gender and sustainable entrepreneurship;

c) Alternative Finance, Impact Investment and sustainable entrepreneurship;

d) Technology, sustainability and entrepreneurship

e) Sustainable entrepreneurship and local economic development;

f) Sharing, frugality, and sustainability models for entrepreneurship development.

The Cluster House is inviting members with appropriate expertise to send us their interest for participation at the 16th IEF. The Cluster House will suggest names for the conference organising committee. Selected panellists will be entitled to a waiver of 50% of their conference registration fees.

We look forward to seeing you in Kathmandu in September.


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Our Cluster wish to connect with your Touristic Agency and to jointly create the Balkan sweetest memories


Artical is available only in Serbian language.

BALKAN-MEXICO Transnational SME Trade and Clusters Collaboration

From the 15th to the 17th of May 2017, Puerto Vallarta - Mexico hosted the 13th INSME Annual Meeting on “Improving Productivity in SMEs and Their Role in Global Value Chains”.

The Cluster House Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network would like to thank to The INSME Association and The Mexican Institute of the Entrepreneur - INADEM for giving an opportunity to the network coordinator to be present at the 13th INSME Annual Meeting which gathered over 700 participants from 68 countries.

At the 13th INSME Annual Conference Meeting conference participants discussed about specific issues that hinder SMEs from effective participation in global value chains, opportunities to enhance SMEs productivity through innovation, transferrable and measurable global best practices to catalyse growth of SMEs  and  access new channels and markets.

The conference had been opened by Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal - Minister of Economy, followed by media.

The Conference was an opportunity to explore ideas to improve SME productivity in GVCs. Policy makers from the host country Mexico and OAS (Organization of American States) member countries engage in a constructive dialogue with INSME members and innovation stakeholders to improve SMEs competitiveness through innovation.

The first session on “The Open Innovation Paradigm and the Internationalization of R&D: challenges and opportunities for SMEs” had been moderated by Dr. Hamsa Thota - President, Innovation Business Development-IBD, United States of America.


Dr. Danka Milojkovic, director of the Cluster House and a member of the Global TCI Network , was a guest speaker in the first session with a presentation 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” .

The Cluster House Model for SME development in developing countries and countries with transitional economies consists of the set of practically applicable tools for improving competitiveness of SMEs in the Balkan and Black Sea Region. The Balkan and Black Sea Cluster Network is the cluster-based SME collaboration platform designed on value creation between academia, industry and public sector in the region.

Business collaboration in the form of clusters is an economic model which ensures decrease of costs, better access to specialised services, new technologies and new markets. The cluster-based transnational cooperation programme (further referred to as CBTCP) between beneficiary regions is contributing to the entrepreneurial-based economic development of the both regions through support of new models of business cooperation and specialisation. In this way, the programme complies with the overall regional strategic goal for strengthening economical cohesion between regions, its competitiveness and sustainable development through co-operation in the economic, social and environmental area. The CBTCP corresponds to the increasing the economic synergy in both regions and improving the capacity of joint use of potential for improving regions wellbeing and joint participation on the global market.

The CBTCP implementation ensures the aggregation and exchange of data on clusters and cluster initiatives in the both beneficiary regions; sharing of knowledge, best practices and new concepts in cluster development suitable for transfer between the partners; the networking and facilitation of inter-cluster collaboration across regions and sectors generating opportunities for business, innovation and internationalisation, with particular regard to export oriented small and medium size enterprises; exchange of experiences in building cluster initiatives in new and emerging industries, improving cluster organisation performance by training and evaluation schemes, and optimizing cluster policy towards cluster excellence and effective capitalisation of values generated by managed clustering; joint organisation of the events and projects aiming at the partners’ priorities, regional economic growth and the goals of the regional cluster development policies.

The cluster-based transnational collaboration programmes contribute to the following:

  • creation of a highly trustworthy and ethical work environment that provides long-term employment in the  specific economic sectors determined after survey;
  • reduction of the share of population living below poverty in the programme beneficiary regions;
  • Implementation of the cluster-based economic development model in the countries with transitional economies.

The CBTCP strategy is focused on improvement of the capacity, through meetings, surveys, joint web site, and promotion and business trips, of the cluster members and other stakeholders to further develop the cluster approach and practices at transnational collaboration level. The CBTCP 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 regions are tools for export trade collaboration improvement between both regions, involvement of new members in the existing clusters and promotion of the clusters networks created by the programme to the markets of other regions/continents.