3rd International Clusters Conference
On May 11, 2009 Opatija was host to a 3rd international conference on clusters called 'Challenges and Opportunities for Clusters Development', organized within the First European SME Week '09. This event welcomed representatives of various Croatian clusters as well as of Croatian Ministries and SMEs. Minister of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship Damir Polančec held the opening speech which was followed by presentations of many European guest lecturers regarding development and goals of clustering. Undoubtedly the practices seen in case studies shown at the conference together with the opportunity for networking will prove to be a great experience as well as tool for many this year's participants.
CIP Seminar - “The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme“
Zagreb – On March 2, 2009 Croatian Chamber of Economy was a host to an educational seminar titled “The Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme – CIP“, featuring guest speaker Mr. Leonardo Piccinetti from a London based consulting firm „Europe for Business“. The seminar covered topics such as innovations, eco-innovations, energy and information technology in regard to small and medium enterprises. Mr. Piccinetti shared detailed information on writing a winning proposal for EU funding and also discussed CIP competitions.
Energy Consultants Seminar
Zagreb – The energy efficiency seminar covering topics such as energy economics took place on February 9 and 10, 2009 and featured several Croatian experts as guest speakers. Many of them spoke about their own professional experiences with matters such as solar collectors. There was also a mention of a free info telephone project started as a part of an UNDP’s raising awareness and encouraging energy efficiency project in Croatia.
EU Programs and Business Sector – Challenges and Perspectives
Zagreb – Another seminar that Croatian Chamber of Economy was host to was held on February 5, 2009 and dealt with the topic of EU Programs. As a guest lecturer, Mr. Tomislav Belovari spoke about the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) whose goal is to increase innovation and competitiveness levels on the market, encourage new research, simplify technology transfer and provide information to small and medium enterprises.
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RELEEL Project Workshop
Osijek – The RELEEL Project Workshop took place on February 5, 2009 at the Croatian Chamber of Economy and featured guest lecturers from Austria and Sweden. Its goal was to discuss co-ordination of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency legislation, and to allow transfer of knowledge regarding renewable sources, highly efficient cogeneration, and energy efficiency to all interested participants.
COST E51 Meeting
Zagreb – COST E51 Meeting took place on January 15 and 16, 2009 in Zagreb. COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) E51’s aim is developing knowledge that enables innovation and development policy integration. Those factors are valuable when it comes to achieving a more efficient and sustainable development of forest and wood sector and cross-sector knowledge transfer as well as increasing competitiveness and employment of rural areas.
How to envision and write a project that will acquire EU funding
Cluster Tehnointerijeri took part of a seminar about creating a successful project that would receive funding from EU pre-accession funds, which was organized by Entrepreneurial Incubator BIOS on 26 and 27 of June 2008 at Osijek Hotel. This two-day seminar was hosted by Igor Medić and Jean-Pierre Maricic and was attended by about 50 Croatian entrepreneurs.
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International Flower Show FLORA OS 2008
Cluster Tehnointerijeri attended an international flower show held on the river Drava banks in Osijek on June 6 and 7 of 2008.
Wood Technology Conference
Opatija – On behalf of Cluster Tehnointerijeri, “Duka Interijeri” had attended 2008 wood technology conference with a theme of “Wood Processing and EU”. The conference produced constructive conclusions and recommendations for further wood processing and furniture production development in Croatia.
Second International Cluster Conference
Opatija – The Second International Conference on Clusters was organized by the Ministry of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship and held on April 28, 2008 in Opatija. The conference goal was to further connect and exchange experiences as well as discuss current and future direction of clusters in South-East Europe.
Minister Damir Polancec held the introductory speech that addressed Croatian economy and issues that it faces. He also spoke of investment guidelines and subsidies for the year 2008.
The EU, Croatia & You
Zagreb – On April 25, 2008 we attended an informative seminar that presented the latest experiences and practical information on important programs as well as financial instruments of the European Union.
World’s Leading Interior Design and Furniture Fair in Milan – “Fiera Milano 2008”
On April 19, 2008 we visited one of the world’s largest design and furniture fairs that took place in Italy’s Rho Province near Milan from 16 to 21 of April. .
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Budapest – The leading European design and EU project implementation firm “Europa Media” held a two-day course on financial and project management on April 3 and 4, 2008. The course included topics of successful FP7 (Seventh Framework Program) project planning and writing, where FP7 serves as a leading instrument for scientific research and development financing.
Tehnointerijeri has visited EKO-ETNO Croatia – a fair built around Croatian rural areas’ products and services.
Tehnointerijeri Enrolled in Association of Clusters
On September 9, 2008 Tehnointerijeri was enrolled in an association of clusters at the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
Ambienta 2007 Round Table
We attended a round table dealing with potentials of furniture industry when it comes to equipping hotels in the Adriatic. This meeting was a part of Ambienta, a 34th annual international furniture and interior design fair.
ISO Forum Croaticum - EVROS
On December 3, 2007 we were a part of ISO Forum Croaticum named “EVROS – European registration system of quality information” featuring Mr. Tihomir Babić from Strategic Controlling Center. The goal of EVROS is to make sure that European citizens and companies get reliable quality related information.
The EVROS Project is still in its initial stages and for the first time it will be presented later this month in Lisbon.
Clusters 2007 Presentation
On October 19, 2007, we have attended a series of expert lectures and presentations on clusters where on behalf of our Cluster Tehnointerijeri Ms. Irma Mihovec held a short presentation. Event topics included lack of quality personnel in production, competitiveness and the issue of financing. Long term plans of presenting ourselves in domestic and foreign markets were presented followed by a discussion about future cluster projects.
First International Cluster Conference
Opatija, April 20-21, 2007 – We took part of a conference titled “Clusters – Possibilities of Connecting in South-East Europe”, the first conference of its kind dealing with clusters. This event was organized by Ministry of Economy, Labor and Entrepreneurship.
Cluster Tehnointerijeri has commenced a regional project “Research and Development of Women in Entrepreneurship”.