The project Serbia Innovates, which he is implementing ICT Hub with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the start of work on creating the first supercluster in Serbia by announcing a public call for interested consortia (companies, startups and scientific institutions). Superclusters are globally proven models of joint work and development, in which the subjects of the innovation ecosystem come together in a way that emphasizes cooperation on joint innovative projects.
A comprehensive survey conducted in the previous period showed that there are ten areas in Serbia with potential in terms of technological innovation, and after analyzing all relevant factors, the project decided to participate in the pilot superclusters of four areas: high technology in agriculture and food industry, gaming environment and virtual reality, web3 and blockchain technologies, as well as advanced solutions in medical technology and biotechnology.
Susan Fritz, Director of the USAID Mission in Serbia, recently stated: “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership with Serbia. We are investing in the economic development of this country, with the aim of increasing the importance of the economy driven by innovation, and thus strengthening the competitiveness and export potential of Serbia. It is clear that Serbia has the potential for innovation, but direction is needed. Strengthening the domestic economy should be based on a focus on certain areas of the technological-innovation ecosystem, those that have the greatest potential. “
“The research gave us the opportunity to identify the most promising domains, and experiences from around the world suggest that the results should be tested in practice, ie in a real environment. Our next task is to form a pilot supercluster for each domain, in order to test its true potential. Therefore, we invite all interested consortiums in these areas, who have great ideas and want to work on the formation of the Serbian innovation supercluster, to apply and test the real potential of their plans and teams. We will support them in the implementation of activities, capacity building, hiring experts from various fields, access to various sources of funding for innovative projects and marketing. The public call starts today and lasts until the end of February, and all the information can be found on our website, “said Aleksandra Popović, project director of Serbia Innovates.
“As partners of the Serbia Innovate project, we conducted a nine-month research, through which we identified domains that, in combination with high technologies, have the greatest potential for growth and are a source of competitive advantage in Serbia.” In the selection, we were guided by parameters that prove the economic, technological and scientific potential for creating new solutions. On the other hand, we also analyzed their “spillover effect”, ie. the positive external effects they can have on the economy and society. In addition to a detailed review of our strategic documents, insights into the global perspective of future technologies and statistical analysis, we conducted interviews with more than 130 key people for innovation in Serbia, surveyed relevant actors in the innovation ecosystem and tested results through three focus groups, “said Branka Andjelković, co-founder and program director of the Center for Public Policy Research.
Four pilot superclusters are expected to start operating in the spring of 2022. Based on the results, the one with the greatest individual potential will be selected, which will become the first Serbian supercluster in 2023. The winning supercluster will receive significant assistance for better market positioning, and the ultimate goal is to become fully self-sustaining in 2025.
If you have an idea, infrastructure or knowledge, find partners, form a consortium consisting of: a startup, a company and an academic-scientific institution and apply for a pilot supercluster. More information on the application process for pilot superclusters within these 4 areas can be found on the website srbijainovira.rs/javni-poziv.
Source: Personal magazin by www.personalmag.rs.
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