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  • Clustrat - New cluster concepts for Central Europe, 2011-2014

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    Maintaining and improving the competitiveness in innovation capacity of clusters in the CENTRAL EUROPE, regarding changing and emerging market demands and fostering the inclusion of cross-cutting issues like internationalization, technology-transfer and gender equality in innovation proceses

    The CluStrat project reinforced the proposition that clusters play an important role in  facilitating innovation and contributing to development of industrial sectors to exploit today ́s emerging markets. The project provided a  policy framework to support the development of emerging industries by enhancing the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the clusters in the Central Europe area. The aim was to develop policies that enable existing clusters in established or emerging branches and technologies to exploit new markets. To achieve this, Key Enabling Technologies (KET) and Emerging Industries (EI) had  to be cross-linked with the established and traditional technologies / industries.

    This project was implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF, considered as part of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

    Services provided:

    • Mapping of existing clusters and clustering programmes
    • Analysis of sectors and research activities and specification of action areas of Smart Specialization Strategy and emerging industries
    • Providing inputs on Slovenian position and future possibilities in national/regional cluster policy development
    • Policy advice on cluster role in emerging industries
    • Policy advice on strategy, policy tools and mechanisms to support emerging industries.
    • Review of evaluation reports on pilot actions for Advanced Materials, Smart Ambient/Housing and Zero Energy Building
    • Developing action plans for pilot actions in Advanced Materials, Smart Ambient/Housing and Zero Energy Building

  • Development of national clustering policy in Turkey, 2007-2009

    Development of Clustering Policy Project

    This  project was designed  to set up a comprehensive Clusters policy to contribute to the achievement of  sustainable economic, social and environmental development in the country.  

    Development of Clustering Policy Project was launched to form a base for a national Clusters policy by supporting the competitive sectors in the  country and  to contribute to the development of a competitive structure for ensuring a sustainable increase in export rates. The project was planned to last for 2 years  financed by the EU funds with a budget of 6 Million Euros within the scope of the EU Instrument for Pre-acession Assistance.

    Services provided:

    • Competiveness assessment of selected clusters, mapping of clusters, value chains, and relationships between stakeholders.
    • Sector and sub-sector studies (growth potential, opportunities for FDI)
    • Analysis of the business environment, existing programs, initiatives.
    • Policy design, strategy development and elaboration of initiatives aiming at improving competitiveness institutional strengthening (training courses and on-the-job training)
    • Organization and implementation of study visits  and promotion missions
    • Analysis of existing support mechanisms, policy tools and instruments and the design of new tools
    • Conducting analysis of institutions and recommend structural changes
    • Design and conducting stakeholder analysis, training needs assessment, developing the curriculum and delivering training
    • Evaluation of pilot clusters
    • Direct assistance to SMEs and institutions on developing cluster road maps

  • Icon - Competitiveness through innovation and collaborative entrepreneurship, 2011-2014

    Cross-Border Clusters

    The ICON project is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the border area between Slovenia and Italy. The main purpose of the project was the integration of SMEs, business support organizations and other business actors by the transfer of knowledge and technology, promotion of innovation and development of common services. This shall lead to the improvement of the cooperation and performance of the SMEs in the border area, increase the awareness and interest for investing in the border area.

     Services provided:

    • Capacity-building and training for innovation and business support organizations to train them on tools and approaches for innovation and technology policy , clustering and cross-border networking.
    • Strategic advice for establishment of regional network of clusters and other networks,
    • Strategy and Action Plan preparation; Guidelines for iCON Business Networks,
    • Revision of 8 network strategy papers and actions in order to ascertain  if they support the successful and sustainable development of the networks,
    • Set up monitoring Concept of iCON Business Networks,
    • Guidelines for sustainable development of iCON networks.

  • Competitiveness agenda for SE Turkey, 2007-2008

    Competitiveness Agenda For Southeast Anatolia Region

    In a project for the Government of Turkey, funded by UNDP, Anteja professionals worked with a team of international experts to design a vision, strategy and action plan for Southeast Anatolia region of Turkey. The competitiveness agenda was designed as an effort to develop a framework for transforming the region’s economy. The Competitiveness Agenda charts a new sustainable economic direction for the region and develop a cohesive framework for its further elaboration and implementation.

    Anteja’s experts developed recommendations for a significant shift in policy, featuring a public/private partnership approach, intensive internationalization program, and regional branding as the emerging world’s leading renewable energy & organic product center (e.g. organic food products and cotton for baby clothes). Additional recommendations  on applied technology centers and privatization of significant portions of the irrigation system. The potential for ecologically sustainable hotels and tourist attractions was   central to the plan. 

    • Competiveness assessment of agricultural and food processing, textile, and tourism sectors.
    • Training needs assessment, development of training curriculum and delivery of cluster specific training
    • Fact Finding to build a better understanding of the business environment in the region.
    • Competitiveness Analysis (desk research, interviews, focus groups)
    • Facilitation of workshops with high-level government and business leaders
    • Development of a comprehensive local economic development strategy with focus on green innovation
    • Development of specific strategies for areas under focus
    • Providing policy advice to regional administration

    Anteja’s  experts provided policy advice in various projects related to science, technology, innovation projects.

  • Poly4eml

    Biopolymers For Emerging Industries

    Poly4EmI project addresses the challenges of Slovenia’s innovation policy through developing a new policy model for a more systemic approach to stimulating development of biopolymer industry. The existing policies and policy instruments do not provide the framework conditions for biopolymer industry and clusters to develop at scale and speed required for addressing the bio-based material needs of bio-economy. This calls for policy makers to play a more active role than in the past in setting suitable framework conditions to support cluster dynamic and new forms of international and cross-regional cooperation models.

    The Ministry of Education, Science and Sports lead the consortium composed by

    Anteja experts work with the automotive cluster in Slovenia to  provide advice on overall project design and implementation; design and implemention of peer review and stress test with peer regions/clusters. The Anteja team also works to conduct benchmarking of clusters, and to facilitate cross-cluster cooperation for  creating new business opportunities ,  international cross-cluster platform  and inputs for  road mapping.

  • Analysing the determinants of the innovation system of Mauritius, 2014

    This project was a follow-up activity of the Biopolymer Workshop ‘Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius’ organised by CBBR in May 2013. The need to establish an innovation policy was recommended as a top priority for Mauritius. The main aim of the ANIS Workshop is to provide a neutral screening of the current status of the entire Mauritian Innovation System and its main determinants for the emergence of “Knowledge- Based Industries” (ex: Agricultural Biotech, Ocean Industry, Life Industry…). A sufficient understanding of these determinants and how they can be addressed in the future for further improvements is very important in order to assure long-term competitiveness and innovation capability of all the key stakeholders and actors of the Mauritian innovation system. Project was led by VDI/VDE-IT Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany in cooperation with ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR).
  • Science and technology programme of COMMESA, 2011-2013

    This project was a follow-up activity of the Biopolymer Workshop ‘Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius’ organised by CBBR in May 2013. The need to establish an innovation policy was recommended as a top priority for Mauritius. The main aim of the ANIS Workshop is to provide a neutral screening of the current status of the entire Mauritian Innovation System and its main determinants for the emergence of “Knowledge- Based Industries” (ex: Agricultural Biotech, Ocean Industry, Life Industry…). A sufficient understanding of these determinants and how they can be addressed in the future for further improvements is very important in order to assure long-term competitiveness and innovation capability of all the key stakeholders and actors of the Mauritian innovation system. Project was led by VDI/VDE-IT Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany in cooperation with ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR).

New forms of international cooperation: Cross-cluster cooperation, international networks, strategic partnership

  • Global biopolymer network – GBN

    One of the most pressing global challenges we are facing today is how to leverage the power of new knowledge spread over the globe and regions to help to address the global economic and environmental challenges. New forms of international innovation networks are required, since no single place or a single cluster could  possibly host all necessary competencies to assure regions and companies to stay at the forefront of new global value chain.

    The Global Biopolymer Network builds on the transformative power of biopolymers, since they hold great potential to tackle global challenges and the same time contribute to the efforts of solving major environmental problems in developing countries. Biopolymer applications emerge from scientific, technological and engineering approaches, which require new forms of international science and technological collaboration.

    The Global Biopolymer Network supports cross sectorial linkages and brings together scientific and technological know-how of developed countries and abundant resources and talents from developing countries around the idea of transformative power of biopolymers and biomaterials.

    GBN members include:

    These institutions  provided support for the  development of a biopolymer based platform. Two biopolymer workshops (Biopolymer workshop at JKUAT – Jomo Kenyatta  University for Agriculture and  Technology, Nairobi, Kenya, Biopolymer workshop at CBBR – Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), Mauritius). Additionally,  various multilateral meetings were organized by GBN, in which many diplomatic community representatives  took an active role.

    Services provided:

    • Enabling leadership in biopolymer development initiatives
    • Identification of biopolymer potential in addressing  global challenges
    • Identification of research and innovation fields with potential for transnational collaboration
    • Design  biopolymer workshops and facilitation  of first such workshop  at the JKUAT, Nairobi Kenya and second one  at ANDI, Mauritius
    • Facilitation of the design of research and innovation agenda: Biopolymers for Human Well Being program.

  • CEE - Cluster network - Central & Eastern European cluster and network area, 2006-2008

    CEE – Cluster Network

    This was a project for increasing cooperation between regions with clusters and networks in Central and Eastern Europe. The CEE-ClusterNetwork focuses on linking the eleven partner regions/countries whose innovation policies focus on cluster and network policy using an INNO-Net. The main objective was to find coherence in the different regional cluster policy implementation methodologies and to shape a common policy  by defining common strategic issues, strategies and programmes.

    Joint Quality Guidelines were prepared, cross border networks of key innovation and CEE actor were created, common issues and needs of SMEs and governments (within all participating regions) were investigated and presented in a “Cluster Memorandum”  expressing the intention of  coherent innovation policy development. Linkages with existing and planned European innovation programs and initiatives of CEE initiatives were identified and innovation cluster operational programs were designed  for joint trans-regional projects. Regional and national level innovation, cluster initiatives and support programs were analyzed. In Slovenia, capacity building on policy development on regional level was provided.

    Anteja cooperated with coordinator of the project Upper Austrian Technology and Marketing TMG – Clusterland Upper Austria.

    Services provided:

    • Analyzing existing innovation and cluster initiatives and programs.
    • Mapping of relationships and linkages among regional stakeholders.
    •  Needs identification and identification and assessment of potential for international cooperation.
    • Identification of fields / industrial sectors / clusters with strong potential for collaboration and elaboration of pilot actions.
    • Support in drafting of agreement of CEE Cluster Network partners.

  • Development of Cross-Border Automotive Cluster (Slovenia – Serbia)

    Anteja worked with the management of the Automotive Cluster of Slovenia (http://www.acs-giz.si), senior officials from Serbian Ministry of Economy and management of the Serbian automotive supplier industry to create a cross-regional Southeast Europe cluster. The main goal was to facilitate access of Serbian SMEs to international markets through supporting their integration into global value chains.

    Services provided:

    • Design and delivery Cluster development training
    • Identification of the fields of cooperation between Slovenian and Serbian automotive clusters
    • Elaboration of cross border cluster actions
    • Policy advice and program to strengthen the institutional framework for clustering

  • Analysing the determinants of the innovation system of Mauritius, 2014

    This project was a follow-up activity of the Biopolymer Workshop ‘Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius’ organised by CBBR in May 2013. The need to establish an innovation policy was recommended as a top priority for Mauritius. The main aim of the ANIS Workshop is to provide a neutral screening of the current status of the entire Mauritian Innovation System and its main determinants for the emergence of “Knowledge- Based Industries” (ex: Agricultural Biotech, Ocean Industry, Life Industry…). A sufficient understanding of these determinants and how they can be addressed in the future for further improvements is very important in order to assure long-term competitiveness and innovation capability of all the key stakeholders and actors of the Mauritian innovation system. Project was led by VDI/VDE-IT Institute for Innovation and Technology, Berlin, Germany in cooperation with ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR).

Development of value chains

  • Value of chains analysis in horticulture in Azerbaijan, 2013-2014

    IFC to Assess Azerbaijani Horticulture Commercial Prospects

    The overall objective of the project was to contribute to improvement of business and investment environment in Azerbaijan’s high potential agribusiness sub-sectors in a manner that enhances development, competitiveness, employment and business opportunities in these sub-sectors. The approach involved  assessing present performance and revealing key binding constraints present along the value chain that prevent growth and further development of these sub-sectors. The project shall contribute to the overall objectives the Azerbaijan Investment Climate Project (AZIC II), which broadly aims at supporting the diversification of the Azerbaijan economy and improvement of the regulatory framework, focusing on areas of strategic importance for both the government and the private sector.

    Project was funded by IFC WB.

    Services provided

    • Rapid Analysis of the Horticultural Sector in Azerbaijan in order to assess horticulture products/product groups and select two to three high-potential ones for detailed exploration in the following stages of the project. Pomegranate, tomato and hazelnuts have been selected as the most promising products.
    • Value chain analysis of selected products.  The main objective was to assess how well pomegranate, tomato and hazelnuts value chains perform in order to identify segments and activities where poor performance or inefficiencies severely undermine the competitiveness of the entire VC.
    • Identification of Key Binding Constraints, ranking the constraints and in-depth analysis of the binding constraints.
    • Recommendations for specific actions (first and high priority actions for short and mid- term period) to remove the identified binding (sector-specific)obstacles and enhance VCs ability to improve performance, productivity and investment.

  • Competitiveness assessment of the three agribusiness value chains in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012-2013

    Full Assessment in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    The project seeks to contribute to the overall objective of the Bosnia Investment Climate Project, implemented by the IFC., Objective  is to increase the competitiveness of BH by assisting the authorities at all four levels in the country to reduce the administrative burden for business, increase exports in key export sectors in BH, attract more FDI, and finally, to achieve investment climate reform and assure BH the successful process of joining EU. The overall objective was to contribute to the competitiveness improvement of the three most promising agribusiness value chains (fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy) in BH and entities by assessing their present competitiveness and determining the main barriers and constraints which prevent those agribusiness sectors from being more competitive in the international market.

    Project was funded by IFC WB.

    Services provided:

    • Rapid analysis of the agribusiness sector as a whole in order to validate the selection of the three priority agribusiness value chains (VCs) – fruits & vegetables, meat and dairy as the most competitive agribusiness sectors.
    • Initial Sector Competitiveness Appraisal and Comparison in order to identify latent competitive advantages that can be turned into a manifest competitive advantage.
    • Detailed industry-level competitive analysis in order to:
    1. assess the performance gaps and potential throughout the VC for each of the priority sectors,
    2. identify policy and regulatory constraints determining the performance gaps and preventing each VC from reaching its full potential in terms of productivity increases, exports, investments and job creation.
    • Ranking the constraints within VCs.
    • Identifying the VCs with strongest competitiveness potential in both entities and in BH as a whole.
    • Detailed assessment of the three VCs, and recommendations for specific actions for the most competitive VC per entity.

Professionalization of innovation focused intermediaries (clusters, centers of excellence, networks…)

  • Center of excellence Polimat, 2011-2013

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    The PoliMaT Centre of Excellence is specialized in polymer materials and technologies with 85 researchers and professional staff with HQ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. PoliMaT was founded as a joint initiative of main science and research institutes and industry in the fields of polymer materials and technology in Slovenia for the purpose of undertaking innovation, development and research projects on polymers in order to facilitate technological breakthroughs and the transition to a low carbon society.

    Services provided:

    • Management of the center of excellence
    • Providing advice on governance structure, evaluation and monitoring mechanisms
    • Assessment of the trends, end markets and opportunities
    • Assessment of new materials innovation system, identification of global best practice,
    • Setting up strategy framework and formulation of recommendations for future actions of the center.
    • Development of international innovation network: Global Biopolymer Network.

  • Internationalization of wine sector of Croatia

    Domestic wine production is a very important segment of the Croatian agriculture, which also plays an important role in tourism and gastronomy. The quality of Croatian wines has significantly improved and continues to do so, reaching high quality levels in recent years, recognized with many international wine awards. The regional brand “Wine Croatia” was identified as key motivation with the overreaching goal to increase the export of Croatian wines, particularly the high quality wine, to EU and other higher value international markets.

    Project was funded by Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

    Services provided:

    • Initial assessment of the potential export markets of wine industry.
    • Rapid assessment of wine sector competiveness.
    • Identification and benchmarking of the current organizational practices in the wine sector of the traditional wine countries and the ‘new’ wine countries, including the role, level and formats of governmental support.
    • Case studies.
    • Providing a model of a cluster organization of the wine industry including institutional settings.

    The international best practices were  been identified. Due to different approaches to the development of wine sector, cases from new and old wine producing countries were selected, studied and used for benchmarking. The aforementioned global scan included a review of how the wine industry has emerged and evolved in the two most recent  decades and the changing role of governments and intuitions in the wine industry. The structure of value chains of different countries were studied, as well as organizational models and approaches to export promotion. The benchmarks revealed several important considerations which were used for discussion with stakeholders and preparation of recommendations on organization and institutional settings of wine industry in Croatia.

  • Assisting in setting up a framework for industrial zones in Republic Srpska, 2009

    The task envisioned assistance to the Republic Srpska Government in establishing Industrial Zones (IZ) to foster SME development. The main objectives of the project were to assist and advise the Republic Srpska Government in framing the concept/model for IZ development and policy measures, including performance indicators and incentive programs for establishment and development of IZ.
    • Assist and advice the Government of Republic Srpska, MIEM with framing of the concept guidelines for establishing industrial zones
    • Case studies on industrial zones
    • Evaluation of two potential zones in terms of feasibility of establishment of industrial zones
    • Review of economic and legal framework for investments
    • Preparation of rulebooks and guidelines
    • Preparation of the operational program
    • Preparation of the incentive program and selection criteria
    • Capacity-building workshops

Tourism and cultural heritage

  • Tourism policy advice in Slovenia

    The following are examples of main projects, where Anteja’s experts managed the whole process and have served as  author or co-author of the projects:
    • Development  of Slovenian Tourism Strategy for the period 2007-2011 (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2006)
    • Development  of National Program for Development of Quality in the Slovenian hotels, (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2006)
    • Development  of National Program for Development of Human Resources in Slovenian Tourism, (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2007)
    • Development  of National Program for promotion the professions in the tourism and catering industry (Ministry of the Economy of Rep. of Slovenia, 2007). Project leader was Chamber of Crafts of the Republic of Slovenia.  The Anteja’s expert designed the program of measures and activities for promotion the professions in tourism in catering
    • Development  of Slovenian Tourism Strategy for the period 2002-2006, which has been  the first tourism strategy in Slovenia, based on public private partnership, with comprehensive range of measures and activities for promotion the tourism development in Slovenia; team leader within the ministry.
    • Co-author for the development of  the Tourism policy for the year 2003-2004 and for the year 2004-2005, which had been the action plans for tourism development, based on tourism strategy .
    • Preparing the Law on Tourism, as the legislative grounding for the implementation of tourism strategy at the national level – author.

    Tourism and cultural heritage projects – Slovenia

    • Strategic plan for managing the Bled Castle 2006 – 2020 (2013)
    • Project for Revitalization of Rihemberk Castle (2013)
    • Strategic plan for managing the Bled Castle 2007 – 2016 (2007)
    • Strategic plan for managing the Kostel Castle (2008)
    • Strategic plan for managing the Idria’s Mercury Mining heritage – the basis to register in the UNESCO Heritage List; (2008)

  • Improving cooperation in SEE by Actions for Strengthening the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

    Activity – Decentralized consultation for bottom-up assessment of the regional priorities in the field of Cultural Heritage.

    Anteja’s expert worked as short term expert for Central European Initiative, Trieste, Italy.  Served to implement the Stakeholders’ Meetings in Western Balkan Countries in order to: identify from bottom-up the national cultural heritage sector needs, priorities and expectations.  These were designed to  be further developed into the regional cultural tourism products and integrated into regional strategies further finalized under aegis of the RCC. Services encompass: brief assessment of the current regional cooperation in the field of cultural heritage and tourism in the region; draft outline of identified needs and priorities in the field of cultural heritage and project initiatives for development of regional cultural tourism products; assessment of flagship cultural heritage projects potential for creation of regional cultural tourist projects/products; identification of regional cultural heritage topics with high potential for development of regional cultural tourism projects/products; draft outline of main barriers and constraints which hinders the cooperation on the national and regional level; and review of proposed activities for the elimination of barriers and constraints.

  • Tourism business consulting projects

    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for Hotel Triglav Bled (2007)
    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Soča Hotel in Rogaška Slatina (2007)
    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for building a Golf Course in Smlednik (2008)
    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Hotel Europa in Celje (2008)
    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for renovation of Grajski Dvor Hotel in Radovljica (2008)
    • Business plan and Marketing Strategy for Hotel Vila Bled and Pristava (2008)

  • Tourism destination management

    Anteja’s experts worked on different positions in the following projects:
    • Member of the project team for the research: “Key factors for the successful development of tourist destination – identification of tourist destinations, integral tourist products with the analysis of the destination management”
    • Author and co-author of the curriculum for new study program – Project management, Destination Management, Economics in Tourism,
    • Author of Tourism Destination management Handbook
    • Lecturer of the Tourism Destination Management
    • Developing the management of tourist destination “Dežela Celjskih knezov” (The Land of Counts of Celje).
    • Development of the management of tourist destination of Gorenjska region
    • Development and managing the tourism destination management organization in Kranjska Gora tourist resort.

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