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Work meetings of Cluster Sofia Knowledge City in the United Kingdom

In the implementation of the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City’s goals for organizational capacity building, internationalization, and for the creation of successful international partnerships, several working visits were organized in leading cluster organizations, research institutes, accelerators, non-governmental organizations and agencies, technology parks, and smart cities organizations in Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and the UK.

16 + 1 Summit Meeting

On the last day of the Seventh annual Central Eastern Europe-China Summit, better known as “16 + 1” Summit, which took place in Sofia on 6 and 7 July, the Cluster Sofia Knowledge City was visited by Mr. Stanley Wei, Chairman & Managing Director, and Ian Jiang - Director International Cooperation from the Shanghai-based company Oneness International Group Limited.

The company represents the interests of high-level investors and fund managers from Hong Kong and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Work meetings in Italy organised by Cluster Sofia Knowledge City

A series of working visits were organized by the cluster team in leading cluster organizations, research institutes, technology parks and smart city organizations in Austria, Slovenia, Italy and UK. These visits are aligned with the aim to build organizational capacity, internationalization, and successful partnerships.

In July (16-20.07.) Milena Koleva – strategy and development expert at the cluster – visited Italy and participated in several working meetings with cluster managers of Emilia-Romana Associazione Clust-ER, Greentech, Agrofood, ICT, Building and Construction, Health and Wellbeing, Mechanics and Mechatronics in Bologna, EURAC Research institute and NOI Tech park in Bolzano as well as innovation center Verona 311 in Verona.

Participation in EIP-SCC General Assembly

The Cluster Sofia Knowledge City took an active part in the EIP-SCC General Assembly. Our representatives were Dimitar Hristov - Cluster Manager and Prof. Rumen Nikolov - Chairman of the Board. The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is one of the European Commission's initiatives to unite cities, industry, and citizens to improve urban living through more sustainable smart, and integrated solutions. Its marketplace supports smart city projects in at least 300 cities with investments of up to € 1 billion, including public and private investors and banks. The purpose of the assembly this year in Sofia was to show investors' commitment to smart cities and to help cities themselves develop strategies for attracting investment. The event provided a unique opportunity to exchange good practice, project presentation, partner search, and discuss innovative ideas.

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