9th Congress of Polish Clusters – GDAŃSK – November 8-9, 2023

The Power of Collaboration: Clusters in the Development Policy of the Country and Regions
VENUE: Scandic Gdansk, address: Podwale Grodzkie 9, 80-895 Gdansk

DATE: November 8-9, 2023

FORMAT: Two-day congress (in-person event in Gdansk)

Day 1 | November 8, 2023

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Event Commencement

The event will begin with an explanation of EU cluster policies and priorities in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, focusing on Pomorskie’s intelligent specializations. It will explore connections with clusters from other regions and identify areas for collaboration.

10:00 AM – 11.30 AM Panel 1 Making Profits from the Green Economic Transformation – Opportunities and Costs

How can clusters support companies by involving small and medium-sized enterprises in the supply chains of industry leaders and accessing EU funds.

11:40 AM – 1:00 PM Panel 2 Digital Transformation of the Economy as a Competitiveness Requirement

Access for the SMEs to funds supporting digitalisation. Opportunities for ICT solution providers in supporting the process. The role of leading companies and clusters.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Panel 3 Regional Development Policy Led by Local Governments

How to smartly utilize available support tools, including EU funds and clusters, to accelerate the development of regions and their businesses. Involving clusters in regional economic management, policy design, and implementation at the regional level. Priority areas for the Pomorskie Voivodeship: logistics, transportation, ICT, green energy, offshore.

3:40 PM – 5:00 PM Panel 5 The Role of Regional and National Business Support Agencies and Institutions

Experiences and successes of various regions and national organizations.

Day 2 | November 9, 2023

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Matchmaking 

The matchmaking event in the framework of the 9th Congress of Polish Clusters provides an opportunity to find potential business partners at all stages of the supply chain. If you are looking for future project partners or specific products or services for your organization, this is the place to be. The matchmaking event will take place in Gdansk on November 9, 2023, as part of a 2-hour matchmaking session (from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM CEST), where participants will meet in a dedicated room at the conference venue. Register for matchmaking and start connecting with other participants after registration approval, requesting meetings to plan your matchmaking session.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Panel 6 European Cluster Collaboration

International cluster projects and partnerships – opportunities to participate in EU-funded programs such as Euroclusters, COSME, etc. European Cluster Collaboration Platform. International cluster cooperation serves not only to address common challenges but also to support economic recovery in the EU.

12:10 PM – 1:30 PM Panel 7 Clusters as Creators of New Business Models Considering Inclusivity and Gender Equality

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Panel 8 Clusters as a Bridge in Building Connections between Polish and Ukrainian Companies

Collaboration to support the expansion of Ukrainian companies in Europe and the participation of Polish companies in the reconstruction of Ukraine.