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Slovenia Cluster Mapping

ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK INSTITUTE   

ICT Technology Network (ICT TN) was established in 2003 as a consortium of leading Slovenian companies and research institutions in the field of ICT, supported by the national government. Today, ICT Technology Network brings together approximately 50 partners, its activities are coordinated by the ICT TN Institute. By joining together companies, R&D institutions, technology developers, technology users, service providers and governmental agencies, ICT TN forms an ecosystem (Triple Helix cluster) for establishment, organization, implementation and dissemination of collaborative national and international projects focusing on joint R&D, cluster and intercluster development, technology transfer, innovation management, infrastructure and competence building, policy enforcements, living labs and pilot activities. Total budget invested in these activities was over 95 million € of which app. 60 % are private funds. www.ict-slovenia.net

 

V-LINC ANALYSIS RESULTS:

  • Companies: 10 (SMEs = 10, MNCs = 0)
  • Interviews: 12
  • Individual Linkages: 339
  • Employment Range: Small (<50) to Medium (50 - 250).

SUMMARY STATISTICS:

Note: For the Slovenia ICT sector the local region was chosen to encompass the country of Slovenia. Thus Local and National linkages are recorded in the Local geographic scope.

 

LJUBLJANA CONNECTIONS – ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK:

 

NATIONAL LINKAGES – ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK:

 

EUROPEAN LINKAGES – ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK:

 

INTERNATIONAL LINKAGES – ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK:


HIGHLIGHTS OF ICT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK CLUSTER ECOSYSTEM RESULTS:

  • Slovenia’s ICT sector shows a connected national industry, with strong national linkages to industry associations (ICT TN and GZS Chamber) and R&D and training linkages (University of Ljubljana and Institut Jozef Stefan).
  • Of the 339 linkages recorded, 201 are national linkages and approximately 65% of these national links are with organisations based in the capital city Ljubljana. It is clear national links are very important to the firms.
  • Sixty one percent of output linkages in this study are national, 27% are with European customers and the remaining 12% with International customers, suggesting an overreliance on the national market.
  • Research and Development linkages were the third most frequent category, the majority of which occur at a national level rather than with European or international partners. Of these national R&D links, 72% were linkages with academic and research institutes rather than B2B with industry partners.
  • ICT firms in Slovenia source almost 75% of their specialist services within the country; however less than half of their inputs are sourced nationally, these national links however are very important to the firms. 
  • The majority of ICT firms surveyed do not compete directly with each other, but there is evidence of some cooperation among Slovenia’s ICT sector. A total of 25 industry peer linkages were recorded, 60% of which with peers in Slovenia. 
  • While many of the elements required for an ICT cluster are in place in Slovenia, one key element that the V-LINC analysis highlights is missing is strong supportive linkages with national Government agencies. The least frequent linkage category was linkages with Government agencies.
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