The forum of advanced technologies showed that Nis has all the potential to be developed in the region as a center of advanced technologies. The best evidence for development and progress of Nis is the fact that all relevant stakeholders support this project – City officials, the University, the National Employment Service, Chamber of Commerce and the representatives of the private sector.
NiCAT cluster has new member, Younify Company. Younify is Magento e-commerce specialist company, operating from Niš, Serbia. It has a rich portfolio of 250+ profitable e-commerce solutions. Younify operates mainly on the Dutch market for the last 9 years. 98% of market share is Dutch, while the remaining markets are Belgium, Germany and France.
NiCAT cluster members were met with the representatives of companies from Hungary who visited Niš on 21st November 2016 as a part of the Government delegation. Meetings were held at Tami Residence hotel. More than 70 companies from Hungary applied, including companies from the fields of electronics, mechanical engineering and the IT sector. Hungarian companies were particularly interested in the IT sector in our region.
On Wednesday, 16th of November, at the second Forum of Advanced Technologies, the presentations of successful companies from Nis and NiCAT cluster members were held. Companies that held interesting lectures for the young (pupils, students, graduates, entrepreneurs, individuals at the beginning of their career) were: Advanced Security Technologies, HostingBuY and Logik.
Tuesday, 15th November - NiCAT cluster together with the Regional Chamber of Commerce Niš and with USAID REG financial support organized B2B meetings. B2B event was very successful. There were 68 registered participants and 111 scheduled meetings, of which 100 meetings were held. Participants of the event were positively surprised by the significance of this kind of events and suggested that it should be organized more often.
On 27th of October in Gothenburg B2B meetings of IT companies from Sweden and countries of the Balkan and Black Sea region were held. The delegation from Nis was made up from the representatives of companies INGSOFTWARE and Troxo. USAID REG program, which was the organizer of this event, co-funded part of the costs.
At the end of October a conference BUSINESS BRIDGES 2016 was held in Belgrade - an event whose focus was on the inter-sectoral cooperation. This conference was organized by the Serbian Clusters Association (SCAN) with USAID support. The aim of this event was to gather the representatives of businesses from different sectors to discuss cooperation between the various industries and the challenges that such cooperation brings.
The prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia visited NiCAT cluster member, Fazi company and Faculty of Electronic Engineering. Minister Goran Knezevic and the Director of the Development Agency of Serbia Zeljko Sertic visited Optoelectronics group. The cluster manager as part of an economic council of the city of Nis met with the Minister Knezevic and with the Minister Sarcevic during his visit to Nikola Tesla high school.
In Nis on October 19th in New City hotel, Nis cluster of advanced technology officially opened the project "IT - a chance for all" in which the IT cluster academy will be implemented. The candidates of Academy of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to find jobs easier through training, specialized courses and practical work.
NiCAT cluster continues with the organization of the exam for ISTQB certification in partnership with the Vojvodina ICT cluster. USAID REG program recently completed a cycle of co-financing of IT certification, but in 2017 we can expect the support of this program for the members of our cluster.