The proposal presented by Consulting Cluster Veritas has been selected to host and organize the TCI European Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria from 20-22 March 2018. Sofia Municipality, in an alliance with Association of Business Clusters of Bulgaria and Consulting Cluster Veritas are delighted to welcome you at the forthcoming TCI European Conference.


Themed “Turning challenges into opportunities through clusters in South Eastern Europe”, the TCI European conference in Sofia will provide opportunities to engage with the full set of issues relevant for more effective cluster-based efforts, whether you are a policy maker, a manager of a cluster program, or a cluster initiative manager.


The TCI European Conference 2018 will be open for TCI members as well non-members – national and international participants, involved in the development & competitiveness of regions. The organisers expect 350 to 400 delegates, mostly from Europe, where there are already delegates subscribed from Canada, New Zealand, Colombia and Mexico.

The audience:

Business leaders
Cluster managers
Policy makers
Regional/National Development Agencies
Economic development agencies
National ministry
Competitiveness council
Local Authorities

Themes and draft agenda could be seen on the official website, and here are some of the topics:

What has been achieved in Eastern Europe so far & what remaining challenges need to be challenged through clusters?
Where EU cluster policies need to go?
Financing instruments for clusters
Globalisation, digitalisation and sustainable development as key factors for shaping our economy growth, innovation, competitiveness and services

About TCI

TCI Network is the leading global network of main organizations and practitioners with deep expertise in clusters and competitiveness, which collaborate in a unique open, flexible and practical context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development. Through its activities, TCI reaches out to 9,000 practitioners from development agencies, government departments, cluster organizations, academic institutions, companies and multilateral organizations in over 110 countries. Founded in 1998, TCI is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with a global scope, open to members from all continents.

TCI Network General Figures 2017

66 organisational members
450 active members
46 countries
800 + participants in 2017 TCI conferences


Benefits for the region, official partners and local business


The TCI conferences bring together experts in the field from around the globe and aim to be a forum to create progress in the practice of cluster development, regional competitiveness and innovation support.

Expectations of the conference delegates include:

Learning about the hosting region/clusters/programs;
Benchmarking their initiatives;
Finding networking opportunities and cooperation partners;
Exploring new models and ideas;
Experimenting practical tools that help in their daily work;
Envisioning what’s next around competitiveness.


For further information on general agenda, speakers and topics, please visit the official website:

We are looking forward to welcoming you on TCI European Conference 2018 in Sofia!


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