Coordinator: ITC – Innovation Technology Cluster Murska Sobota
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ITC – Innovation Technology Cluster Murska Sobota
ITC – Innovation Technology Cluster Murska Sobota (ITC) is a non-profit Business Support Organization located in the North-Eastern part of Slovenia, bordering Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. The Cluster was established in 2011, with its vision to foster cross-sectoral innovation and implementation of novel technologies and ICT in rural-based sectors. ITC’s main focus is to bring together target groups (such as SMEs, food system actors, farmers and other rural actors) and turn them into being “Smart”, thus creating a unique Europe-wide innovation-based ecosystem, supporting the shift towards more resilient, healthy and environmentally, socially, economically sustainable rural areas. ITC acts as a regional technology transfer intermediate, innovation center and business support cluster.
ITC is a founder and main administrative office of the Digital Innovation Hub – DIH AGRIFOOD, bringing together Slovenian and European research and development expertise in the field of Agriculture, Food production & processing and food supply.
GREEN POINT SFSC involves more than 70 local farmers and food producers, covering the process of production in greenhouse and open-air fields, with logistics from its own distribution center and different means of sales such as public institutions (schools …), institutions from the hospitality sector (restaurants …), and its own retail store and online shop – GREEN POINT. The Green point SFSC is continuously implementing innovative business models and technologies while actively contributing to increasing the proportion of local and safe food through awareness-raising campaigns. Moreover, the GREEN POINT (under the umbrella of ITC) is providing innovation infrastructure to test technologies and demonstrate new value chains developed within the food supply, with Multi-Actor based
ITC/DIH AGRIFOOD employs interdisciplinary experts with strong international references, a network of institutions and extensive experience in conducting EU funded projects and other projects focused on rural development. Our interdisciplinary team covers the following topics:
Our experts have implemented numerous EU funded projects (Interreg, Erasmus+, H2020) in last 5 years, while ITC is currently implementing 7 H2020 projects, all dealing with topics related to the Agrifood and rural development sectors.
ITC has established the GREEN POINT Living Lab, which acts in the area of Short Food Supply Chain (SFCS), based on fully deployed and functional SFSC called Green Point, located in Pomurje region (Slovenia). GREEN POINT (under the umbrella of ITC) is providing innovation infrastructure to test technologies and demonstrate new value chains developed within the food supply, with Multi-Actor based approach, involving: policy makers, local governance, academia, business actors, food actors, consumers / consumer organizations, civil society and NGOs.
DIH AGRIFOOD represents a One-Stop-Shop, providing services to organisations through a Multi-Actor Approach (MAA) cooperation, providing safe, sustainable and quality food while considering economic, environmental and social aspects and implications of food production and delivery.
Our network includes
EU organizations reached
Business Support Organisations
Aioti, European network of living labs, European cluster collaboration platform, EU S3 thematic platform – thematic area: High tech farming.
ITC with Green Point Living Lab is a member of two Special Interest Group oriented Task Forces:
Policy and Strategic Support:
Daniel Copot, ITC innovation technology cluster