The Lithuanian cluster network was officially established on 27 May 2020. Giedrius Bagušinskas, the Head of the SMART FOOD cluster and the Head of the Lithuanian Food Exporters Association (LitMEA), was elected president. Irmina Valytė was appointed Director General of the network.
It is the only organization in Lithuania that unites the community of 57 national clusters registered on klaster.lt platform and the implementers of the Innovation Network Promotion and Development (InoLink) project. The network will represent Lithuanian clusters operating in the fields of information and communication technologies, financial technologies, creative industries, production and engineering, agro-innovation and food technologies, energy and construction, transport, health and tourism. The members of the clusters unite 777 small and medium-sized enterprises, including 10 members of the "LATIA Export Development" cluster:
“LTM GARMENTS” UAB,
ALGIRDAS VALIUŠKIS COMPANY,
“EUSTILIJA” E.Galkauskienė's company,
“ŠILTA MADA” UAB,
“DIZAINO VĖJAS” MB,
“KANTA SPORT” UAB.
According to Director General Irmina Valytė, the organization aims to strengthen clusters by building competencies and exchanging experiences through joint events and projects, involve clusters in achieving the goals of the National Progress Program, submit proposals to the European Commission, by actively participating in the European Cluster Alliance to participate more actively in international value chains and joint projects, to represent Lithuanian clusters and companies submitting proposals to the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania. Valytė emphasizes that despite the suspended activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the Lithuanian Cluster Association actively communicate with each other and at the same time even found new business opportunities.
Gintas Kimtys, acting Director of the Science, Innovation and Technology Agency on the occasion of the establishment of the network expressed his satisfaction with the significant growth of the cluster community and its development from the cooperation platform "Klaster.lt" to the Lithuanian cluster network. He emphasized that the Lithuanian cluster network is a springboard to the European Cluster Alliance, allowing Lithuanian clusters to propose relevant initiatives to the European Commission and participate in the cluster policy-making process.
You can read the full article on the European Cluster Cooperation Platform: The Lithuanian Cluster Network making national clusters visible in Europe