DanuBioValNet Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region

The DanuBioValNet project, launched in 2017 through a cross-regional partnership involving 16 partners from 10 Danube regions, enhance transformation from fossil-based economy towards an economy using renewable resources by creating Danube bio-based value-added networks.

The aim of this project is to develop new methods, strategies and tools to connect Danube actors (SMEs, farmers, universities, research institutes, etc.) in a bio-based industry. The project is focused on three bio-based value chains with high potential, such as Phytopharma, Eco-construction and Bio-based packing (bioplastic). Moreover, the hemp-industry has been included as well because hemp can be seen as a raw material for all three value chains.

The partners intend to develop a long-term, industry driven roadmap for such collaboration, a Joint Bio-Based Industry Cluster Policy Strategy, and create new bio-based value chains in the Danube Region and eco-innovations for supporting regional development. Clusters, as groups of industries that are closely linked by common products, markets, technologies and interests, are chosen to organize and carry forward the needed industry cooperation for the creation of new value chains.

Successfully established new bio-based value chains in the pilot actions can motivate other clusters and SMEs to test this newly developed approach in the future.


Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 2320844,8
ERDF Contribution: 1857124,54
IPA Contribution: 115593,54
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 1
Innovative and socially responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Improve framework conditions for innovation


Filename Date of upload
Synthesis Value Chain Mapping Reports 23-11-2018 10:56:16
Synthesis Report on Bio-based Value Chains Roadmapping 28-11-2018 14:42:22
Roadmap Reports 22-11-2018 11:05:38
Cluster Mapping Reports 22-11-2018 11:02:38
Cluster Mapping Synthesis Reports 22-11-2018 11:04:13
Country Reports 22-11-2018 10:53:50
Country Report - Synthesis 23-11-2018 11:03:03
The BioBased Cluster Excellence Initiative 19-07-2017 08:45:35
The Bio-based Cluster Excellence Initiative Report 02-05-2018 11:39:27
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH Lead partner patzelt@bio-pro.de Germany
ClusterAgentur Baden-Wuerttemberg ERDF partner mzk@clusteragentur-bw.de Germany
Anteja ECG ERDF partner mateja.dermastia@anteja-ecg.com Slovenia
PROUNION ERDF partner katarina.blicklingova@gmail.com Slovakia
Romanian Cluster Association ERDF partner contact@clustero.eu Romania
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Project News

  • DanuBioValNet - 1ST Danube Cluster Policy Maker Forum, 12/2018, Bucharest, Romania
    - 18-12-2018

    Press Release Policy Makers, cluster stakeholders and practitioners from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania participated on the 11th of December to the 1st Danube Cluster Policy Maker Forum...

  • DanuBioValNet - The Awareness Workshop for European Clusters in Zagreb: A More Active Approach on the Regional Level is Needed!
    - 05-12-2018

    Press Release On 22nd of November, an Awareness Workshop of DTP DanuBioValNet project has been organized in Zagreb, in the framework of the EU Western Balkans Cluster Policy Learning and Matchmaking Event. The project was presented within...

  • DanuBioValNet - Danube Cluster Policy Maker Forum on 11 December, Bucharest
    - 22-11-2018

    Invitation Cluster Policy Makers and practitioners are invited on 11 December in Bucharest to debate on the ways bio-based clusters can be used in the development of future smart specialisation approaches. As bio-economy has been...

    - 07-11-2018

    Invitation Priority Area 8, together with the DanuBioValNet project, will be presented at the “EU Western Balkans Cluster Policy Learning and Matchmaking Event” which will take place on 22 and 23 of November in Zagreb and is organized by...

  • DanuBioValNet - The 7th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)
    - 15-10-2018

    The 7th Annual Forum of the EUSDR will be held in Sofia on 18 – 19 October 2018. The Annual Forum is organised jointly with Bulgaria and the European Commission in cooperation with the Danube Transnational Programme, as a key event of the...

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