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

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 - The Danube region countries have taken up the bio-economic challenge
    - 11-06-2019
    The Danube region countries have taken up the bio-economic challenge

    Press Release Prague, 29. 5. 2019 - The countries of the Danube Region are rich in biomass resources, but the bioeconomic potential of these resources has not yet been exploited in a targeted way. One reason is the lack of coordination...

  • DanuBioValNet - Final Conference, 28 - 29 May 2019, Prague
    - 09-04-2019

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Final Conference of the DanuBioValNet project and experience the Danube Competitiveness in Practice Event   Sustainable Transformation of the Danube Region and the Future of the...

  • DanuBioValNet - Challenges and Opportunities of Eco-construction in Southeast Europe
    - 04-04-2019

    Invitation Date: 24 April 2019 Venue: Zagreb Fair, Avenija Dubrovnik 15, South Entrance, Croatia The Croatian Wood Cluster in collaboration with the Croatian Ministry of Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts,...

  • DanuBioValNet - TOP bio-based products in the Danube Region
    - 01-04-2019

    The partners of the DanuBioValNet project are proud to publish the first of its kind catalogue of TOP bio-based products in the Danube Region. It is a showcase of innovative solutions applying biological renewable resources in three...

  • DanuBioValNet - Danube Phytopharma Forum - Converting bio-based resources into phytopharmaceutical products
    - 21-03-2019

    Invitation Date: 9 - 10 May 2019 Venue: Sofia-Plovdiv, Bulgaria Sofia Tech Park (Lab complex, Hall 125), 111 Tsarigradsko Shosse Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria Association of Business Clusters of Bulgaria and BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg...

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