1. What is a cluster?
A cluster is a geographical grouping of firms that belong predominantly to one economic sector, that produce and sell a range of related or complementary products. Alternatively, a cluster can also mean an industrial district of mostly small and specialized firms that perform different, but complementary activities and that are linked horizontally and vertically through a mix of cooperative and competitive relations.
3. What is the Green Cluster?
Green Cluster is a platform for Cypriot nano-SMEs, start-ups, groups of people and individual entrepreneurs that share common values on sustainability and innovation. The Green Cluster brings together professionals from sectors seemingly unrelated, in a cluster that is continuously expanding, with the aim to:
5. Why join the Green Cluster?
Clustering can be a solution to enhancing economic and environmental competitiveness include: Green Cluster members benefits include:
9. What are my obligations as a member?
To comply with the code of conduct.
2. What are the main characteristics of a Cluster relevant to Cyprus?
4. What is the difference between Green Cluster and other Clusters abroad?
Clusters imply one sector, similar or complementary activities, and are as such specifically implemented abroad. Instead, the Green Cluster is an all-encompassing cluster, appealing to firms from all sectors of the economy with potential for green growth. As a result, the Green Cluster is a country-wide cluster, and is not limited to an industrial district, a region or city. The reason is the small size of the island and the growth potential of the newly-expanding green sector of Cyprus. Additionally, the Green Cluster is a cluster of products and services as opposed to a raw material, energy or by-product exchange between industries. The cluster will include local and non-local support institutions in the form of NGOs, research institutes and civil society organisations. Ultimately the cluster will function as a social cluster of synergistic relationships between smaller sector-wide clusters. In other words, the Green Cluster will be a cluster of clusters.
6. What is the cost of joining the Green Cluster?
There is no cost for becoming a member of Green Cluster. The power of the Green Cluster comes from its evolving networks and synergies.
7. How does it work?
If you are interested in joining the cluster, please read and agree with the code of conduct, and fill out our membership application form. Your application form will be reviewed, and if accepted, you will receive an email confirming your membership. Additionally, your profile information will become visible on our members interactive map. You will also be contacted for future training and networking activities relevant to your sector.
8. How are the synergies between the members developed?
Typical ways of clustering include:
10. What is the profit for AKTI?
There is no economic profit for AKTI. The benefit for AKTI is promoting sustainable development through novel ideas and best practices, educating the public, and ultimately encouraging start-ups, entrepreneurial activity and innovation.