Innovation Cluster Initiative (iCi)
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, (TIEC), an affiliate to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency, launched Innovation Clusters Initiative (iCi) to enable innovation and entrepreneurship through public–private partnership (PPP). iCi creates a network of innovation clusters (iCluster) within the Egyptian technology parks to enable innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). Each cluster will specialize in a specific promising ICT-enabled sector creating new job opportunities and providing accumulated experiences. An innovation cluster works within a limited geographic scope as an engine for economic development as well as a cradle of creative ideas thereby maximizes the benefit and impact by promoting equality and social justice.
An Innovation Cluster is defined as a group of legal entities (cluster members), which include universities, private companies and entrepreneurship centers, among others. A cluster must be comprised of one university at least, and cluster members collaborate within a specific work scope in a certain geographical area to offer high-value innovations to global markets.
Setting up innovation clusters consists of multi phases with calls for competition. A phase spans 5 years, where every accepted cluster benefits from TIEC’s services, funding and incentives.
iCi, in its first phase, aims to establish two clusters as follows:
- Alexandria Innovation Cluster with a geographic scope that encompasses Alexandria, Al Beheira, and Matrouh. Its center will be in Borg Al Arab Tech Park.
- Asyut Innovation Cluster includes Minya, Suhag, Assiut and Red Sea. The cluster center will be the New Assiut Tech Park.
The deadline for submission of EoI is extended to 21 August 2016 @12:00 pm