4 Days Training Course

Industrial Transition & Innovative Clusters

Equipping Industry Leaders to Navigate Change and Drive Innovation

14-17 OCTOBER 2024


The “Industrial Transition & Innovative Clusters” course is designed to equip industry leaders, policy makers, business development professionals, and other stakeholders with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the rapidly changing industrial landscape. This comprehensive course delves into the key drivers of industrial transition and the pivotal role of innovative clusters in fostering economic growth and innovation.

This comprehensive course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of industrial transition and effectively participate in innovative clusters. The curriculum is structured into two key modules, each addressing critical aspects of modern industrial dynamics and collaborative innovation ecosystems.

By the end of this course, participants will have a well-rounded understanding of industrial transitions and the dynamics of innovative clusters, along with practical strategies to implement in their organizations for sustainable growth and innovation.

  • Understand Industrial Transition: Develop a comprehensive understanding of the concept of industrial transition and the key forces driving these changes.
  • Technological Advancements: Identify and analyse the impact of technological advancements on industrial sectors.
  • Market and Regulatory Changes: Recognize the shifting market demands and regulatory changes affecting industries.
  • Sustainability Imperatives: Explore sustainability imperatives and their role in driving industrial transitions.
  • Adopting New Technologies: Learn strategies for adopting and integrating new technologies within industrial operations.
  • Re-skilling Workforce: Understand the importance of re-skilling the workforce to meet new industrial demands and learn effective re-skilling strategies.
  • Managing Supply Chain Transformations: Gain insights into managing supply chain transformations during periods of industrial transition.
  • Financial Sustainability: Learn methods for maintaining financial sustainability during transition phases.
  • Strategic Planning and Change Management: Acquire skills in strategic planning and change management to effectively lead organizations through transitional periods.
  • Leveraging EC Funding: Understand the role of European Commission (EC) funding in supporting industrial transition and learn how to leverage this support effectively.
  • Understanding Innovative Clusters: Gain a comprehensive understanding of innovative clusters and their significance in economic growth and innovation.
  • Economic Growth and Productivity: Explore how innovative clusters stimulate economic growth and enhance productivity by bringing together interconnected businesses, suppliers, and institutions.
  • Benefits of Participation: Identify the benefits of participating in innovative clusters, including access to specialized resources, shared infrastructure, and networking opportunities.
  • Collaborative R&D: Learn about the role of collaborative research and development within innovative clusters.
  • Cluster Policies in the European Context: Understand the role of cluster policies in Europe and the support provided by the European Commission (EC).
  • Leveraging EC Support: Learn how SMEs can effectively leverage EC support to engage in innovative clusters.
  • Strategies for Integration: Develop strategies for successful integration and active participation within innovative clusters.
  • Partnership Building: Understand the importance of building partnerships within clusters.
  • Collaborative Innovation: Explore strategies for fostering collaborative innovation and knowledge sharing.
  • Case Studies and Real-World Examples: Analyse case studies and real-world examples of successful innovative clusters to gain practical insights.


  • Enhanced Knowledge: Gain a deep understanding of industrial transition and the factors driving it.
  • Practical Skills: Develop practical skills to manage technological changes, re-skill the workforce, and transform supply chains.
  • Strategic Insight: Learn strategic planning and change management techniques to lead successful transitions.
  • Financial Acumen: Understand financial strategies to ensure sustainability during transition phases.
  • Funding Opportunities: Learn how to effectively utilize EC funding to support industrial transition efforts.
  • Networking: Engage with peers and industry experts to share experiences and best practices.
  • Enhanced Understanding: Gain a deep understanding of innovative clusters and their role in driving economic growth and innovation.
  • Access to Resources: Learn how to access specialized resources and shared infrastructure within innovative clusters.
  • Networking Opportunities: Benefit from networking opportunities with interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions.
  • Collaborative Opportunities: Discover opportunities for collaborative research and development.
  • Policy Insight: Understand the role of cluster policies in the European context and how to leverage EC support.
  • Strategic Integration: Develop strategies for successful integration and active participation in innovative clusters.
  • Practical Skills: Acquire practical skills in partnership building, collaborative innovation, and knowledge sharing.
  • Real-World Insights: Gain insights from case studies and real-world examples of successful innovative clusters.


  • Actionable Plans: Participants will be able to create actionable plans for managing industrial transitions within their organizations.
  • Technology Integration: Enhanced ability to adopt and integrate new technologies in their operations.
  • Workforce Development: Implementation of effective re-skilling programs to prepare the workforce for new industrial demands.
  • Supply Chain Management: Improved management of supply chain transformations.
  • Sustainable Financial Practices: Application of strategies to maintain financial health during periods of change.
  • Strategic Leadership: Participants will be equipped with the skills to lead their organizations through transitional periods effectively.
  • Effective Use of EC Funding: Increased capability to leverage EC funding to support industrial transition initiatives.
  • Actionable Plans for Cluster Engagement: Participants will be able to create actionable plans for engaging and thriving within innovative clusters.
  • Resource Utilization: Enhanced ability to access and utilize specialized resources and shared infrastructure.
  • Effective Networking: Improved networking with businesses, suppliers, and institutions within innovative clusters.
  • Collaborative R&D Initiatives: Increased involvement in collaborative research and development initiatives.
  • Policy and Funding Leverage: Greater capability to leverage cluster policies and EC support for SME growth.
  • Strategic Participation: Development of effective strategies for integration and active participation within clusters.
  • Partnership and Collaboration: Strengthened skills in building partnerships and fostering collaborative innovation.
  • Implementation of Best Practices: Application of best practices and insights from real-world examples to enhance participation in innovative clusters.

This course is ideal for professionals and stakeholders involved in industrial sectors and innovation ecosystems who are looking to enhance their understanding and capabilities in navigating industrial transitions and engaging in innovative clusters. The attendees profile includes:

  • Industry Leaders and Executives: Senior managers, directors, and executives responsible for strategic planning, technological adoption, and managing industrial transitions within their organizations.

  • Innovation and R&D Managers: Professionals involved in research and development, innovation management, and technological advancements within industrial sectors.

  • Policy Makers and Regulators: Government officials, policy makers, and regulatory bodies involved in shaping and implementing industrial and innovation policies.

  • SME Owners and Entrepreneurs: Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners and entrepreneurs looking to leverage innovative clusters and European Commission (EC) support for growth and competitiveness.

  • Sustainability Officers: Professionals focused on sustainability initiatives and integrating sustainable practices into industrial operations.

  • Supply Chain and Operations Managers: Managers responsible for supply chain management, operations, and logistics within transitioning industrial environments.

  • HR and Training Professionals: Human resources managers and training professionals involved in workforce development, re-skilling, and talent management to meet new industrial demands.

  • Consultants and Advisors: Industry consultants and advisors providing expertise and guidance on industrial transitions, innovation clusters, and strategic planning.

  • Academic and Research Institutions: Academics, researchers, and students specializing in industrial engineering, innovation studies, and economic development.

  • Financial Analysts and Investors: Financial analysts, investors, and venture capitalists interested in understanding the financial sustainability and investment opportunities during industrial transitions.

By attending this course, professionals from diverse backgrounds will gain valuable insights and practical strategies to lead and support their organizations through periods of change and innovation, fostering sustainable growth and development.

Participation fee for the 3 days training:

In-class €2260 excl. VAT

Training package includes:

  • Admission to the course

  • Hard copies of: the course’s Handbook

  • European Academy’s delegate’s bag with supporting training material & memorabilia 

  • Certification of “Industrial Transition & Innovative Clusters” training completion

  • Certificate of attendance

  • Complimentary coffee & snack breaks

  • Complimentary networking lunch breaks

Goran Mladenović

Trainer, coach, consultant, technology evangelist, and inspirational speaker experienced in cluster management, project management, HR and OD, sales, and operational management.
MBTI Certified practitioner.
20+ years of experience in managerial and specialist positions in international corporations, international development projects, business associations, and NGOs. 500+ public appearances on several continents. 2000+ assessments completed. Implemented more than 70 projects.
Clients’ success: 20 startups got seed investment, 50+ organizations improved business, clients were awarded for the best recruitment process in Serbia in 2020 and 2023. Ni CAT is one of the leading clusters in the region
Awards for social engagement: “Walker,” “Master Jedi,” and “1 of 1000 Heroes of Serbia in the XXI Century.”
CEO of NI CAT cluster, founder of ITG Consulting, Health Supercluster board member, advisor of several startups.

Training Venue

Warwick Brussels Hotel *****


5 Rue Duquesnoy, 1000, Brussels, Belgium

CONTAct number

+32 2 505 55 55

Participants will receive further venue information upon registration. 

Combine the course with a Brussels city break

Find here available Hotels for the course’s dates near the training venue. 

Explore your way around the city & how to reach the venue with public transport. 

Discover what the city has to offer, activities and events during your visit. 

Find here available Hotels for the course’s dates near the training venue. 

Recommended Hotels Near The Course Venue: 

Warwick Brussels
5-star hotel, rated 4.2/5
Hotel Alma
3-star hotel, rated 3.7/5
Le Dixseptieme
4-star hotel rated 4.6/5
Hotel Agora Brussels Grand Place
3-star hotel, rated 4.5/5
Hotel Novotel Brussels off Grand Place
4-star hotel, rated 4.3/5
Hilton Brussels Grand Place
4-star hotel, rated 4.3/5

Explore your way around the city & how to reach the venue with public transport. 

The nearest to the venue Underground station is Gare Centrale served by subway services Nr. 1 and 5 (5 min walk), for bus, Grand Place station served by bus services Nr. 33, 48 and 95 (2 min walk), for tram, Palais or Royale stops served by tram services Nr. 92 and 93 (8-9 min walk).

Discover what the city has to offer, activities and events during your visit. 

Recommended Restaurants Near The Course Venue: 

The Lobster House
rated 4.7 – 5 min. walk
Pasta Divina
rated 4.6 – 3 min. walk
A L’Angolo
rated 4.5 – 8 min. walk
Yummy Bowl {vegetarian}
rated 4.8 – 1 min. walk
Horia – Oriental Natural Eatery
rated 4.7 – 8 min. walk

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