The Software Innovation Pole Cluster was established as a result of co-operation between 19 leading software technology research centres, companies and technology transfer organizations on September 21, 2007, building on the co-operation of the industrial partners of the University of Szeged and the e-Szeged consortium.
Altoghether there are 40 members (35 companies and 5 supporting members including 1 university, 1 chamber and 3 companies). Among the members there are 8 micro, 17 small, 7 medium size companies, 1 municipality-owned (100%) company, and 2 universities.
ACCREDITATION and QUALIFICATIONS
In 2009, the Cluster was awarded the Special Donated Prize of the Prestige Award, which is the special prize established by the local daily newspaper Délmagyarország and the University of Szeged, to be awarded to those entities considered to be outstanding in the local economy.
The Cluster successfully renewed its Accredited Innovation Cluster title for another 2 years in 2017.
The Cluster gained „Cluster Management Excellence Label Silver – Striving for Cluster Excellence” qualification in September, 2015, for 2 years.
Activities of the Cluster primarily focus on business and administration (governmental) informatics and artificial intelligence solutions; software quality assurance; “SMART” informatics and Big Data applications; Application of mobile and embedded systems and Cloud computing.
- enhances the cooperation within the cluster members (exploring new cooperation opportunities, development of new business opportunities),
- carries out joint representation activity,
- enhances software industry innovation activity especially for the South Great Plain Region (establishment of new spin-off companies on the basis of higher-education institutions, technology-intensive research centres),
- attracts the region for additional knowledge-intensive economy participants, harmonises the university research and the demand arising in software industry enterprises,
- participates in human resource development by implementing trainings and education programs related to joint developments,
- develops competitive technologies, products and services by joint and coordinated activities of members,
- coordinates joint R&D projects of cluster members,
o supports the national and international business utilization of R&D results in the field of software development,
- increases the turnover and export share of software industry SMEs,
- organises national and international networking events, meetups,
- contributes to the establishment of knowledge-based, high value-added economy by software industry development especially in the South Great Plain Region and the area of Szeged City.