Creating Business Opportunities in China through a Mission for Growth in Chengdu
This Event offered a chance for European Clusters to develop collaborations with participating clusters from China; thus, creating greater possibilities for SMEs to grow through opportunities such as access to new markets or to new products and services.
The EU Cluster Matchmaking Event was composed of 15 representatives from cluster organisations that were willing and committed to participate in a cluster matchmaking event to Chengdu (China) in the fields of:
- Bio‐pharmacy & bio‐technology
- Environmental protection
- Renewable energy
You can find more information on the Event in the news article.
A step toward a new European Cluster Strategy for Growth
"This conference marks the beginning of a process that will review, and reflect on, the changing role of clusters in today's globalised economy", said M. Baldinato, Member of the Cabinet of Nelli Feroci, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, in his welcome address. He summed up the ambition of the new cluster strategy as "positioning clusters as integrators across policies, sectors, regions and borders".
For more information download full report here.
Dr Stan Higgins is voted the "European Cluster Manager of the Year 2014"
Find more informations on the award ceremony here.
Cluster matchmaking event on 20 October 2014 in Brussels: Eighty clusters meet to explore cross sectoral opportunities.
The event gathered over 80 clusters represented by more than 100 cluster managers, coming from 18 EU countries and from Turkey and Serbia. 170 cluster-to-cluster (C2C) meetings were organised which generated great interest and scope for future cooperation.
This event, with such a large panel of European clusters, offered cluster managers a unique opportunity to explore possible common areas of interest for cooperation and identify potential complementarities in terms of technologies, services, value chain, and market focus for their SME members.
The event was also a perfect occasion to experiment cross-sectoral dialogues to explore potential synergies and cooperation, with more than 15 sectors represented, amongst which notably the sectors of ICT, Energy, Environment, Health, Biotech, pharma and cosmetics, Materials, Agro food, Space and aerospace, Automotive, transport and logistics, Creative industries,…and with almost half of the meetings being cross-sectoral meetings.
Feedback from participants on the event, based on the post event questionnaire, was very positive and will be further analyzed in a report that will follow.
Other International Cluster Matchmaking events will be organised in 2015, the participation will be open through a call for expression of interest to be published on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in the coming months.
Participants also had the possibility to attend the European Cluster Conference 2014 held in the same venue in Brussels on October 20th and 21st, 2014.