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ESCP-4i in brief

 

Learn more about the individual ESCP-4i partnerships, their international strategies, activities and impacts.

The European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International (ESCPs-4i) were labelled by the European Commission, DG Growth and the Executive Agency for SMEs of the European Commission following the COSME call COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Go International and their activities started as ESCP-4i labelled partnerships at the beginning of 2016.

 

The ESCP-4i are transnational cluster partnerships that develop and implement a joint internationalisation strategy and support SME internationalisation towards third countries beyond Europe. They aim to develop common actions and an implementation roadmap as part of a long-term cooperation agenda.

 

The European Commission has selected 26 "European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International" as a result of the COSME call "Cluster Go International" (COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03):

  • including the 15 co-funded projects resulting from the call "Clusters Go International"
  • and 11 additional "voluntary" Partnerships that were on the reserve list of the call and accepted to keep working on joint cooperation agenda without EC direct co-funding.

An interesting "Research paper on cluster management internationalisation skills and keys for success in managing and promoting pan-European Strategic Cluster Partnerships" in support of the present and upcoming partnerships is available for download here.

The ESCP-4i projects were invited to participate in a consultation launched by the ECCP with the European Commission in June 2016. The topic of the consultation was the ESCP-4i projects’ activities and their interactions, including with the ECCP. A public version of the report can be downloaded here.

Key figures

All together, the ESCP-4i Cluster Partnerships gather about 150 cluster organisations across 23 European countries. The partnerships are composed of on average 6 cluster organisations. Together, they represent a potential to support more than 17,000 European SMEs in accessing global value chains and taking a leading position globally.

Industrial focus

Partnerships are active in various industrial and cross-sectoral areas including health, aerospace, mobility and logistics, agrifood, energy, marine and environment, packaging, materials and photonics, ICT, construction and sports. 

 

 

 

Target markets

The partnerships will be targeting cooperation with third countries' economies. Most partnerships have already identified their target markets, per region or specifically mentioning target countries; of which the main ones include Brazil, China, India, Japan and USA.

 

 

 

 

ESCP-4i build on an initiative launched by DG Growth in 2012 to test and validate this cluster partnership approach with 6 European cluster consortia – more information of the 6 pilot projects.
 

Download the tables of ESCP-4i in PDF