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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 17 October, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Aττική (Attiki)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
ISO 9001:2008, EBN EU|BIC, Labeled among the National mature clusters
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
NEM Initiative - Cluster of Clusters
EBN Creative SIG
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Nikos
Vogiatzis
Cluster Manager
00302106300770
n.vogiatzis@corallia.org
Francesca
Chrysolouri
Internationalisation Responsible
00302106300770
f.chrysolouri@corallia.org
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Greek
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Cultural Heritage
E-Publishing, Digital Content
S3 EU priority areas: 
Amusement & recreation activities
Creative, arts & entertainment activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Gaming Technologies and Applications
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
60
Number of SME members: 
42
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
12
Number of larger company members: 
3
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
14
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Corallia
Co-working Space
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

gi-Cluster is the first creative industries cluster established Greece. It comprises of small and large companies, academic and research institutions, all involved in the Gaming and Creative Technologies and Applications Industry and forms a domestic, industry-led value-chain developing high-tech, state-of-the art competitive products for the international market, as the sole organized effort to build upon Greece’s unparalleled competitive advantage and leverage the existing talent, targeting particularly the Cultural & Tourism Industries.

Since its establishment, Corallia acts as the gi-Cluster facilitator and orchestrates the design and implementation of all its initiatives and actions, always in alignment with the clusters’ mission to become a world-class, fully operational innovation ecosystem, which will contribute towards elevating Greece in the global competitiveness charts.

In sync with global cluster management standards, initially introduced in Greece by Corallia, the Vision "create locally | compete globally" and the scope of establishing the message "Innovation Designed in Greece” critically determine the cluster’s operation for they form the guiding framework for any activity designed and undertaken within the gi-Cluster.

The offering of guidance and entrepreneurial support to cluster members by the management team seeks to achieve:

  • increase of both short and long-term productivity, turnover and export;
  • support employment growth via new job creation;
  • strengthen international presence and members’ orientation by utilising the strong international network offered by the gi-Cluster facilitator to the entire ecosystem;
  • improve competitiveness and business readiness levels.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

An integrated portfolio of services addressed to members offers even greater value to their daily operation, covering a wide range of actions with special focus on synergies within the ecosystem, enhancing innovation and extroversion with benefit packages and supporting actions. More specifically:

Research & Networking: Showcasing the profile of cluster members and the identity of the cluster overall, placing the ecosystem dynamically on the international market, through targeted publicity, networking and through the design and implementation of data collection.

Cluster Expansion: Advisory support on specific operational and business development issues, with many opportunities for cooperation with experienced partners and benefits of involvement within a collaborative environment of innovation incubators.

Education & Training: Business acceleration opportunities and the training of scientific and management staff of cluster members through their participation in high quality educational programs and specialized seminars organized with widely acknowledged associates.

Commercial Cooperation: Strengthening of the value chain and the partnerships between members, international presence, expansion into new markets and developing strategic partnerships both at home and abroad through participation in well-organised exhibitions, roadshows to target markets and business meetings.

Innovation & Technology: Improving innovation processes and developing technological achievements, monitoring and shaping trends and international high technology standards with the enhancement of applied research by linking industry and academic research community and by organising scientific events.

Policy Action: Exploring partnerships, shaping policy proposals and developing action plans on issues for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness at regional and national level aiming to improve the macroeconomic environment.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Taiwan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
France
Germany
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Systematic participation in cross-cluster events as well as trade fairs in Europe and beyond, undertaking of business networking missions and collaborative EU projects with other European Clusters.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Cap Digital
Imaginove
Madrid ICT Audiovisual Cluster
mi-Cluster
si-Cluster
Danish Sound Innovation Network
Aerospace Valley
Minalogic
Fondazione Distretto Green & Hi-Tech
Cool Silicon
Danish Food Cluster
Galicia Food Cluster
Skaane Food Innovation Network
INNOSKART ICT Cluster
Agropolis International
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INCLUSILVER
SPACE2ID
SPACE2IDGO

Participation in the Action “Creation of Innovation Clusters-A Greek product, a single market: The planet-pilot operation phase” of the «Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship» and Regions in transition National Strategic Reference Framework NSRF 2007-2013. The project objective was to support gi-Cluster to expand and make effective use of and promote Hellenic innovation at both national and international level. In specific, project's activity focused on the following strategic axes for gi-Cluster: Cluster Expansion; Innovation & Technology; Education & Training; Commercial Cooperation; Policy Action; Research & Development.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

1. Development & management of the first Gaming and Creative Technologies & Applications co-location hub in Greece, hosting cluster members, offering incubation, business development services and support for growth and networking of cluster members. 

2. Nurturing of favorable conditions for the promotion and establishment of collaboration links among cluster members towards joint product development. Several new commercial products have been developed with contribution from 3 or more cluster members that have shared IPR and shared revenue/profits. 

3. Cluster internationalisation activities during 2015 such as support to cluster SMEs to participate at leading global sector events in EU (e.g. Game Connection in Paris) and US (e.g. E3 expo in Los Angeles), have generated tangible results, with new customers, new business opportunities and revenue, and new project partnerships for several cluster members.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

gi-Cluster is the first gold-labeled Creative & Digital Industries cluster in Southeast Europe. It brings together unparalleled cultural content with state-of-the-art digital technologies. Through B2B and C2C partnerships with other clusters in Europe, we aspire to:

1. Join forces in shaping European policies & measures for the support and further growth of the creative industries dynamic (namely funding schemes, cross-collaboration platforms etc.).

2. Share experiences and best practices among fellow European professionals in the creative and digital industries sector.

3. Support cross-cluster and incubator collaboration via common events, joint competitions and further opportunities to connect.

4. Identify and offer opportunities for collaboration for joint European projects efforts.