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General Information
Year Established: 
Sunday, 1 July, 2007
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Midi-Pyrénées
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
F2C Innovation
World Food Innovation Network (WOFIN)
United Bio-economy Clusters
Agripir
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Costes
Vincent
Cluster Manager
+33.5.61.32.13.60
contact@agrisudouest.com
Augier
Laurent
Cluster Manager
+33.5.61.32.13.60
contact@agrisudouest.com
Hanocque
Audrey
ECCP Responsible Person
+33.5.61.32.13.60
audrey.hanocque@agrisudouest.com
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Livestock Processing
Technology fields: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Micro- and Nanotechnology related to agriculture
Food Processing
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Sustainable agriculture
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Creative Industries
Logistical Services
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
350
Number of SME members: 
187
Name and link of major players: 
Website
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation is an agricultural and agro-industrial competitiveness cluster in the Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie southwestern regions of France, gathering 350 members. Its members are mostly SMEs and mid-caps, laboratories, research centres and institutions. The cluster's priority is to support SMEs and mid-caps and increase their added value, by helping them meet the challenges of tomorrow.
 
The Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation cluster has been ranked among the "very successful" clusters during the last audit commissioned by the French government in 2015. The state, both regions, Nouvelle Aquitaine and Occitanie, and 11 local authorities validated the performance contract and confirmed their support for 2013-2018.

The actions led by Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation must fall under one of the three following strategic priorities:

  • Develop agro-refineries and enhance overall agricultural production, such as bioplastics,
  • Improve production system efficiency, for example in agricultural machinery,
  • Optimise eco-efficiency production inputs, for example by replacing nitrogen fertilisers of chemical origin.

Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation spreads on the large perimeter of the south-west of France, where the diversity of farm productions is important, regarding both vegetal and animal productions. Concerning crops, the cluster unite excellence competences from public and private research centers on sunflower, corn and soya, including the European leader seeds companies and some rising SMEs in the biotechnologies and biocontrol sectors.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
None
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
Germany
Greece
Italy
Romania
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
INTERREG

AGRIPIR (Interreg IV A POCTEFA programme) - 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2014

The project aimed at strengthening cross-border integration and regional economic development through the creation and animation of a " Network for exchange and experimentation for the mountain farming in the Pyrenees revaluation."

The network 's aim is to foster the creation of high-tech innovative projects, suitable for the mountain agriculture issues. It brings together 13 Spanish and French partners from different spheres (private and public, research institutions and universities, development agencies and SMEs).

Sessions of thematic workshops are organized four times a year on both sides of the massif. They bring together experts and field operators on specific issues. Concrete and innovative collaborative projects must emerge from these exchanges.

AGRIPIR has been honored by the European Commission: the project has been awarded finalist of the RegioStars 2015 contest as a very successful project.

Relevant Project References: 
http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/projects/regiostars/doc/regiostars/2015/regio_stars_brochure_2015.pdf
Promotion
Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

Agri Sud-Ouest Innovation covers the whole agri-food value chain.

The cluster's priority is to support SMEs and mid-caps and increase their added value, by helping them meet the challenges of tomorrow and create innovations all along the agrifood chain.

AGRI Sud-Ouest Innovation works on the large perimeter of the south-west of France, where the diversity of farm productions is important, both vegetal and animal productions.

The AGRI Sud-Ouest Innovation cluster has developed a real expertise since 2008 on the SMEs management of innovation: from the emergence of high potential and competitive ideas to the structuring of collaborative projects. This required a real know-how in the agrifood sector as SMEs doesn't know neither take the time to structure global innovative programs and develop strategic collaborations.

In addition, AGRI Sud-Ouest Innovation is labelled Glod Cluster of Excellence since 2013.