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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 1 July, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
F2C Innovation
World Food Innovation Network (WOFIN)
United Bio-economy Clusters
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Cluster Manager
ECCP Responsible Person
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Micro- and Nanotechnology related to agriculture
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Creative Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
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Cluster Strategy

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.

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Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
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
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Trans-national Cooperation
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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

DIVA (Innosup 2017) - 01/04/2018 - 31/03/2021

The ambition of the DIVA project is support the emergence and development of new industrial digitech value chains with applications to the agrifood sector and related ones like forestry and environment.


Specifically, the project will support innovative SMEs from the agricultural, food and non-food sector, forestry and environment for one part, and ICT SMEs for another part. Through open innovation approaches, , DIVA will instigate the development of disruptive cross-sectorial value chains, accelerate the emergence of innovative solutions brought by SMEs, support their development to build new digitech value chains across EU, validate the technical and economical benefits for all actors along these value chains, and help to commercial duplication at the international level.

To succeed, DIVA proposes a specific support process mainly led by local clusters which are the best innovation brokers to bring SMEs in the loop and accompany them all along the 4 steps of these creativity and aceleration processes. 10 partners which are organized for working with a ICT / Agrifood tandem in each region – will gather SMEs, large end-users industrial leaders, other third parties in DIVA open innovation spaces. By capitalising on the leading-edge specialties of each region, DIVA will foster the local and European cross-fertilization and will create added-value innovation process.

In practical during the 36 months, after the implementation of a so called “digitech value chain inspiration framework”, which gathers and structures all the challenges of the agrifood stakeholders, calls for solutions, for demonstration and for internationalization will be launched to allow ICT SMEs to propose their innovative solutions and to be supported through 5 types of vouchers (until 60 k€) to enhance these solutions. At the end of the process which will reach a minimum of 3000 SMEs, 150 SMEs will be selected and will receive various supports:

  • Due diligence to operate a 360° strategic vision and validate the SME’s needs
  • Technical support to maturate their solutions until TRL 67 and even 8
  • Nontechnical support such as business strategy, business modelling, market strategy, strategic partnership building, IPR and certifications strategy…

75,6% of the 4,1 M€ budget will be directly oriented to the SMEs: 2,7 M€ through vouchers and 450 k€ via direct expertise of the partners.

As for the quantitative objectives, DIVA will create a minimum of 10 new digitech value chain in the agrifood sector, each gathering a minimum of 3 SMEs, with worldwide leadership and high growth potential. Thanks to the contribution of large agrifood stakeholders at their own costs, it is estimated that DIVA will leverage at least a similar investment from the private side to follow and support the development of the innovative solutionsbrought about by SMEs. The contribution of the Regions is also estimated to bring in the loop a similar amount via implementation of demonstrators and complementary support to those SMEs which will not have the chance to be selected for the DIVA vouchers scheme but whose ideas of solutions could be however of high enough added value at the regional levels.

Last but not least, DIVA will pay particular attention to dissemination and communication to spread information through the local and European thematic networks to gather largely contributions. It will also illustrate the DIVA methodology that could be implemented in each (or between) EU-Regions to create a glocal approach, source of territorial activities but international competitiveness and business.

Why should partners 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.