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Creative Factory by Samoa

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 17 October, 2003
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Pays de la Loire
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
European Creative Hubs Network
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Marieke
Zeegers
Project Manager
+33 2 51 89 54 34
marieke.zeegers@samoa-nantes.fr
Female
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Creative products
Creative services
S3 EU priority areas: 
Development of regional cultural & creative industries
Support to link cultural & creative industries to traditional industries
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
447
Number of SME members: 
20
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
400
Number of larger company members: 
20
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Located on the western point of the island of Nantes, the creative district has the ambition to become the creative hub of the greater metropolitan area of Nantes. By 2020, the 15 ha that the district represents, will intertwine start-ups, SME’s, research and development, higher education, and cultural organizations.

In order to support and promote the creative and cultural industries, Nantes Metropole has given a mandate to the Samoa (www.iledenantes.com), the urban development agency of the Island of Nantes, to implement and manage the Creative Factory. Its main mission is to promote, support and develop the economic sectors of the creative and cultural industries through several aspects :

  • To develop and manage office space destined for start-up’s, sme’s and any other type of entrepreneur in the sectors of the creative and cultural industries
  • To develop and implement a complete plan offering support to entrepreneurs at all stages of development of their organizations
  • To structure a support system geared towards the artistic and cultural sectors
  • To promote spill-over activities between industrial and service sectors and the creative sectors
  • To develop international cooperation between European clusters and hubs active in the field of the creative and cultural economic sectors

As a creative hub, the Creative Factory contributes to the international strategy of the greater metropolitan area of Nantes. In coordination with the other stakeholders of the area the Creative Factory is present on three levels :

  • Through cooperation with strategic partners throughout Europe (Hambourg, Quebec)
  • As a member of international networks (ECIA, ECBN, participation in Eurocities and AIMF)
  • Through the participation in the cooperation and funding programs of the European commission

These international and interinstitutional cooperations allow the Creative Factory to partake in skills and knowledge exchanges, essential to maintain a high level of expertise and added-value.

The team is currently involved in several European projects.

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Canada
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: 
Belgium
Germany
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European Programmes
H2020
INTERREG
Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The Creative Factory is engaged in the development of the Cultural and Creative Industries both on a local and international level. We are engaged in several European cooperation projects and aim at developing our networks with other clusters engaged in the development of the CCIs and internationalization of Creative activities.