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Estonian Defence and Security Innovation Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 25 February, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG)
Defence Supply Chain Network
European Network of Defence –related Regions
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Communications Equipment and Services
Technology fields: 
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition
S3 EU priority areas: 
Safety & security
ICT trust, cyber security & network security
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
robotics, mechatronics, unmanned / autonomous systems, big data, communication and monitoring systems, sensors and other smart technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

The mission of the cluster is to support the growth of competitiveness of innovative products and services of Estonian defence and security industry by being a trustworthy and competent partner in joint marketing and product development.

The vision of the cluster is to be an internationally acknowledged competence centre for developing and marketing of smart and knowledge-based products and services in the field of defence and security industry.

The primary goal of the cluster is to enhance the international competitiveness of its partners in foreign markets through promoting collaboration as well as research and development activities of the partners. As a result, the sales revenue and added value of the partners will rise. 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
  1. Estonian Defence and Security Industry Cluster provides to its partners products and services that enhance their collaboration and successful internationalisation. The products and services are:

    • The cluster provides its partners with the crucial contact network. Estonian Defence Industry Association has a functional platform for collaboration with international partners and most significant holding organisations of the field.

    • The cluster helps its partners to create successful business relationships in target markets by providing an overview of the corresponding market, finding B2B partners, preparing business missions including VIP visits and meetings with end consumers.

    • The cluster supports its partners in participating in thematic conferences and fairs, including organization of joint visits to the events.

    • The cluster organizes bootcamps, where collaboration of partner companies and R&D institutions will be initiated for boosting the development of new innovative products.

    • The cluster consults its partners in product development in order to ensure the accordance of the product to the market needs and latest R&D possibilities.

    • The cluster also consults its partners in compiling of various funding applications (including national open calls, H2020 etc) and successful participation in international public procurement procedures. 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United Arab Emirates
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: 
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Cluster of Security and Defence of Latvia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)

Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i)