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Groen Licht Vlaanderen

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 1 October, 2004
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
ELCA
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Catherine
Lootens
Cluster Manager
+3292658713
info@groenlichtvlaanderen.be
Peter
Bracke
Cluster Manager
+3292658713
info@groenlichtvlaanderen.be
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Technology fields: 
Internet of Things
Lighting, illumination
S3 EU priority areas: 
Photonics
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
76
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
9
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Light&Lighting Laboratory
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Groen Licht Vlaanderen is a non-profit association with the aim to generate substantial growth in smart & connected lighting systems. This will further improve energy-efficiency of lighting solutions and add societal benefits.

 

Groen Licht Vlaanderen promotes and facilitates collaboration on innovative smart & connected lighting systems amongst its members, which include lighting manufactures, IoT and ICT companies, technology and component suppliers and knowledge centres. The cluster aims to make the market more receptive to these lighting system innovations, amongst others by innovative business models and targeted promotion.

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.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Support of knowledge transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Colombia
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Netherlands
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 ProgrammesProject NameLink
FP7

Project "SSL-ERATE" (2013-2016) : is a 3-year FP7 coordination project that aims to accelerate the uptake of high-quality Solid State Lighting (SSL) technology in Europe by supporting open innovation and bringing validated information to all relevant stakeholders. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 619249. 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Promotion Event Sustainable Lighting: The cluster organizes yearly a conference with exhibition to promote advances in lighting, to share knowledge and to facilitate networking.

LED Event 2015 (Netherlands - Belgium): The cluster promoted its activities with a booth and guest presentations at the yearly exhibition with conference. It assisted in organizing the 1st Belgian edition.

LED Expo Benelux 2015 (Netherlands): The cluster promoted its activities with a booth and guest presentations at the yearly exhibition with conference.

ForumLED 2015 (France): The cluster promoted its activities to facilitate lighting innovation by a guest presentation in an ELCA session.

The cluster is also present with a booth and/or presentations on many Belgian events.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Groen Licht Vlaanderen is a well established and recognized cluster (>10 years). It brings together and succesfully creates interaction, collaboration and knowledge sharing between authorities, academia, industry and users (quadruple helix).

One cluster manager has a career long experience in international cross-company R&D collaboration, open innovation, innovation management and cooperation management.