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INDESCAT- Catalan Sports Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 19 April, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Cataluña
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
AEI (Ministry of Industria, Energy and Tourism) and Catalonia Clusters
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Alex
Rivera
Cluster Manager
+34671540740
arivera@indescat.org
Cristina
Naches
ECCP Responsible Person
+34932973944
cnaches@indescat.org
Montse
Centellas
Internationalisation Responsible
+34932973944
mcentellas@indescat.org
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Sports and Leisure
S3 EU priority areas: 
Sports activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Experience Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Sports Events, Sports facilities and Sports products and services.
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
74
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of larger company members: 
6
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
11
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
FLUIDRA
Larger Company
BIOIBERICA
Larger Company
BUFF
SME
EUROFITNESS
Larger Company
ALESPORT
SME
SALTER
SME
LLOP GESTIÓ DE L'ESPORT
Larger Company
UPF-BARCELONA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
University
ROYALVERD
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

INDESCAT is the Catalan Sports Industry Cluster, a private entity led by companies, which was born in 2010 as a result of a strategic analysis on the Catalan sports sector driven by the "Sports General Secretary" of the Catalan Autonomous Government. The cluster’s mission is to bring together companies and research centres related to the world of sport, with the main objective of developing actions that improve companies’ competitiveness, encouraging the development of innovative products and services.  INDESCAT means "Industry + Sport + Catalonia". INDESCAT has 74 members, whose turnover is over 1,200 million €. INDESCAT represents the whole sports industry in Catalonia, which is grouped into three major segments: sports products and services, sports facilities and sports events.   

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

The portfolio of services is divided into 6 strategic areas:

  1. Innovation: thematic work groups (energy efficiency, tourism, nutrition, childhood, health, IT, innovation, outdoor sports, biking, water sports, motorsports, etc.), innovation projects (R & D or business model), partners search, market research, individual innovation services for companies, RIS3CAT strategy.
  2. Training: INDESCAT Knowledge and Learning program (internationalisation strategies, e-commerce, digital marketing, digital and mobile technologies, alternative financing, etc.), collaboration agreements with different universities (UPF, UB, INEFC), internship agreements and job bank.
  3. Business Club and Entrepreneurship: Business and Sports Awards, business lunchs, individual meeting with entrepreneurs, programs to support entrepreneurship and new business models (InnoEmprèn and Start-up Catalonia), conferences to promote new initiatives, meetings between enterpreneurs and investors, etc.
  4. Internationalization: internationalisation projects (EU4SportsClusters Alliance), joint international missions together with other European clusters, visit to international sports fairs, individual services for companies (elaboration and implementation of internationalisation strategies plans), export groups management to attract new markets, annual benchmarking trips to other sports clusters, market research, international partners search (EPSI and EEN).
  5. Visibility: best practices and sectorial studies, international positioning of Barcelona and Catalonia and visibility of the sports industry.
  6. Networking: permanent work groups and conferences on specific topics, business lunchs and meetings, fairs, collaboration agreements, etc.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Japan
Mexico
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: 
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Russian Federation
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Sports & Technology
Flanders Bike Valley
Cluster Montagne
Sporaltec
Other EPSI members
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME

EU4SportsClusters Alliance  

  • AEI (Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) - Spanish Government.
  • IRC: Funded Support programes to support the cluster competitiveness  - Catalan Autonomous Government.
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 
  • The sports practitioner study. Study co-funded by ACCIÓ and 14 sports companies based on a new approach to analyse the different profiles of sports practitioners. As the sports industry is consumer-oriented, having a deep knowledge of the sports practitioner is mandatory to develop new products and services. Any innovation should be closer to the market and the consumer needs. That is the reason why INDESCAT is developing a platform that will be the first sports consumer panel in Spain.
  •  “Best practices in internationalization for clusters”. Conclusions of the EU4SportsClusters project, a project co-funded by the European Commission and led by the Catalan Competitiveness Agency ACCIÓ, which has the participation of three European sports cluster organisations: INDESCAT from Spain, INNOSportNL from the Netherlands and SPORALTEC from France. The developed and tested internationalization methodology through clusters has been proven as one of the best methodologies for joint internationalization in terms of satisfaction and results. Following this methodology, two pilot missions were organised to Brazil and Russia, which enabled the participant companies to reach 5 commercial agreements.
  • “The Sports Sector in Barcelona and Catalonia”. Publication that brings together ten reasons why Barcelona is the world sports capital with the main objective of fostering its visibility and international positioning within the sports industry.
  • Support to the creation of the Barcelona Global Sport Management brand, a multidisciplinary team integrated by companies with a wide experience in the world of sports facilities that offer all kinds of sports and wellness turnkey solutions.
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

To develop actions linked to the sports world to improve companies competitiveness through the creation of innovative products and services.