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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Castilla y León
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Bond Spain Cluster
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Covenant on Demographic Change
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Cristina
González
Cluster Manager
603654092
gerencia@clustersivi.org
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Appliances
Communications Equipment and Services
Technology fields: 
Health information management
Remote diagnostics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Residential care activities
Ageing societies
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
50
Number of SME members: 
22
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
16
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
1. INSTITUTO DE COMPETITIVIDAD EMPRESARIAL (ICE)
2. GERENCIA REGIONAL DE SERVICIOS SOCIALES DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN
3. FUNDACION CARTIF
Technology Center
4. FUNDACIÓN GENERAL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE LEÓN Y DE LA EMPRESA - FGULEM
University
5. FUNDACIÓN DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID -FUNGE
University
6. INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN- ITCL
Technology Center
7. UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS
University
8. UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
University
9. UNIVERSIDAD EUROPEA MIGUEL DE CERVANTES -UEMC
University
10. ALZHEIMER LEÓN
SME
11. FUNDACIÓN ONCE
Larger Company
12. FUNDACIÓN ASPAYM Castilla y León
Research Organisation
13. CRUZ ROJA ESPAÑOLA
Research Organisation
14. FUNDACION INTRAS
Research Organisation
15. FUNDAMAY PARA LA TUTELA DE LAS PERSONAS MAYORES
Research Organisation
16. FUNDACIÓN PERSONAS
Research Organisation
17. ASPRODES Salamanca
Research Organisation
18. 3AS EMPLEO EN EL MEDIO RURAL
Research Organisation
19. FUNDACIÓN SAN CEBRIÁN
Research Organisation
20. PRONISA
Research Organisation
21. ARTMO BENE
SME
22. ATENZIA
Larger Company
23. 1A CONSULTORES
SME
24. GARRESILBEMAR
SME
25. RAICES 57
SME
26. LÍNEA SOCIAL SERVICIOS INTEGRALES DE AYUDA Y ATENCIÓN S.L.
SME
27. RESIDENCIA NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS SANTOS
SME
28. RESIDENCIA JARDÍN NUESTRA SRA MARÍA AUXILIADORA
SME
29. RESIDENCIAS PITARQUE
SME
30. RESIDENCIA DE MAYORES EL CASTILLO
SME
31. ARCOBRIGA STILO
SME
32. RESIDENCIA DE MAYORES VILLA DEL TRATADO
SME
33. CASTA AREVALO
SME
34. CENTRO ASISTENCIAL SAN TORCUATO
SME
35. CENTRO GERONTOLÓGICO LACORT
SME
36. ADI & ALU INT S.L.U.
SME
37. RESIDENCIASL NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LAS VIÑAS
SME
38. Centro de Observación y Teledetección Espacial, COTESA
SME
39. CONNECTIS ICT
Larger Company
40. CSA
SME
41. DIVISA IT
SME
42. GMV Soluciones Globales Internet
Larger Company
43. IDES
SME
44. TELEFÓNICA
Larger Company
45. BiodataDevices
SME
46. ASPACE Salamanca
47. HOSPITAL CLINICO UNIVERSITARIO DE VALLADOLID
48. RESIDENCIA 3ª ACT-FUNDACIÓN SANTA MARÍA LA REAL PATRIMONIO HISTÓRICO
49. GERENCIA REGIONAL DE SALUD DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN (SACYL)
50. ARALIA SERVICIOS SOCIOSANITARIOS
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The SIVI cluster is an innovative strategic group of synergic nature, made up of institutions representing the different links of the value chain. It is active in the domain of integrated care service provision to people in dependency situations as well as to their families and care provision surrounding:

•Public administration

•Technology centres and universities

•Technology-based companies
 
•Service providers and organisations representing users
 
Its VISION is to improve the quality of life of people in dependency situations by means of applying innovative solutions with a strong technological component.
Its MISSION is to boost and promote the competitiveness of the innovative solutions for the independent living sector.
 
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
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SERVICES ACCESS TO SPECIALISED AND CENTRALISED INFORMATION ON INDEPENDENT LIVING (OBSERVATORY) WEB AND SOCIAL NETWORKS REGULAR INFOFLASHES QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER TECHNOLOGY WATCH AND BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE PLATFORM ALERTS EXTERNAL COMMUNICATION SERVICES PRESENCE IN CLUSTER WEB, NEWSLETTER, LEAFLET AND INSTITUTIONAL PRESENTATION INCLUSION IN PRODUCT AND SERVICE CATALOGUE INCLUSION IN TRAINING OFFER CATALOGUEADVISORY SERVICES INTERMEDIATION AND REPRESENTATION BEFORE FINANCING BODIES AND NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONS INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING FOR IDENTIFYING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS ADVISORY SERVICES ON SPECIALISED EVENT ORGANISATION AND KEY SPEAKER IDENTIFICATION CONSULTING SERVICES ON PROPOSAL WRITING FOR R&D&I NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN CALLS AND CONSORTIUM CONFORMATION ASSISTANCE (IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FELLOW EXPERT CLUSTER MEMBERS)COOPERATIVE SERVICES WORKING GROUPS AND EVENT PLATFORM: NETWORKING AMONG FELLOW LINKS OF THE CLUSTER VALUE CHAIN MODEL KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AMONG BUSINESS FABRIC, UNIVERSTIES AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRES CUSTOMISED ANALYSIS TO UNDERTAKE IT SOLUTION PILOTING IN HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND CYL DIGITAL SPACES IN CASTILLA Y LEON IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIALISED STAFF AND TRAINEES

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Japan
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

The SIVI cluster was closely linked to the INNOVAGE Project (INTERREG IVC, 2011-2014). The main objective of the project was supporting elders in extending independent living at home by increasing their autonomy and promoting the emergence of innovative, technology-based developments. The SIVI cluster is the tangible result of the pilot action undertaken by the project partners INTRAS Foundation and the Regional Government’s Social Services Board (currently SIVI cluster’s founding members).  The SIVI cluster has taken part as stakeholder in all of the mentoring actions organized within the scope of the Project. The cluster has been recognized by the jury of project mentors as the second best pilot action developed within the INNOVAGE INTERREG IVc Project (October 2014).

On the other hand, SIVI is currently taking part of the consortium of ESPACIO T3 Project by which collaboration with Portugal has been established. The project scope is to establish a transboundary space to create an stable university-business collaboration as a basis for creating quality employment and promoting both the suistanaible growth of the two regions involved: northern region of Portugal and Castilla y León, and the transfer of university-business knowledge.

Last but not least,  the intercluster collaborative project  "Age Friendly Environments", carried out by SIVI and AEICE clusters was awarded the First Place in Collaborative Prizes 2017 by the National Cluster´s Congress (awarding body: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) 

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
AEICE (Europe)
BIOTECYL (Europe)
CLUSTER 4EYE (Europe)
ARAHEALTH (Europe)
BIOGA (Europe)
SAÚDE DE GALICIA (Europe)
CLUSTER DE SALUT MENTAL DE CATALUNYA (Europe)
TICBIOMED (Europe)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

ESPACIO T3 Project (INTERREG VA, 2014-2020)

Since 2014 the SIVI Cluster is listed in the regional and national registries of Innovative Business Groups. The inclusion in such registries allow the cluster to apply for annually launched calls in support of cluster projects (cooperation among cluster members and between clusters themselves). The cluster has so far been awarded 7 regionally funded projects (2 in 2014, 3 in 2015 and 2 in 2016 - awarding body: Industry Directorate General, Castilla y Leon Regional Board) and 5 nationally funded projects (3 in 2015 and 2 in 2017 - awarding body: Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism)

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The cluster “Innovative Solutions for Independent Living” (SIVI cluster) was founded in April 2013. It is made up of a wide array of stakeholders representing the assistive ecosystem, in which companies and organizations from both the technology-based as well as the assistive spheres are deeply interrelated and represent the various links in the business of integrated care delivery.

Among the typical activities of the above-mentioned sector, the SIVI cluster is mainly devoted to promote the autonomy of dependent citizens, these including those with physical and/or mental impairments, chronic patients and the elderly. The main goal pursued by the SIVI cluster is to enhance the quantity and quality of assistive products and services delivered, thus merging social services with healthcare provision, since the border between them is often diluted. The main tools promoted by the SIVI cluster in this quest are mainly research and innovation.

Since its early stages, the SIVI cluster has been conceived as a business cluster with a strong social component the scope of which extends throughout the Castilla y Leon region in Spain. Bearing in mind the Castilla y León region is amongst the largest regions across Europe, the most depopulated and over-aged in Spain and the third most over-aged in what was the EU-27 (according to EUROSTAT 2012), it appears evident that the SIVI cluster is a vital instrument for confronting a number of social challenges in the area of independent living as well as active and healthy ageing in its region of origin, thus responding to a strong public-private partnership model.  The SIVI cluster is therefore positioned as an instrumental structure for intersectoral cooperation through member’s innovation that promotes synergies beyond member’s individual resources.

The SIVI cluster is currently backed by 50 organizations representing the regional business tissue, regional universities, technology and research centers, healthcare and social service providers and public administrations, gathering the entire business value chain in the integrated care delivery under one roof.

In order to embark into and undertake the various activities suggested in the cluster’s strategic plan, members regularly gather around three working groups, namely: 

1. Age Friendly 

2. Training 

3. Socio-health-care services and products 

In order to organise the SIVI cluster’s strategic activities, the association counts on the support of a Consultive Board (Pablo Sanchez Perez as President of the Cluster), made up of the eight members from the cluster’s Board of Directors together with the cluster’s institutional members, which are the Regional Government’s Social Services Board, the Regional Government´s Health Board and the Regional Government’s Business Competitiveness Institute.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Castilla y León is not only the most overaged region in Spain but also the third most overaged in the European Union (acccording to EURSOSTAT, 2012). Such ranking positions the cluster amongst the most important test beds for innovative solutions to promote an active and healthy ageing while also combating the perverse effects of demographic change at the micro and macro levels.

The SIVI cluster is also the first regional cluster in Spain primarily targeting Independent Living and Active and Healthy Ageing, representing a strong public-private partnership involving 50 organizations, gathering under one roof privately held companies, universities, technology centers, end-user organizations and public administration. SIVI partners have acquired wide expertise in the design & development of technological solutions, provision of innovative care services, and participation in pilot studies regarding active and healthy ageing, mental health and independent living.

The SIVI cluster has acquired a wealth of solutions and cooperation experiences built on synergies among different organisations that respectively represent the variopus links in the entire value chain of the sector.