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European Cleantech Internationalization Initiative
ESCP-4i Status: 
Implementation Phase - Strand2
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Partnership duration
24 months
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Targeted third countries
United States

The European Cleantech Internationalisation Initiative (EC2i) integrates the goals and strategies of five leading European cleantech clusters:

  • Green Tech Cluster (Austria)
  • Tweed (Belgium)
  • CLEAN (Denmark)
  • Tenerrdis (France)
  • Sustainable Business Hub (Sweden)

The main objectives of this initiative are : 

- To stimulate internationalisation of innovative European SMEs into large and dynamic cleantech markets with high growth potential  (the United States and China).

- To capitalise on strong common identity and shared vision of opportunities founded on extensive past cooperation by collaborating in the development of value chains spanning all five clusters, enabling them to take a leading global position in the cleantech space. 

- To establish and develop strategic partnerships with stakeholders in the target markets, identify local market opportunities, raise the profiles of European SMEs, and pursue opportunities for collaborative business development.

Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology Fields: 
PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENTEnvironmentClean Production / Green Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
Sustainable innovationEco-innovations
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries

The following value-chain-based key areas have been defined according to the areas of strength of the SMEs represented in the project consortium and according to current business opportunities within environmental technologies and digitalisation:

  • Smart City & Digitalisation
  • Green Energy, Energy Efficiency & Smart Grids
  • Waste Management & Recycling
  • Resource Management (Water&Air&Soil-Management)
Partnership planned events: 
Target GroupTypeEstimated DateCountryCity
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
05-2018 and 06-2019
United States
New York
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Matchmaking Event
11-2018 and 11-2019
Partnership other activities: 

In addition to the 4 matchmaking missions, SMEs will have the possibility to participate in capacity building webinars and workshops to prepare for the target countries. Meet the Buyer events will also be organised to connect SMEs with larger corporates searching for sustainable solutions to specific problems.  

The Consortium’s internationalisation strategy is composed of two interdependent parts:

-  Develop strategic partnerships in the target countries. Partners in the United States and China will act as bridge builders helping SMEs integrate themselves into local networks, gather intelligence, and help source demand for solutions. Matchmaking missions will be organised to arrange meetings between project owners and solutions suppliers as well as potential local partners.

-  Support the SMEs internationalisation strategy. To meet the market demand in third countries and deliver integrated, global solutions, SMEs must tap into complex value chains and work in partnerships. The consortium will develop tools to help SMEs enter those new markets, guide them in forming cross-sectoral, multinational consortia along value chains to deliver integrated products and services.

Stay tuned and follow our missions to China and the US at @EC2i and on our LinkedIn

Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 
Green Tech Cluster
Sustainable Business Hub
International Cleantech Network
United States
Urban Future Lab

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
TENERRDIS Electric Power Generation and Transmission

Hydropower, Photovoltaics

Aeronautics & spaceBio fuels & energy efficiency, Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources

Environmental Industries, Mobility Technologies
France Rhône-Alpes 230 180
Green Tech Cluster Styria Environmental Services

Energy management, Smart grids

Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources, ServicesOther professional, scientific & technical activities

Digital Industries, Environmental Industries
Austria Steiermark 186 179
Sustainable Business Hub Environmental Services

Biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD), Energy management

Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources, Water supply, sewerage, waste management & remediation activitiesWaste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities

Environmental Industries
Sweden Sydsverige 60 33
TWEED Environmental Services

Photovoltaics, Solid biomass

Energy production & distribution:Energy distribution, Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources
Belgium Prov. Liège 120 80
CLEAN Environmental Services

Energy management, Recycling, Recovery

Sustainable innovationResource efficiency, Sustainable innovationWaste management

Environmental Industries, Mobility Technologies
Denmark Hovedstaden 166 96