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Clusters waving the flag to the internationalisation of European SMEs taking advantage of the cross-sectoral dimension of Earth observation for Blue Growth market
ESCP-4i Status: 
Preparation Phase - Strand1
Start of Partnership: 
Previous initiatives: 
ESCP Pilots 2013: 
SeaMICI (voluntary partnership)
ESCP-4i Charter: 
Partnership duration
15 months
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Targeted third countries
South Africa
United Arab Emirates

The high-level objectives of SpaceWave are:

  1. To study the international markets of downstream EO in Blue Growth.
  2. To identify European and international stakeholders and analyse the related value chains.
  3. To draft an internationalization plan in order to reach Europe’s full potential in downstream Earth Observation in Blue growth.
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology Fields: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSTelecommunications, NetworkingSatellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics & spaceSpace
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Partnership planned events: 
Target GroupTypeEstimated DateCountryCity
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
S1 2018
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
S1 2018
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
S1 2018
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
S1 2018
United Kingdom
Partnership other activities: 

The SpaceWave consortium plans to study the international markets and trends in the Blue Growth Economy in particular: explore Blue Growth market trends; extract, within these trends, sectoral challenges where Earth observation data could provide value-added solutions for Blue Growth; identify the current and future commercial and technological potential of Earth Observation technologies in selected sectoral challenges and define the most promising; and identify clusters and business network in targeted countries. The SpaceWave consortium will then define a portfolio of value chains that can serve the priority markets identified previously. These will be used in two ways: first to identify key EO assets and capabilities that form part of these value chains; and second to identify key users and actors that should be targeted in the implementation. The SpaceWave partners will then develop a Partnership Agreement, an Internationalisation Strategy Plan and an Implementation Roadmap. Finally, it is planned to organise the communication and dissemination strategy of the project. This will be done through the setting up of branding and marketing tools along with the selection of stakeholders (private business entities, associations, public authorities, etc.) that will be informed about the SpaceWave project and its results.

The SpaceWave project specifically aims at:

  • Defining the thematic areas that may poses greater potential for Earth Observation application in particular taking advantage of the Copernicus Marine Environment Service (CMEMS). The international market trends of Blue Growth will be examined to position targeted applications.
  • Defining the targeted countries that may poses greater potential for Earth Observation, in particular CMEMS and Blue Growth services and applications based on their commercial potential and already existing business connections of Space/Blue growth clusters with international actors, in the targeted countries.
  • Identifying the actors (earth observation based solutions providers and blue growth end-users) that will be involved in the development of the diversification strategies.
  • Selecting a number of space actors coupled with blue growth end-users for the implementation of the strategies.
  • Assessing the export potential, for the selected space actors, based on the long-term plans and internal capabilities to perform exports.
  • Finding the complementarities to allow complete offers (i.e. consolidated value chains). Indeed, to deliver an EO service, some technical partnerships between EO and blue growth actors may be necessary before targeting any commercial agreements.
  • Building a roadmap for mid-term actions to be undertaken in the internationalisation plan. Existing international connections will be cultivated, acting as springboards for European space actors’ internationalisation.
  • Strengthening the action of the SpaceWave ESCP with the creation of a partnership agreement that will give a legal frame to the follow-ups.
  • Collaborating with other actions dealing with SMEs business deployment.
  • Identifying and initiating contacts with other European clusters in EO and Blue Growth sectors that could be interested in enlarging the SpaceWave community in the implementation phase of SpaceWave joint internationalization strategy.

Thus, SpaceWave will constitute a pilot for the acceleration of EO for Blue Growth, in particular for the CMEMS, which can be replicated at a larger scale to include other European clusters and their members, notably SMEs users of CMEMS.

Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 
Mercator Océan

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Aerospace Vehicles and Defence, Education and Knowledge Creation

Aircraft, Propulsion

Aeronautics & spaceAeronautics, Aeronautics & spaceRemotely piloted aircrafts

Blue Growth Industries, Environmental Industries
Italy Puglia 18 5
Marine South East Ltd Electric Power Generation and Transmission, Environmental Services

Marine Science, Wind energy

Blue growthAquaculture, Blue growthBlue renewable energy

Blue Growth Industries, Environmental Industries
United Kingdom Hampshire and Isle of Wight 1800 1700
Pôle Mer Méditerranée - Business & Innovation Sea Cluster Business Services

Marine Science, Wind energy

Blue growthAquaculture, Blue growthBlue renewable energy

Blue Growth Industries
France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 446 221
Aerospace Valley Aerospace Vehicles and Defence, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems, Aeronautical technology / Avionics

Aeronautics & spaceTransport & logistics, KETSAdvanced materials

Blue Growth Industries, Mobility Technologies
France Midi-Pyrénées 869 575