Achievements of the first generation of ESCP-4i

The first generation of 15 co-funded and 10 voluntary European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Going International (ESCP-4i) involving about 150 cluster organisations across 23 European countries have developed and implemented joint strategies to support SME internationalisation towards third countries (2016-2017).

The overall achievements prove the success of these partnerships: over a 24 months period,

  • 2000 European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been involved in activities targeting international third-markets generating 85 concrete business cooperation cases with international partners
  • 370 Cluster-to-Cluster events and
  • 3010 Business-to-Business events have been conducted,
  • whilst 39 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and
  • 45 collaboration projects implemented between EU clusters and international peer organisations

Each ESCP-4i developed a series of joint actions for their members (i.e. business missions, cooperation agreements, gateway services, export consortia, etc.) strengthening European SMEs access to specific third markets and putting in motion a long-term cooperation agenda with strategic partners in third countries.


Click here to see the table of stakeholders involved in partnerships activities
Cluster cooperation cases: phase 1 and phase 2
Country Collaboration project Formal agreements (e.g. MoUs) Representation office/ role appointed by the consortium Other Total per country
Australia 1 1     2
Brazil 1 6 1   8
Canada 2 4 2 1 9
Chile 1 2     3
China 7 10 1   18
Colombia 4 1 1   6
Japan 4 2 2 1 9
Mexico 4 3 1   8
North Africa 2       2
Peru 1 1     2
Philippines 5       5
South Korea   1     1
Taiwan 4 2 6   12
United Arab Emirates 1 1   2
United-States 9 5 2   16
TOTAL 45 39 17 2 103

Cooperation cases led by SMEs: phase 1 and phase 2
Country Business project Innovation test Visit Total per country
Australia 1     1
Brazil 7 2   9
Canada 2     2
Chile 5     5
China 14   4 18
Colombia 4     4
Japan 8     8
Mexico 8     8
Morocco  2     2
Peru  1     1
Philippines 4     4
South Korea 1     1
Taiwan 4   4 8
United Arab Emirates 3     3
United-States 10   1 11
TOTAL 74 2 9 85

USA vs China - SME-led cooperation cases by objective (phase 2)
Cooperation Objective / Country R&D Exports Sales office Joint Venture Soft landing Joint business events Knowledge sharing Other: promotion of tourism in EU Other: consulting services TOTAL of cases (in numbers)
USA 16% 47%       5% 11% 11% 11% 19
China 11% 33% 6% 11% 17% 17% 6%     18

An overview of the achievements of each partnership can be found below. This includes details on a series of new tools and innovative collaboration methods for enhancing SMEs internationalisation activities that could help inspire other cluster organisations.

 

Strand 2 - Implementation Phase

bioXclusters plus

EACP ABROAD

EU4SPORTSCLUSTERSALL

NATUREEF REINA PLUS

Silicon Europe Worldwide


Strand 1 - Preparation Phase

AdPack ECCA EnW

LASER-GO

MobiGoIn

MOVE

New Frontier in Food

SPACE2ID

Voluntary Partnership

WIINTECH2020

 

The ESCP-4i represent a wide panel of sectors and have succeeded in establishing contacts in various international countries, with the United States of America, Brazil and Mexico having been considered the most attractive markets for their SME members. The table below provides an overview of events organised in the different countries:

Country

Number of events

United States of America

29

Brazil

18

Mexico

15

Japan

13

Canada

11

Peru

9

China - Morocco - Colombia - Taiwan, each

6

Iran – Singapore – Philippines – Chile – United Arab Emirates, each

3

Australia – South Africa, each

2

South Korea – India – Malaysia – Tunisia – Norway – Turkey, each

1