India can be considered as a promising but also challenging destination for cooperation for European SMEs and cluster organisations. Although science and technology cooperation between the EU and India has been particularly strong in the past decade, cluster-specific cooperation projects have been slower to emerge.

India has been mentioned as a target country by 7 European clusters taking part in the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going international (ESCP-4i). These partnerships address the following sectorial topics: environmental industries and clean technologies; food packaging; IT based Smart City solutions; Transport.

Economic and political context and framework

India is the second largest country in the world with more than 1.21 billion inhabitants. GDP growth rate in India has increased in the past years from 5.6 % in 2012 to around 7.5 % between 2014 und 2016. In 2015, India was ranked 55th in terms of global competitiveness and among the top 50 countries in terms of being innovative.


Overall, India offers a dynamic economic and innovation environment and a large local market for European enterprises and research institutions. This is also reflected in the fact India is ranked as the 9th important trading partner of the European Union with a share of 2.2 % of EU’s overall trade with the world.Read less.

Cluster community in the country

The Cluster Observatory in India is a NGO run by the Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC), established in 2005. The Cluster Observatory lists more than 5,000 clusters on their website.

A number of clusters in India do have a formal structure. One Indian cluster received an ESCA label. A total of 29 Indian cluster profiles was available on the previous ECCP.

Cluster policies encouraging the development and internationalisation of clusters

The major institutions involved with cluster development initiatives in India include the Development Commissioner of the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), the National Innovation Council (NInC) of India, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), and the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India. Read more...

Cluster Development is seen as a strategic tool to develop India’s economy. Nevertheless, there is no recognizable, holistic approach for cluster policy in India. Many ministries have their own initiatives to support clusters in their own field. The most holistic approach is set by the Indian Government Development Commissioner Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME).

The National Innovation Council (NInC) of India also act to catalyse and facilitate creation of innovative clusters through Cluster Innovation Centres (CICs).Read less.

Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs

Cooperation between India and EU with regard to innovation and research has a long history, and was formally initiated with the signature of the EU-India Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2001, and which was renewed in 2007 and 2016.


The EU-India cooperation was implemented and supported through various initiatives in recent years, notably the INNO INDIGO project, the EU-India S&T Cooperation Portal, the India GATE, the BILAT EUINEC and the India SI House project. The most relevant technological subjects for cooperation projects were Scientific Research, Environmental Protection, Medicine and Health, Life Sciences, and Medical Biotechnology.

The “Roadmap for EU – India S&T cooperation” identifies the main sectors of cooperation for India and the EU. These are related to clean technologies, smart cities, health & food, bio-economy, nanotechnologies and advanced materials.Read less.


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Date Name Target Type
Wednesday, 18 November, 2020 - 10:30 India-Europe Digital Collaboration Networking Session Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking
Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 - 20:00 Secpho: Mumbai Photonics Dinner Large audience Matchmaking
Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 14:30 India - EU Clean Energy Days & Business Beyond Borders Matchmaking Large audience Conference, Matchmaking, Workshop
Thursday, 9 February, 2017 - 09:30 India Pharma 2017 Large audience Conference
Monday, 9 January, 2017 - 09:45 International Training Programme on SME “Cluster Development Executives (CDEs)” - with Fellowship Support (January 09 - February 17, 2017) Cluster managers, Cluster Policy Makers, SME Academy, Seminar
Friday, 30 September, 2016 - 08:15 Save the Date: India's National Competitiveness Forum & Porter Prize 2016 Cluster managers, Cluster Policy Makers, Large audience, SME Conference, Matchmaking
Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 09:45 One day workshop on protecting pharmaceutical & biotechnology inventions in Europe Large audience Workshop
Thursday, 4 September, 2014 - 09:45 1st Enterprise Europe Network - India Brokerage Event Cluster managers, Large audience Conference, Matchmaking
Monday, 13 October, 2014 - 09:30 How to protect and create value from intellectual property in India Large audience Webinar
Monday, 2 February, 2015 - 10:30 Seminar on 'Make in India' Cluster managers Seminar, Webinar



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ESCP-4i News


ESCP-4is targetting this country

Acronym Name Sector(s) Targeted third countries No. of SME involved No. of Partnerssort descending
DECISION DElivering Cluster International Strategies Into Overseas Networks Downstream Chemical Products

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWaste to energy - other
Canada, China, India, United States 320 2
FoodPackLab Photonics-Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation Food Processing and Manufacturing

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Packaging / Handling
India, South Africa 1232 5
FoodNet Food In Eco Network Transportation and Logistics

Algeria, Canada, China, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Turkmenistan, United States, Uzbekistan 362 5
PERES Partnership PERES-Promoting European Rail Excellence outSide EU Transportation and Logistics

India, United States 500 5
WIINTECH2020 Wiintech2020 Plastics

Brazil, India, Japan, United States 1000 6
ECCA European Circular Construction Alliance Construction Products and Services

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTConstruction TechnologyManagement of construction process & life
China, India, Mexico 400 6
DIA European Digital Industry Alliance Production Technology and Heavy Machinery

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronics, MicroelectronicsDigital Systems, Digital Representation
Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, United States 865 6
Global Cosmetics Cluster - Europe (Cosmetics4Wellbeing -C4W) Global Cosmetics Cluster - Europe Business Services

SOCIAL AND ECONOMICS CONCERNSTechnology, Society and Employment
India, Mexico, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United Arab Emirates, United States 1000 6
ESCT Go Global European SmartCityTech Go Global Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronics, MicroelectronicsDigital Systems, Digital Representation
India, Singapore, United States 3017 8
SmartCityTech Internationalisation of cross-domain Smart City Solutions powered by ICT (sensor systems, data processing platforms) Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronics, MicroelectronicsDigital Systems, Digital Representation
India, Singapore, United States 1000 9