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The very first European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence

On behalf of the Clusters Team of the DG GROW, we would like to say

CONGRATULATIONS to the very first European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4X)!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the 13 European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4X) selected under the last call for proposals of the European Cluster Excellence Programme (COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02). The ESCP-4X partnerships gather 69 cluster organisations from 21 EU and COSME participating countries, congratulations to them!

The call attracted many applicants and we would like to thank them all for their interest and efforts made to develop proposals, knowing how much work there is behind every submission.

Through the programme, the ESCP-4X partnerships will have the opportunity not only to improve their competences and strategies for better serving their members (in particular SMEs) , but also to implement the ClusterXchange pilot scheme, the first edition ever!

ClusterXchange will offer cluster members the possibility to match with peers from other clusters, to visit each other in order to learn and exchange on the spot, in a real cluster environment, and to take advantage of growth opportunities emerging from collaboration (e.g. uptake of advanced technologies, development of joint projects, follow-up of a matchmaking event, etc.). One big novelty is that the scheme will be open to participants beyond the direct beneficiaries of the European Cluster Excellence Programme, as the purpose of the action is to reach out to a larger group of the cluster community.

The exchanges will be facilitated by ESCP-4X partners as they will accompany participants all along the process (matching, visiting and returning phases) as well as pay the financial contribution from the COSME programme to visiting organisations.

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (new phase) will provide the overarching IT tool and support office to the scheme.

The European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence partnerships are now visible in the COSME data hub and you can also find them here below, in alphabetical order.

We wish them every success in this exciting and important adventure!

The Clusters team of DG GROW

Partnership Acronym Partnership full Name Sector Partners Partnership Composition Country
BLUES Blue and Eco industries cluster exchange for induStrial modernisation Water, KETs, ecology 5 BalticNet-PlasmaTec e.V. DE
        Asoc. Cluster Urbano para el Uso Eficiente del Agua - ZINNAE ES
        Mazovia Cluster ICT PL
        Pôle Aqua-Valley FR
        Nanoprogress z.s. CZ
BRILLIANT Boosting excellence in the European lighting value chain Smart lighting, IoT, Furniture, Construction 7 European Lighting Cluster Alliance IT
        Cluster Lumière FR
        Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto Cluster IT
        CICAT Lighting Cluster ES
        Hungarian Open Innovation Cluster for Construction Industry HUN
        Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers CZ
        Cluster Arredo e Sistema Casa Srl Consortile IT
CE4BIG Cluster Excellence for Business, Innovation and Growth in the health sector Health, advanced therapies for personalised medicine 4 Atlanpole FR
        BIOM BIOTECH CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT GMBH DE
        BIOWIN ASBL BE
        Fundation Klaster LifeScience Krakow PL
CELIS Cluster excellence in Life Sciences – internationalisation of SMEs Emerging technologies, biotechnology, medtech, nanotech, biomarkers, market, personalised medicine 4 BioRN Cluster Management GmbH DE
        Smart Hub Flemish Brabant Health BE
        University of Copenhagen (Biopeople) DK
        Tartu Biotehnoloogia Park OÜ (Tartu Biotechnology Park) EE
CLAMTEX Cluster management towards excellence in Advanced Manufacturing and Textile Industry Advanced manufacturing, textile 5 Associació Agrupació d’Empreses Innovadores Tèxtils ES
        ASOCIACIÓN TEXTIL DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA ES
        Technological Centre for Textile and Clothing Industry of Portugal PT
        Pole EMC2 FR
        PRODUTECH – Associação para as Tecnologias de Produção Sustentável PT
EXTRATEX European TEXtile-TRAnsport-Sustainability paradigm for industrial clusters EXcellence in cross-sector innovation Textile, Transport 6 OTIR2020-Tuscany Fashion Cluster (NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE) IT
        FUNDACION PARA EL FOMENTO DEL SECTOR TEXTIL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA ES
        CLUTEX - KLASTR TECHNICKE TEXTILIE CZ
        MADRID CLUSTER AUTOMOCION ES
        SLOVENSKÝ PLASTIKÁRSKY KLASTER SK
        EU-VRI EUROPEAN VIRTUAL INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATED RISK MANAGEMENT DE
EXXTRA EXcellence EXchange and Teaming-up between RAilway clusters and ecosystems Railway 7 DITECFER Distretto per le Tecnologie Ferroviarie, l’Alta Velocità e la Sicurezza delle Reti S.c.ar.l. IT
        CENTER FOR SIKKERHEDSINDUSTRIEN I DANMARK DK
        BTS Bahntechnik Sachsen e.V. DE
        i-Trans - TRANSPORTS TERRESTRES PROMOTION FR
        MAFEX Asociación Ferroviaria Española ES
        Asociación Rail Grup ES
        Anadolu Raylı Ulaşım Sistemleri Kümelenmesi TR
RECiPE4Mobility Regrouping European Clusters in a Partnership of Excellence for Mobility Mobility, safe and sustainable urban mobility 5 MOV’EO FR
        ZONE CLUSTER NON PROFIT LTD. HUN
        E-MOBILITY CLUSTER REGENSBURG DE
        AUTOMOTIVENL NL
        MOBINOV PT
SAFE SMART FOOD SAFE SMART FOOD Packaging, foodservice, smart food, food tech, sustainability, smart mobility, digitalisation 5 ASSOCIACIÓ CLUSTER DEL PACKAGING ES
        ASSOCIACIÓ DEL CLUSTER FOODSERVICE DE CATALUNYA ES
        BUSINESS UPPER AUSTRIA GMBH/ BIZ-UP/Food Cluster AT
        LITHUANIAN FOOD EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION (LITMEA)/ SMART Food Cluster LT
        LATVIAN FEDERATION OF FOOD COMPANIES / Food Products quality Cluster LV
SMART4NZEB Strengthening clusters Management Activities and Running Trans-national for implementation of nearly Zero Energy Buildings Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), construction, energy efficiency and renewable energy 5 Asociatia Cluster pentru Promovarea Cladirilor cu Consum de Energie Aproape Egal cu Zero Pro nZEB RO
        Slovenski Gradbeni Grozd SI
        Polish Advisory and Consulting Association –
PSDiK
PL
        Centrum Badan I Innowacji Pro-Akademia STOWARZYSZENIE PL
        Dunder Udruzenje Gradana SR
SmartCTClusters Smart CiTies through smart Clustering striving for Excellence Smart City, Environment, ICT, Energy, Mobility 5 Asociación Clúster de Movilidad y Logística de Euskadi ES
        Associació Clúster Digital de Catalunya ES
        Fondazione Torino Wireless IT
        Electric Vehicles Industrial Cluster BG
        Netzwerk Energie & Umwelt e. V. DE
SMARTENERGY SMARTENERGY - Grow faster with energy clusters towards energy transition Energy, Digital technologies, 6 Environment Park - ENVIPARK IT
        Pôle de compétitivité Technologies Énergies nouvelles Énergies Renouvelables Rhône-Alpes, Drôme, Isère, Savoie - TENERRDIS FR
        SolarTech Nonprofit Kft - ARCHENERG HUN
        Flux50 BE
        Minalogic Partenaires FR
        Technologie Wallonne Energie - TWEED BE
SmartSports4GoodLife Smart and sustainable Sports Products and Services for the promotion of Healthy Lifestyles Sport, Digitalisation, Low Carbon Solutions, Sustainability, Tourism, Energy Efficiency 5 INDESCAT – Catalan Sports Cluster ES
        Sports and Technology NL
        EPSI – European Platform for Sport Innovation BE
        Cluster Montagne FR
        MSE CLUSTER Ltd. Hungarian Sport- and Lifestyle Development Cluster. HUN
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