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De Blauwe Cluster vzw

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Prov. West-Vlaanderen
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Overmeire
Ann
ECCP Responsible Person
+32 59 26 75 15
ann.overmeire@blauwecluster.be
Female
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Aquaculture
Wind energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aquaculture
Blue renewable energy
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
ecosystem based coastal defense systems
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
121
Number of SME members: 
94
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
15
Number of larger company members: 
8
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
10
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
9
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
DEME
Larger Company
Jan De Nul
Larger Company
Flanders Marine Institute
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Blue Cluster is a Flemish organisation aimed at developing and promoting economic activities linked to the sea. It groups private companies who believe that cross-sector partnerships and cooperation with knowledge centres and government institutions will lead to innovative projects and investments in the Belgian North Sea and beyond, as anticipated solutions for several global challenges. The Blue Cluster is recognized as spearhead cluster by VLAIO. This means that sustainable innovation-driven growth at sea is structured and supported by both companies and government, in order to create new value chains, open up export markets and improve the competitiveness of the companies involved.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
China
Japan
Taiwan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Denmark
France
Germany
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
WAB, Germany
Energy Innovation Cluster, Denmark
NNOW, The Netherlands
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

See above

ZEETEX: Interreg France-Wallonie-Flanders project (2012-2014)

Zeetex was a partnership between 2 clusters from Belgium and 2 clusters from France in order to develop and promote innovative textile applications in the marine/maritime sector.

ENERGETIC ALGAE: Interreg IVB North West Europe project (2011-2015)

EnAlgae was a four-year Strategic Initiative bringing together 19 partners and 14 observers across 7 EU Member States with the aim of developing sustainable technologies for algal biomass production.

AQUA-VALUE (2014-2015): project funded under the Flemish new industrial policy program. 11 partners from industry and academia developped a roadmap for integrated aquaculture for Flanders

Inn2POWER :  Interreg North Sea Region project (2016-2020)

 Innovation to support offshore wind energy regions