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Stan Higgins

Cluster managers about ECCP

"At NEPIC we use the ECCP as part of our international marketing of our capabilities, but also to show the type of projects we get involved with - in order to find some partners and share good ideas."

Stan Higgins, North East England Process Industry Cluster (Nepic) - United Kingdom

Testimonial on the EU-US Matchmaking Event at Hannover Messe (April 2016) organized by ECCP

New: Watch the video of the EU-US cluster matchmaking event at Hannover Messe 2016 with testimonials from participating clusters



Testimonial on the EU-US Matchmaking Event at Hannover Messe (April 2016) organized by ECCP

EU-US matchmaking event

Andrea Golfieri, EASME; Christophe Guichard, DG Growth European Commission; Marc Pattinson, inno TSD, ECCP coordinator; Bryan Borlik, US Department of Commerce; Tshanda Kalombo, US Department of Commerce; Eva Fadil, inno TSD, ECCP project manager

 “The opportunity to meet with European clusters at the Hannover Messe generated huge interest from U.S. clusters and economic development organisations. Many of them told me that they really benefited from exchanging information and learning about European clusters in advanced manufacturing. The matchmaking event was well-organised which allowed the participants to focus on making contacts and establishing relationships.”

Tshanda Kalombo, Department of Commerce, US, co-organiser of the EU-US matchmaking event at Hannover Messe on 24-25 April 2016

Testimonial on the EU-US Matchmaking Event at Hannover Messe (April 2016) organized by ECCP

“This EU-US matchmaking event gave us, as cluster and also as one partner of an ESCP-4i, the chance to get in contact and to develop collaborations with other participating clusters and their business members from Europe and the USA. During these 2 days I had in total 16 very interesting and informative meetings and I am sure we will cooperate together with some of the European and also with the US clusters. For us, as a plasma technology cluster, the mixture of clusters from different fields like industrial automation, IT, water, energy and environmental technology, industrial supply, production engineering and services, as well as research and development were perfect. Furthermore, it was also very interesting to learn more about the US Economic Development Organisations and how they work and I am sure we will work very closely together with them in the near future. I would really like to say thank you to the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and the Enterprise Europe Network for the organisation of this fruitful event.”

Katherina Ulrich Project Manager at BalticNet-PlasmaTec and Project leader of the European Strategic Cluster Partnership – Going International (ESCP-4i) called AdPack - Future Materials and products for advanced smart packaging

Testimonial on the EU-US Matchmaking Event at Hannover Messe (April 2016) organized by ECCP

“You have done a great job! The matchmaking event was really interesting and also the profiling process on the ECCP web platform shows that you privilege a quality approach.”

- Bianca Muntean, iTECH TRANSYLVANIA CLUSTER by ARIES, Romania

Testimonial on the EU-US Matchmaking Event at Hannover Messe (April 2016) organized by ECCP

“The cluster matchmaking is very useful for us – we vote for such events!”
Smilja Krajinovic, VOJVODINA ICT CLUSTER, Serbia

Testimonial on the Taiwan 2016 Cluster Matchmaking Event, supported by ECCP

“The Cluster Matchmaking Event organised in the context of the European Innovation Week in Taiwan (May 30th – June 1st 2016) allowed GAIA to establish contacts with other clusters and business associations in the ICT and electronic sector. At the same time, we could gain insight into the trends of Industry 4.0 in Taiwan and also in European countries such as Germany and France. Furthermore, GAIA had the chance to present its projects and activities in the Basque Country, especially those being implemented in the scope of Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities.”

Cristina Murillo, Cluster Services Manager of GAIA - Association of Electronic and Information Technologies in the Basque Country

Testimonial on the Taiwan 2016 Cluster Matchmaking Event, supported by ECCP

“The seminars presented at the European Innovation Week explored a wide range of very interesting topics, focusing and capturing at any time the attention of the audience. The material provided during the event was useful to better follow the topics, as well as a starting point to be able to individually develop certain opportunities.
On top of all, this event has been a great opportunity to meet clusters and business persons and local companies. The event gave to all of us, I believe, a quite deep insight in the local economy, paving the way for future developments and contacts. The company visits were absolutely of interest and for sure gave us the flavour of the development spirit and the possibility to have direct contacts with high level management bodies, setting a first link which may open interesting perspectives for the future.
Last but not least, The European Innovation Week was very well organized in terms of contents, choice of hosting structures, as well as from the logistical standpoint. Outstanding support by the staff of TAITRA, ITRI, ECCT, BOFT and SPI (among others) has been of great help both in the pre-mission preparation phase (registration, profiling, meetings management planning) as well as during the whole week. Travel management has been of great help in optimizing the use of the time, always too short during these events. All my appreciation and thanks to all the persons who have been involved in this heavy organization work!”

Paolo Piccinelli, Cluster Network Development Manager of Fondazione Distretto Green & High Tech Monza Biranza

Testimonial on the Taiwan 2016 Cluster Matchmaking Event, supported by ECCP

 “We, the Bulgaria ICT Cluster, were part of the EU ICT Clusters Delegation to Taiwan at the European Innovation Week within Computex in Taipei. As part of this week, we had great one-on-one meetings and networking events, giving us the tremendous opportunity to initiate business cooperation with Taiwan. With the exceptional organization of the event, we very effectively met numerous Taiwanese companies and associations, as well as EU clusters with which we can intensify or initiate collaboration as organizations, but also for our member companies. We believe these type of activities are excellent opportunities for small clusters such as ours, giving us an efficient and cost effective way to help our IT SMEs open up new markets. We believe these types of initiatives should be replicated and increased as they are very interesting and useful.”

- Filip Stoyanovich, Founding Board Member of the Bulgarian ICT Cluster

Mission to support ECCP and ESCP-4I

The new cluster collaboration Platform promises to be a very interesting and useful tool for the day-to-day work of a cluster manager. It will help us to present our products and services and companies...

Christiane Egger, Oekoenergie-Cluster, AUSTRIA



"Business today in globally connected industrial economies is all about relationships; so being able to demonstrate our relationship with complementary expertise across Europe is a crucial ingredient."

Jonathan Williams, Marine South East - United Kingdom