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European Cluster Collaboration Platform

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The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) is an action of the Cluster Internationalisation Programme for SMEs funded under COSME launched by DG GROW of the European Commission in 2016.

At the service of cluster organisations, with a unique offer of cluster news, matchmaking events and tools supporting collaboration, the ECCP is considered a leading hub for facilitating cluster collaboration at European and global level. It fosters such cooperation by facilitating connections between clusters from Europe and beyond and helping their SMEs to access third markets and find strategic partners in global value chains. ECCP gathers more than 800 cluster organisations and with an average of 100 SMEs per cluster it can reach out to about 80 000 SMEs across Europe.

What are the main services provided by the ECCP?

The ECCP provides networking and information support for clusters and their members aiming to improve their performance and increase their competitiveness through trans-national and international cooperation.

The services include:

  • a dynamic mapping of more than 800 profiled cluster organisations worldwide
  • the largest information hub for clusters offering latest news/events/open calls to a broad community
  • matchmaking events supporting the development of cooperation between clusters in Europe and beyond
  • a unique database on regional, national, international and sectoral cluster networks
  • detailed information on the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships
  • a “partner search” facility, where cluster organisations can exchange their offers and demands
  • dedicated pages supporting international cooperation including profiles of selected countries of strategic interest and related European international support services
  • a unique database of profiled cluster-related projects developed under various European programmes.

The ECCP addresses primarily the needs of cluster managements, but its rich content is useful for both the SME cluster members and for the cluster policy makers at regional, national or international level.

You can discover more about the ECCP on www.clustercollaboration.eu  or by following us on Twitter @Clusters_EU and on LinkedIn.