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Interested in clusters? The European Cluster Collaboration Platform is the one-stop-shop for international cluster cooperation.

Posted on: 14.06.2018

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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 management, but its rich content is useful for both the SME cluster members and for the cluster policy makers at regional, national or international level.

Since its launch in 2016, we look at a growing cluster community developed with the help of ECCP and this is probably the greatest achievement. European cluster organisations and other interested cluster stakeholders need a space to present themselves, to pro-actively share and exchange information about their activities, to learn about collaboration opportunities. The platform is rich in content (and daily growing) and the more than 800 profiled cluster organisations, 1000 news items, 800 events, 140 calls for proposals, 40 cluster networks and associations, 40 EU-funded cluster projects and the special community of the 48 European Strategic Cluster Partnerships Going Internationalmust be some good reasons to attract around 11.000 monthly visitors on the website. But this is just content-wise. What really matters in a community are the people, their interaction that leads to more collaboration, in the case of cluster organisations for the benefit of their SMEs. We are proud that the ECCP matchmaking events managed to bring together more than 300 participants from Europe and 140 from beyond Europe in almost 2200 bilateral meetings leading to more than 400 cluster cooperation agreements/partnerships initiated or already established. 

How can you become involved and benefit ECCP? Simply:

  • profile your cluster organisation and make it visible on the map while promoting your activities as well,
  • find partners and be found as a partner for collaboration
  • participate at ECCP matchmaking events
  • learn about or profile a cluster-related project you are part of that is funded by other European programmes
  • subscribe to the Weekly Digest and Newsletter to stay updated with the latest news, events, and calls for proposals.

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

For contact: please write an email to [email protected]