Boosting the internationalisation of 3.100 European SMEs by four European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i)

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 18 March 2019

European Cleantech Internationalization Initiative - EC2iMobility Goes International-in Action – MobiGoIn - ActionEuropean Strategic Cluster Partnership for Advanced Smart Packaging - AdPack² and New Frontiers in Food-Fast Forward - NF4 signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to share resources, good practices and lessons learned for boosting the internationalisation and support of innovation uptakes primarily to Chinese and US American markets.

The collaboration of these partnerships started on the kick-off meeting in October 2018 during the official meeting of European ESCPs in Brussels organized by the European Commission. Since there many virtual collaboration meetings were held and useful resources were shared such as relevant contacts, templates of documents for getting effective feedback from companies, agendas of internationalisation webinars and events etc. The partnerships also learned from the good practices and mistakes in order to more effectively support their members toward internationalisation. Furthermore the power of the newly created network of this ecosystem was leveraged and more SMEs and innovation actors were attracted to participate on joint specialised webinars and other supporting actions.

The newly-born cross-ESCP consortia include in its structure 20 cluster organisations (Baden Württemberg: Connected e.V.MOV'EO,Fondazione Torino WirelessMedia Evolution Southern SwedenFoodValleyNLVALORIALWagralimAsociación Clúster Alimentario de GaliciaVitagoraTENERRDISGreen Tech Cluster StyriaSustainable Business HubTWEEDCLEANPackaging ClusterNanoprogress z.s.PLASTIWINInovCluster - Associação do Cluster Agroindustrial do CentroBalticNet-PlasmaTec e.V. and Secured Communicating Solutions cluster) reaching more than 3.100 European SMEs.

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