Success stories

Hear success stories from members across the ECCP community and how they benefitted from using our service.

Physical ClusterXchange - Discovering smart materials in Czech Republic

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 06 December 2021.

Under the ClusterXchange pilot scheme, the EXTRATEX partnership organised a 5-day exchange in Czech Republic, hosted by CLUTEX (cluster for technical textile). 15 participants visited strategic and innovative companies in the field of smart materials and advances technologies, as well as research centres and the Liberec University. During the exchange, 92 B2B meetings were organized between local...

Baltic Sea and Space Cluster Success Story

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 06 December 2021.

The Baltic Sea and Space Cluster (BSSC) is the Pentagon Helix HUB of the maritime and space industry and International Projects HUB. The BSSC’s participation in the ECCP platform enabled the cluster to actively participate in the transfer of knowledge and internationalisation of activities. Thanks to the ECCP, the cluster is currently participating in 2 projects in the HORIZON 2020 program, one...

Materalia Cluster supports its members through the Towards Green Transition Facility

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 25 November 2021.

Materalia is a competitiveness cluster dedicated to refining materials and processes. The cluster brings around 300 stakeholders together in the Greater East region of France and works in conjunction with national, regional and local authorities. These include medium and large companies, research labs and training institutions. Around 50% of these stakeholders are enterprises, and Materalia aims...

Perfecting Winning Pitches and Improving Business Strategies

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 19 November 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Excellence Partnership BLUES organised a group exchange online training. Nanoprogress, a nanotechnology cluster from Czech Republic, planned and hosted the virtual ClusterXchange with excellent trainers from the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. The training took place during a total of three working days between 26 May 2021 and 18 June 2021, and gathered a...

Connecting SMEs in Life Sciences to Stimulate Breakthroughs in Personalised Medicine

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 18 November 2021.

Between 23 and 25 February 2021, the Enterprise Europe Network Flanders and B2Match partnership made up of Smart Hub Health – Belgium and ScanBalt - the health and bio economy cluster of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Northern Germany, Northern Netherlands and North-Western Russia hosted a virtual ClusterXchange in order to strengthen ties and set up...

SMARTENERGY for Smart Grids

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 17 November 2021.

Between 4 March and 8 April 2021, the Excellence Partnerships SMARTENERGY and BLUES, together with the participants, Tenerrdis and Mazovia Cluster ICT (MCICIT) located in France and Poland organised a virtual ClusterXchange. The exchange was hosted by Tenerrdis and consisted of training for the visiting organisation as well as networking, and business improvement opportunities for both the...

The ECCP Helps the TCI Network to Support Cluster Development

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 12 November 2021.

The TCI Network is a 25-year-old non-profit organisation that works with 9,000 practitioners who work in cluster development in 110 countries. The TCI Network’s key goal is to continue to inspire cluster organisations in their development processes and support cluster policy learning. Discussing the ECCP, Merete Nielsen, President of the TCI Network, states that it is an extremely useful tool that...

Research, innovation, smart materials for the plastic sector, and advanced solutions in Slovakia

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 12 November 2021.

SPK, the Slovak Plastic Cluster specialising in research, innovation, smart materials, and recycling for the plastic sector, hosted the EXTRATEX Partnership ClusterXchange which provided an opportunity for virtual visits to strategic Slovak companies in this sector between February and March 2021. The virtual visits were then followed by B2B and C2C meetings. Through this exchange, the...

Meeting, sharing and building networking opportunities between EU water clusters from the Netherlands, Spain and France

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 12 November 2021.

In November 2020, the French competitiveness cluster France Water Team invited 2 other water clusters ZINNAE (Spain) & Water Alliance (Netherlands) to meet and work together on a new type of event that would foster collaboration opportunities for their members and beyond. With the support of the BLUES Partnership, the 3 water clusters met through a virtual eClusterXchange that was organised from...

ClusterXchange Success Story: Learning to pitch digitally for clusters and SMEs

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 09 November 2021.

Through the support of the CE4BIG Partnership, 4 clusters from France, Germany, Poland and Belgium and 5 SMEs took part in an online training session on how to pitch in the life sciences sector as a virtual ClusterXchange. Although the training could only take place virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis, it worked well due to the flexibility of breaking up the sessions over shorter periods which...