Success stories

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

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...

Towards Green Transition Facility and Mabbett support clusters to become more circular

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 09 November 2021.

Mabbett is an environmental consultancy that identifies, designs and implements solutions for environmental, health and safety issues. Over the past months, they have collaborated with the ECCP on two circular economy cluster projects through the ECCP’s Towards Green Transition Facility. Geraldine Boylan, Director of Environment at Mabbett, and Alexandre Fintoni, Project Manager and Environmental...

Towards Green Transition Facility supports the Slovenian Wood Industry Cluster by increasing knowledge on Circular Economy approaches

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 19 October 2021.

The Wood Industry Cluster of Slovenia is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999 by Slovenian woodworking companies and institutions. It now comprises one-third of employees in the Slovenian wood sector and the country’s most important research institution. The cluster works on various projects to support the needs of their member companies. Erika Valentinčič explains that through the Towards...

INDESCAT Aims to Minimise its Carbon Footprint with the Help of the Towards Green Transition Facility

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 18 October 2021.

INDESCAT (the Catalan sports cluster) is a cluster that brings together companies and organisations from the Catalan sport industry to develop actions to improve their competitiveness and environmental sustainability. Currently, INDESCAT represents more than 100 businesses and has a turnover of almost €2.4 million. INDESCAT was selected as one of 25 clusters to receive help from the ECCP’s Towards...

LUCE IN VENETO Moves Towards a Circular Business Model with the Help of the Towards Green Transition Facility

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 18 October 2021.

Primarily based in the Veneto Region in Italy, LUCE IN VENETO is a cluster that consists of over 50 SMEs in the smart lighting sector. It connects companies and their specific expertise to generate synergies and new business opportunities. Following its selection by the European Commission and the ECCP to receive support from the Towards Green Transition Facility, LUCE IN VENETO is focussing on...

The Towards Green Transition Facility Supports IDiA in its Journey to Sustainability

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 12 October 2021.

Cluster IDiA - Asociación Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación en Aragón - is one of 25 clusters that was selected to receive training under the Towards Green Transition Facility. Discussing the facility, Project Manager Nina Hoppmann explains that the cluster has an ecosystem of 70,000 employees of which 16,000 are ICT professionals. The cluster is very active in Spain and Europe. To help their...

Cluster Energy Technology Berlin-Brandenburg uses the Green Transition Facility to Support its SMEs

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 12 October 2021.

Cluster Energy Technology Berlin-Brandenburg’s key goal is to initiate and facilitate joint research and innovation projects in the Berlin region. Cluster Energy Technology was selected in May as one of 25 clusters to receive support from the Towards Green Transition Facility. Thanks to the facility, the cluster has already successfully implemented 2 activities. Speaking of the activities the...