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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 10 October, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC)
European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)
Cotec Foundation
Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección (APD)
Food Nexus
Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Cluster Management Team: 
Atienza Alonso
Cluster Manager
Páez Rodríguez
ECCP Responsible Person
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
AGQ Technological Corporate
Larger Company
Agrosevilla Aceituna
Larger Company
Heineken España
Larger Company
Herba Ricemills
Larger Company
Miguel García e Hijos
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

Despite the tendency to associate innovation with sectors which make intensive use of technology (such as IT and Biotechnology), CTA believes that it is also important to incorporate R&D into traditional sectors, such as agrifood, construction and tourism, all of which play a key role in the Andalusian economy.

It is fundamental that they are able to develop new models of production based on knowledge and differentiation so that they can all play their part in increasing the competitiveness of the regional economy.

Due to its longstanding experience in the agricultural sector, Andalusia is well placed to be an international leader in various aspects of agri-food innovation, in terms of both cultivation techniques and the final product.

Furthermore, the expected changes in the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), with a considerable reduction in funds for Spain, is another reason for encouraging the agricultural sector to adopt a more self sufficient and competitive model, with the capacity to create added value. Cooperation with both other businesses and universities would lead to increased competitiveness, particularly because the sector currently tends to be characterised by a high level of fragmentation.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Support of technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 
  • CTA helps businesses, universities, technology centres, public authorities and other bodies to achieve the maximum results from their R&D initiatives and transform the results into wealth creation and concrete business activities.
  • The services provided by CTA include: strategic R&D advice; evaluation of innovative initiatives; support for the internationalisation of R&D; consultancy in processes involving Procurement of Innovation by Public Bodies; support for technology scouting and studies and reports concerning ad hoc innovation.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
Success Story / Achievements: 
  • CTA technical officers are evaluators in European projects calls for proposals (H2020, FP7, SME Instrument).
  • CTA is a strategic advisor in innovation programs of the Administration.
  • CTA provides technical support to innovation funding programs and technological entrepreneurship.
  • Experience in the development of technology transfer through the mobilization of patents in collaboration with Andalusian public universities.
  • International Success Cases Manual of University-Business Cooperation (REUNE).
  • CTA works as PUNTO RED PIDI (National Network of Information Points on Research, Development and Innovation Activities, managed by CDTI). Currently, it is the International Node of the PIDI Network, in addition to being a proximity node since 2008.
  • Expert foundation in the writing and edition of reports and publications on innovation at regional and national level.
  • Preparation of feasibility studies in areas such as neuroscience, big data and cloud computing, tourist recommendation services and bioeconomy.
  • Stable collaboration agreements with regional and national economic agents. 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Support for the development and dynamization of R&D projects

  • R&D projects generation. Support, promotion and advice.
  • High capacity for communication and dissemination of project results, with special emphasis on the Spanish market.
  • Validation of business models.
  • Funding of Andalusian R&D proposals.

Market Perspective

  • Detection of trends, gaps and market barriers from the business vision.
  • Active promotion of technology transfer (B2B and University-Business).
  • Development of business plans based on innovative technology. Support for business training.

Networking and meeting points

  • Integration with national and international collaboration networks.
  • Meeting forums and workshops, with University-Business participation.
  • Search for strategic partners.
  • Business cluster. Representative of more than 150 companies in 7 strategic sectors in Andalusia.