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Fondazione Distretto Green & High Tech Monza Brianza

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 18 June, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other Label: 
Reference for Smart Cities and Communities Technologies Regional Cluster
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Lombardy Region appointed Distretto to lead Smart Cities & Communities Regional Cluster with the Mission to pave the way to synergy creation among Enterprises, SMEs and Research communities to impact on the development of Smart Cities & Communities Tech.
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Silicon Europe Initiative
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+39 039 3638224
+39 039 3638251
+39 039 3638214
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Micro and Nanotechnology related to Electronics and Microelectronics
Broadband Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
High speed broadband: last mile networks (>30 Mbps)
Intelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities)
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
IoT, Internet of Things
Composition of the cluster
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Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
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Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
CISCO Italia
Larger Company
Università Milano Bicocca
Cluster Strategy

Mission and Vision

The main goal of the Distretto is to aggregate a ‘cluster’ of companies having a significant technology content, in order to enable the industrial development and to preserve the large amount of advanced technical know how present in the area. The mission is to increase the competitiveness of the industrial presence in Lombardy (expecially in sub region Brianza), adding value and promoting the territory, by stimulating and helping to emerge the sinergies between Political Institutions and Companies and between SMEs and Multinational Enterprises. We work on two levels of interactions: - Focusing on each individual Company (especially SMEs), aiming at enabling a sustainable growth based on products, technology and business process innovation. - Promoting activities across the Target Sectors (activating system projects capable of combining the industrial development and the technological requalification and/or growth of the territory).

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

The way to act of Distretto in order to sustain the development of company’s skills and competencies in the territory, is moving in two main directions -     Creation of Company Network   -     Services devoted to exploit synergies to drive Company development. The services offered by the Distretto are based on the involvement of the Distretto’s staff as well as  on the involvement and through collaboration with professionals and leader firms in the specific field. In this case, the principles that govern the selection of the Distretto’s partners are the market’s rules, where the concurrence is privileged and the choice falls on the offer considered most adequate. The services provided to businesses include:

- Industrial Development: biz plan Assessment for start-up companies or in a turnaround phase, marketing and/or strategy development; aggregation of companies to develop production links and facilitate the creation of business opportunities.

- Finance: identification and aggregation of companies to facilitate access to funding; establishing links among Companies and Banks to limit credit crunch impact and to find Venture Capital.

- Marketing: networking among companies and “key individuals”, marketing of the Territory to attract new companies and new activities; creation of an “healthy environment" promoting the companies’ needs towards the Public Administration.

- Employment: facilitate inter-company mobility and support Human Resources management.

- Research and Innovation: aggregation of companies on clearly identified R&D projects; providing help in evaluating and identifying innovation processes; valorize the R&D laboratories present in the area.

- Infrastructures and public services: coordination of companies’ needs and local develepment politics; Mobility Management program started in coordination with Municipalities and Companies

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Distretto worked actively with Companies requiring support for internationalization activities in the mentioned areas; Distretto, through Chamber of Commerce and specific Member Companies , made solid links with relevan local contacts with more than 10 SMEs in exploring the possibility to go international

Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

Participation to European Projects in Clusters collaboration and Intenationalization activities (H2020 calls, COSME, INNOSUP)



Most important : - involved in The European semiconductor cluster network. - On the territory of the Brianza, on collaboration with public projects, ultra broadband and smart grid projects. - Appointment by Lombardy Region of Distretto Green and High Tech Monza Brianza in representation of Regional Cluster within the Coordination Committee of the National constituting Cluster Technologies for Smart Communities.

Part of the former ESCF (European Semiconductor Cluster Forum) European Cluster Network, now acrive inside Silicon Europe Initiative - Participation to European Projects in Clusters collaboration and Intenationalization activities (H2020 calls, COSME, INNOSUP)

Success Story / Achievements: 

Smart Community – IT Infrastracture - Ultra Wide Band capability to non covered areas - 2013-2014Pilot Project for the Fiber Optic infrastructure, point-to-point 100Mb/sec industrial areas of Concorezzo and east Monza; Regione Lombardia, Municipalities of Concorezzo and Monza, Chamber of Commerce, Distretto Green & High Tech - Execution phase is started. Deployment in the Territory, Communication, LOI collection done completely by Distretto 1.1 M€ investment by RL for the territory

- 2015 -Second Fiber Optic Infrastrucure Project  in a second industrial area of the territory coordinated by Distretto, Local Public Adminstration and a Telecom operator SME, member of Distretto; The project is now in execution phase

- 2016 . A third Fiber Optic Infrastruicture Project is in discussion

-Sustainabile Mobility; Inter-Company trasportation Centro Torri Bianche di Vimercate (Regione Lombardia – Company and inter-Company Welfare ): -Project include the study, the implementation and monitoring of the Moving plan for people working in the Centro Direzionale coming from the surrounding. Web site and Info-point creation is part of the project as well. 220 k € investment by

- Smart Grid – Public Lighting – Comune di Sulbiate -Public lighting SMART system, using LED technology with remote control capability, configured as a «smart grid scalable node», to improve energy saving. It has been implemented by Edison, Philips and Comune di Sulbiate, with active participation of the Distretto Green & High Tech; activated since January 2012 -The project got the «Award Ecohitech» in October 2012 in Padova national exibition

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Distretto Value Proposition:

Distretto is a recognized and impiortant reality in the Lombardy and North Italy Territory; we offer to member companies a unique set of skills from the company network by wich we are able to build "variable" value chains in the reference application areas to sustain the member company needs and requests.

Distretto is starting to build with its network (Univerrsities, research centers, SMEs) the Home of IoT, providing a unique reference point to make the cross-sectorial cooperation (Seiconductor IoT platforms, Middleware and Softweare development, supply chain and logistic) a reality.

Membership allows to be part of the network of enterpises: Easier contacts between SMEs and Multinationals Creation of business opportunities Preferred dialogue with Local Institutions A thorough offering of services dedicated to company’s growth will be managed by a single entityù

It’s not only a matter of raising the consensus: all the stakeholders can give their contibutions to elaborate strategies and actions