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GAIA.-Association of Knowledge and Applied Technologies industries in the Basque Country

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 2 March, 1983
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
País Vasco
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other Label: 
Silver Label of EFQM Model
Please Specify: 
GAIA got the European Foundation for Quality Management, EFQM Model silver label in 2004
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Red Realis Lationoamericana
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+34 943316666
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 943316666
ECCP Responsible Person
+34 943316666
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Electronic engineering
Cloud Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
Power generation / renewable sources
Information service activities
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Smart Cities
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Grupo Arteche
Larger Company
Ge Power Management
Larger Company
Larger Company
Larger Company
Research Organisation
Larger Company
Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy


  • To promote all the aspects of development and growth related to the Electronics, IT, Telecommunications, Engineering and Consutling sectors.
  • To defend the legitimate interests of member companies.
  • To favour the assimilation and efficient usage of advanced technologies by the Basque Country as a region, with the aim of collaborating with the development of an Information and Knowledge Society.
  • To be recognised as the most committed private and independent institution to the development of the electronics and ICTs that it represents with a rational and efficient usage of products and services based on those technologies, in the Basque Country.


  • To be the most important reference as an association, which integrates efforts and skills in the referred technologies in the Basque Country.
  • To be the association that represents the largest number of companies in Spain, in the European Union and in the global market, through its own actions and possible collaborations as equals with other institutions.
  • To be an active and dynamic agent that reflects the image of the Basque Country as a technologically advanced society, commercially flexible and committed to society, and to be a key element to the internationalisation of its member companies.
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.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Details of support services: 

Companies within GAIA

  • Strategic guidance: people, organization, processes, products, services and business models
  • Support to development of Inter-Business Alliances
    • Production Oriented: smart factories, platforms, tools,…
    • Market Oriented: brands, channels, solutions,…
  • Support to Research Collaborative Projects, Development and Innovation: according to prioritized windows of opportunities
  • Relevant information for the sector, and juncture information

GAIA, a cluster oriented to Interest Groups

  • We stimulate and align the evolution of the sector towards windows of opportunities 
  • We are the specialized and committed partner in the co-creation of programs and tools for the deployment of public policies:
  • Enablers of employability, working experience and talent development

If you want to find out more about GAIA's Products & Services, please check: http://www.gaia.es/gestor/recursos/archivos/Catalogo_Productos_Servicios.pdf

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Bicc Net
DSP Valley
BrainsBusiness - ICT North Denmark
Amec Urbis
House of Energy
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

2003: PATENT. Partnership for telecommunication new technologies for SMEs/Alianza para las nuevas tecnologias de las telecomunicaciones para las PYME2003: PATENT. Partnership for telecommunication new technologies for SMEs/Alianza para las nuevas tecnologias de las telecomunicaciones para las PYME.

2006: INNOSPORT Stepping up economical and technology intelligence in sport.

2007: EQF Code - Transferring and applying the instruments European Qualification Framework and e-Competence Framework to Multimedia professions in the field of Content Development.

2007: EUROLATSEA. European Research for Latin American Seafood Industry/ Investigacion europea para la industria marisquera europea

2007: ELDERGAMES. Development of high therapeutic value IST-based games for monitoring and improving the quality of life of Elderly People.

2008: SCIENSCESTING . FIAH 2005. Basque Country Research Fair/Feria de Investigacion del Pais Vasco

2009: NEW INDIGO: Initiative for the Development and Integration of Indian and European Research.

2009: EDIANA: Embedded Systems for Energy Efficient Buildings

2008: SIDEREUS: Dialogue Concerning EU and Asia on GALILEO-based applications/Dialogo entre UE y Asia sobre aplicaciones basadas en el sistema GALILEO

2010: EBEST: Empowering Business Ecosystems of Small Service Enterprises to Face the Economic Crisis/Impulsando los ecosistemas de negocio de pequeñas empresas de servicios para afrontar la época de crisis

2010: ZEROWIN: Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks/Hacia 0 residuos en la redes industriales

2010: KEEN REGIONS: conocimiento y excelencia en regiones de nanotecnologia europeas


2011: PLC - PROG: Improving PLC programing , thorough a new Framework/ Mejorando la programacion PLC  , a través de un nuevo marco

2012: Transtic

2012: MONNA

2014: CLINES

2016: Smart City Tech

2017: SCT Goes Global

Bidelaguna Program / Regional .-Diputación Foral de Guipuzcoa

Hazitek Program / Regional.-Gobierno Vasco

Convocatoria RED.es / National- Ministerio de Industria, Turimos y Comercio

 ICEX Program / National -España Exportación e Inversiones

CDTI Program / National - Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial



Relevant Project References: 
GAIA is a partner of Smart City Tech project. This prooject is inside of the Cluster Collaboration Platform.
Success Story / Achievements: 

GAIA creates "GAIA Trade Factory" , it is a Society composed of several companies in the sector and the cluster itself born to qualify for international tenders (in the field of development and systems integration), promoted by European and multilateral agencies. The entity formed is a collaboration of six companies that are committed to work together and share resources with the aim of making all the international markets an approach favoring, in turn, improved competitiveness and increased volume international business.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

GAIA is an active member of a big range of alliances and business networks at European and international levels. In the European scope, GAIA is involved in the next networks

One of the initiatives with positive outcome which GAIA  promotes, is the constitution of Strategic Alliances. These alliances which members participate are lead by their own and in some occasions by  GAIA.

Actually, there are 15 alliances, of different kind, which additionally have generated 6 support infrastructures to the ICTA sector companies.