INDESCAT- Catalan Sports Cluster

Spain: Catalonia
Oriol Serra

Overview

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About us

INDESCAT is the Catalan Sports Industry Cluster, a private entity led by companies, which was born in 2010 as a result of a strategic analysis on the Catalan sports sector driven by the "Sports General Secretary" of the Catalan Autonomous Government. The cluster’s mission is to bring together companies and research centres related to the world of sport, with the main objective of developing actions that improve companies’ competitiveness, encouraging the development of innovative products and services.  INDESCAT means "Industry + Sport + Catalonia". INDESCAT has 80 members, whose turnover is over 1,500 million €. INDESCAT represents the whole sports industry in Catalonia, which is grouped into three major segments: sports products and services, sports facilities and sports events

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 80
    Cluster Members
  • 50
    SME's
  • 6
    Large Companies
  • 7
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 11
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  • The sports practitioner study. Study co-funded by ACCIÓ and 14 sports companies based on a new approach to analyse the different profiles of sports practitioners. As the sports industry is consumer-oriented, having a deep knowledge of the sports practitioner is mandatory to develop new products and services. Any innovation should be closer to the market and the consumer needs. That is the reason why INDESCAT is developing a platform that will be the first sports consumer panel in Spain.
  •  “Best practices in internationalization for clusters”. Conclusions of the EU4SportsClusters project, a project co-funded by the European Commission and led by the Catalan Competitiveness Agency ACCIÓ, which has the participation of three European sports cluster organisations: INDESCAT from Spain, INNOSportNL from the Netherlands and SPORALTEC from France. The developed and tested internationalization methodology through clusters has been proven as one of the best methodologies for joint internationalization in terms of satisfaction and results. Following this methodology, two pilot missions were organised to Brazil and Russia, which enabled the participant companies to reach 5 commercial agreements.
  • “The Sports Sector in Barcelona and Catalonia”. Publication that brings together ten reasons why Barcelona is the world sports capital with the main objective of fostering its visibility and international positioning within the sports industry.
  • Support to the creation of the Barcelona Global Sport Management brand, a multidisciplinary team integrated by companies with a wide experience in the world of sports facilities that offer all kinds of sports and wellness turnkey solutions.

Management team

Oriol Serra
Cluster Manager
Cristina Naches
ECCP Responsible Person
Montse Centellas
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)
Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training

Further information

The portfolio of services is divided into 6 strategic areas:

  1. Innovation: thematic work groups (energy efficiency, tourism, nutrition, childhood, health, IT, innovation, outdoor sports, biking, water sports, motorsports, etc.), innovation projects (R & D or business model), partners search, market research, individual innovation services for companies, RIS3CAT strategy.
  2. Training: INDESCAT Knowledge and Learning program (internationalisation strategies, e-commerce, digital marketing, digital and mobile technologies, alternative financing, etc.), collaboration agreements with different universities (UPF, UB, INEFC), internship agreements and job bank.
  3. Entrepreneurship:  programs to support entrepreneurship and new business models (INDESUP! and INDESUP!Tech), mentoring, conferences to promote new initiatives, Investment forums, etc.
  4. Internationalization: European projects (SmartSports4GoodLife), internationalisation projects (EU4SportsClusters Alliance and EU4SportsClusters), joint international missions together with other European clusters, visit to international sports fairs, individual services for companies (elaboration and implementation of internationalisation strategies plans), export groups management to attract new markets, annual benchmarking trips to other sports clusters, market research, international partners search (EPSI and EEN).
  5. Visibility: best practices and sectorial studies, international positioning of Barcelona and Catalonia and visibility of the sports industry, Business and Sports Awards, etc.
  6. Networking: permanent work groups and conferences on specific topics, business lunchs and meetings, fairs, collaboration agreements, etc.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

  • AEI (Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) - Spanish Government.
  • IRC: Funded Support programes to support the cluster competitiveness  - Catalan Autonomous Government.

Project name

SmartSports4GoodLife

EU4SportsClusters Alliance

EU4SportsClusters  

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

China
Japan
Mexico
United Arab Emirates
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

News Document Published: 11.03.2020
INDESUP! at the European SportsTech Ecosystem
News Document Published: 05.03.2020
INDESCAT launches the SmartSports4GoodLife project in a kick-off meeting in Barcelona
News Achievements Published: 24.01.2019
INDESUP!, boosting entrepreneurship in the sports sector
Document Published: 29.02.2016
The Sports Sector in Barcelona and Catalonia