INFOPOLE Cluster TIC

Belgium: Walloon Region
Sandrine Quoibion

Overview

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About us

INFOPOLE Cluster TIC is one of the cluster of the Walloon Region entirely dedicated to the Information and Communication Technologies. It regroups more than 130 companies or economical stakeholders active in Wallonia. Infopole Cluster TIC acts as a skills catalyzer for universities, SMEs, Research Centers and coordinates a wide panel of ICT competencies in Wallonia. Infopole Cluster TIC aims at valorizing ICT regional competencies and representing them at national, European and international level.

Infopole Cluster TIC acts as a skills catalyzer for universities, SMEs, Research Centers and coordinates a wide panel of ICT competencies in Wallonia. Infopole Cluster TIC aims at valorizing ICT regional competencies and representing them at national, European and international level. Infopole Cluster TIC also offer numerous services to these stakeholders such as networkings events, trainings or international representation”.

As current catalyzer of international cooperation for the Walloon ICT stakeholders, Infopole Cluster TIC can participate at the creation of cross-border program to enhance European ICT cooperation. As key bottle neck of ICT stakeholder, Infopole Cluster TIC can participate to innovation through incubators and venture capital funds. It can reach innovative SMEs or research institutions (Research Center, Universities) in a wide panel of ICT domains (eHealth, eGovernment, Robotic, electronic devices). These organizations are Cluster’s members.

As in permanent contact with these actors, Infopole cluster TIC can easily have access to directly-involved stakeholders to collect inputs or disseminate information in the framework of the project. Besides, Infopole Cluster TIC has the resources, the logistic and the network to organize meetings, workshops or conferences in the framework of the project.

The ambition of INFOPOLE Cluster TIC is to take part in the construction of specific answers to the challenges met by the ICT actors: changing technologies, increasing complexity of projects, shortage of skills... To structure the sector, to put the actors in relation, to increase the synergies, to strengthen the economic and technological groundings of companies such are the goals of INFOPOLE Cluster TIC.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 140
    Cluster Members
  • 110
    SME's
  • 10
    Large Companies
  • 10
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Intersectoral meetings «ICT meets...»

These workshops are intended for networking and B2B between INFOPOLE’s members and other cluster’s members in order to present and match issues and development opportunities in both ICT sector and other sectors. Objective: To encourage meetings, exchanges of «cross-fertilization» of needs, solutions and ideas and thereby the creation of new solutions and/or solving problems.

Business & Technology Club

These sessions of training and exchange of experiences between entrepreneurs aim to develop the technical, managerial and commercial members of the cluster companies. Business opportunities Every week, a list of fifteen public calls selected according to the expectations and needs of companies is sent to the members. This list, called «LOP» summarizes in few lines the provenance of the market, the location, the contracting authority, the type of auction, the deadline for submission, the object of the contract,... Notices detailed market are also available on the inter cluster collaboration platform B-Wallonia

Management team

Feron Charlie
Internationalisation Responsible
Quoibion Sandrine
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

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

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

Intersectoral meetings «ICT meets...»

These workshops are intended for networking and B2B between INFOPOLE’s members and other cluster’s members in order to present and match issues and development opportunities in both ICT sector and other sectors.

Objective: To encourage meetings, exchanges of «cross-fertilization» of needs, solutions and ideas and thereby the creation of new solutions and/or solving problems.

International missions

In partnership with AWEX, INFOPOLE gives the opportunity to its members to participate in missions to international dimensions, either in Belgium or abroad ...

Business & Technology Club

These sessions of training and exchange of experiences between entrepreneurs aim to develop the technical, managerial and commercial members of the cluster companies.

Business opportunities

Every week, a list of fifteen public calls selected according to the expectations and needs of companies is sent to the members. This list, called «LOP» summarizes in few lines the provenance of the market, the location, the contracting authority, the type of auction, the deadline for submission, the object of the contract,... Notices detailed market are also available on the inter cluster collaboration platform B-Wallonia

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 INTERREG Other

Name & description

  • Coordinator of the INTERREG III project TINIS
  • Partner in the INTERREG IV project C2A
  • Partner in the INTERREG IV project Etoile+
  • Partner in the INTERREG IV project TTC
  • Official representative of the Walloon Region in the project EMMIA
  • Official representative of the Walloon Region in the ERRIN group ICT

Project name

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Luxembourg
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Thanks to an effective partnership with the Walloon Export Agency, the Cluster gives the opportunity to participate in missions to international dimensions, either in Belgium or abroad: Forum Blanc in Grand Bornand (France ) GR Business Days (Luxembourg), Mobile World Congress (Spain), ... but also to invitations to foreign buyers!

The missions are organized according to the demand and needs of members and still of a 'commercial' character: business appointment are organized, site visits are proposed if they bring an added value for participants (no participation in those missions for sightseeing!), participation in conferences is also included in the program when they allow to learn new R & D and economic development.

Finally, the Cluster is responsible for all the organization's mission: transport, hotels, appointment books, planning, restoration, .... Participants are supported from the beginning to the end of the mission and no longer have one goal: to prepare their mission to ensure a profitable move.

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