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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 29 April, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
AEI - Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (Spanish Ministry of Industry); Catalan Clusters (Catalan Government)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+34 93 783 02 54
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 93 783 36 64
Project Manager
+34 93 783 36 64
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Technology fields: 
Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition
Micro- and Nanotechnology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Smart green & integrated transport systems
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Cross-sectorial innovation by using KETs
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Startup Europe Ambassador
DeepTech4Good - Horizon 2020 Acceleration Programme
Barcelona Tech City
Name and link of major players: 
Open Innovation Club by secpho
Cluster Strategy



secpho is a technological innovation cluster, focusing on promoting technological innovation through the application of deep technologies, mainly photonics or technologies based on light, to all types of sectors of our economy. Our cluster brings together companies, technology centers and research groups, experts in photonic technologies, who firmly believe in collaboration.


Our leitmotiv is ‘collaborate to innovate‘. Because nobody gets very far going alone and only those who collaborate and connect their ideas are able to get where no one else has gone.


  • To generate business opportunities for companies
  • To provide technology centres and research groups with access to projects
  • To foster innovation in the field of photonic and optic technologies.

The latest trends in innovation, such as Industry 4.0, 3D printing, the autonomous vehicle or 5G communications, are based on photonic technologies, still little known, but but these technologies mean the real revolution of the 21st century. We focus on uncovering and supporting deep tech experts who are developing these revolutionary technologies, by facilitating them access to the public and private opportunities offered at European and international level, and by helping them to connect with agents such as investors or corporates.


    Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
    Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
    Support services provided: 
    Access to the European Internal market
    Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
    Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
    Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
    Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
    Details of support services: 





    • Presentation to an extensive network of contacts
    • Incorporation of technology experts into the catalogue
    • Publication of articles and advertisements in our technological
    • magazine light!
    • Extensive web dissemination, newsletters and social networks
    • Publication of press releases and dissemination to 5000
    • contacts.
    • Publication of job offers and dissemination to more than 25,000 international contacts.


    Industry Connection

    • More than 100 entities that make up our ecosystem
    • Innovation Workshops , dedicated to opening doors to our partners in all sectors of the economy.
    • We generate a large number of collaborations and research and innovation projects.
    • Exclusive access to large companies through our Open Innovation Club by secpho (integrating executives from over 20 large companies) - The objective is to foster collaborative innovation between these large companies and the leading experts in photonic technologies. It is a forum that promotes the competitiveness of its members, generating concrete opportunities for collaboration around the integration of the latest technologies, and furthermore adding value to the participating companies.


    Digital Innovation Hub

    • Gateway to 25 annual industry challenges
    • We help companies to define the requirements and we transfer them to our members providing new business opportunities.
    • We accompany the whole process through working groups that end in funded projects.
    • How do we do it? Find out more here


    International Connection

    • Access to a platform with a large number of contacts in the 5 continents with other clusters, innovation agencies and R&D centres
    • Ease of incorporating our partners in European proposals.
    • Search for partners for projects in and outside of Europe through our extensive network of contacts.
    • Supporting in search of EU funding opportunities, establishing consortia and writing proposals (two out of five currently delivered projects by secpho are implemented in collaboration with at least one of our members)
    • Organization of cluster missions and events in third countries.
    • Organizing stands during international trade shows.
    • Currently implementing an internationalization strategy for our members through a programme of international collaboration with countries from North Africa, Middle East or South America, in the search for funding opportunities and matchmaking for our members.
    • Objective to obtain opportunities for collaboration, both in the scientific as well as the business field, focusing for example on the industrial digitalization.


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


    We have developed our own methodology for cross-sectoral collaboration to foster innovation in key European industries on regional, national and international level.

    Due to our participation in European projects and collaboration with other European clusters, we have initiated internationalization services for our members by:

    • providing support in participation in matchmaking events (logistics, profiling of partners/clients, pre-arranged b2b meetings with relevant counterparts)
    • connecting SMEs with relevant partners for innovative collaboration projects (business oriented and/or based on EU funding)
    • organising stands during international trade shows
    • supporting in search of EU funding opportunities
    • establishing consortia and writing proposals (two out of five currently delivered projects by secpho are implemented in collaboration with at least one of its members)

    In addition, we have also developed a methodology for follow up coaching of SMEs which receive support from EU funded projects, being responsible for organisation and supervision of international matchmaking events for deep tech SMEs in several European countries.

    We are currently implementing an internationalization strategy for our members through a programme of international collaboration with countries from North Africa, Middle East or South America, in the search for funding opportunities and matchmaking for our members.


    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    Packaging Cluster (Spain)
    ITG (Spain)
    Foodservice Cluster (Spain)
    CataloniaBio (Spain)
    ClusterMoto (Spain)
    Photonics Hub GmbH (Germany)
    OpTecBB (Germany)
    Cluster Automobile / Bayern Innovativ (Germany)
    Ci3 Cluster for Individualized Immune Intervention (Germany)
    Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB - Germany)
    Cluster Food Industry (Germany)
    Cluster Photonics (Germany)
    Cluster Traffic, Mobility & Logistics (Germany)
    Steinbeis (Germany)
    Food-Processing Initiative (Germany)
    food.net:z - Lebensmittelnetzwerk Rhein-Neckar (Germany)
    Joanneum Research (Austria)
    Silicon Alps (Austria)
    Business Upper Austria (Austria)
    Pack4Food (Belgium)
    INFOPOLE (BelgiumI)
    Danish Knowledge Centre for Food Innovation (VIFU - Denmark)
    Pole Optitec (France)
    Systematic Paris-Region (France)
    Vitagora (France)
    Optoscana (CNR-IFAC - Italy)
    MESAP (Italy)
    Oslo Cancer Cluster (Norway)
    DigitalNorway (Norway)
    SPI (Portugal)
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

    secpho has been working in European projects for a long time. Since 2013 we have collaborated in up to 12 consortiums, some of them being so much strong that became awarded with more funding. We are currenty participating in five European projects from H2020, COSME and INNOSUP programs. In two of them, DeepTech4Good and EPRISE, we are consolidating a strong partnership that started in RESPICE SME and OASIS.

    Our current European projects are:


    secpho manages 13 Cross-Sectorial innovation projects funded by the AEI national cluster support programme: