si-Cluster

Greece: Attica
Jorge Sanchez

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About us

Vision and Mission

The Hellenic Space Technologies and Applications Cluster (si-Cluster) is an emerging, industrially-led and user-driven innovation cluster in Greece with the vision to become a world class cluster in the challenging and fast-growing sector of space technologies and applications.

The si-Cluster is expanding rapidly not only its industrial base but also its cooperation ties with all the innovation ecosystem actors, bringing together the majority of the stakeholders of the space sector in Greece, including academia, research institutes, European, regional and central governmental and other stakeholders involved in this demanding technological field, aiming to fulfill its mission of placing Greece amid the countries which currently develop cutting edge space technologies and applications with a high international visibility, capable of developing and attracting high impact research, development and innovation and business activities.

Thematic focus/competences of the cluster

The si-Cluster members participated jointly and/or independently in research, development and commercial projects through which they gained the necessary know-how on space procedures, qualifications, products and services, standards and development of tangible products and services. Based on the cartography of the si-Cluster members, they can be roughly grouped in the following areas of specialisation and expertise: Specialised microelectronics and embedded systems, Advanced materials and structures, Satellite and ground segment Operations, Earth Observation Applications, Robotics.

Long-Term Strategic Goals

  • Integrate the whole Greek space ecosystems into the si-Cluster
  • Establish a National Space Program
  • Achieve 100% geo-return from ESA programs
  • Increase Greek participation in the Horizon 2020 Programme
  • Increase National Programmes addressed to space
  • Enhance Bilateral space Programmes
  • Support the creation of a significant number of new space companies
  • Create the conditions in Greece for multinationals to develop a local branch
  • Support National “champions” (internationally recognized companies) in space technologies and applications
  • 2/3  of the si-Cluster companies’ turnover originating from commercial contracts
  • si-Cluster products qualified as Space Approved Products
  • Recognition of the members’ products (value chains) in the international markets
  • Greek products become part of space missions
  • Transfer technology from other markets to space and vise versa
  • Development of an Integrated human resource development programme from the primary education to the industry
  • Create a proper framework for a Greek Astronaut to take part in a space mission
  • Create a sustainable Assembly, Integration & Testing facility in Greece
  • Develop a facility in Greece to become #1 Remote Testing Site in Europe
  • Create a Data Evaluation/Curation service in Greece for space data
  • Create a cloud-technologies based facility in Greece that will give the opportunity to third parties to develop and provide remote sensing services and applications
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 60
    Cluster Members
  • 35
    SME's
  • 3
    Large Companies
  • 18
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 2
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  1. Total exports of cluster members increased +154% from 2011 to 2013 and ratio of Exports vs. Revenues increased from 20% to 40%. Increase of turnover came from exports building on common cluster branding and marketing strategy, common cluster participation in trade fairs, roadshows, conferences, etc, strategic alliances with global domain leaders, Develop of communication and collaboration channels among the members, and with similar actors within the European and the international space marketplace, enhancement of innovation capacity/edge through partnerships, acquisitions and/or outsourcing to innovative cluster members.
  2. Globalization has increased the need to combine strong internal dynamics within a cluster with solid linkages to clusters and markets located elsewhere. The si-Cluster had little cooperation with similar or complementary clusters at national and international level. Those linkages were established and in this respect the following was implemented: Linkages and strategic alliances with other clusters worldwide that provide complimentary capabilities are created, Collaboration and strategic alliance opportunities with other thematic clusters in Greece was established in order to achieve technology spill-overs and innovation-multipliers.
  3. The European Space Agency has recently announced, in the framework of its Industrial Policy Committee (ESA IPC), the current status of its Member-States’ geographical return coefficient/GRC. The GRC value is deemed as particularly important at this instance, as 2015 marks the start of new statistics measuring period. The relevant documentation shows a considerable improvement, in terms of contracts awarded to Greek entities under the various ESA Programmes, thus contributing to an unprecedented value of the GRC of over 1 (1.06). At the level of net contract value this corresponds to 2.5 M € above the target level of 41 M € that signifies a GRC equal to 1. It should be underlined that this outcome has been achieved within the very competitive ESA environment and during a financial crisis which has caused considerable difficulties for the Greek industry. It is worthwhile to note that the evolution of the GRC value over the last 5 years is as follows: 0.54 (2009), 0.51 (2010), 0.77 (2011), 0.99 (2012), 0.90 (2013), 1.06 (2014). This extraordinary achievement is due to the continuous cooperation between the Greek delegation to ESA (General Secretariat for Research & Technology/GSRT), the ESA executive, delegations from other Member-States and the Large System Integrators (LSIs) of the European Space sector. Moreover, this result can be attributed: a) to the existing capabilities of the Greek Space sector (Space Cluster/Industry, Universities, Research Institutes), contributing to Greek entities being selected as contractors, and b) to ESA issuing a number of calls/tendering procedures “Restricted to Greece”, thus reserving specific activities/ contracts in favour of our country. It should be mentioned that this common effort received significant support by the two Member-States which are ESA’s biggest contributors, namely France and Germany. These two countries offered not only their strategic support and technical expertise but also the funding of jointly designated activities within specific ESA Programmes, ultimately aiming at a broader and long-term bilateral cooperation in the Space sector.
  4. Alma Technologies JPEG Encoder IP Core compresses images aboard NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover.

Management team

Jorge Sanchez
Cluster Manager
Panagiota Megagianni
Internationalisation Responsible
Jorge Sanchez
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

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

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

An integrated portfolio of services addressed to members offers even greater value to their daily operation, covering a wide range of actions with special focus on synergies within the ecosystem, enhancing innovation and extroversion with benefit packages and supporting actions:

  1. Research & Networking: Showcasing the profile of cluster members and the identity of the cluster overall, placing the ecosystem dynamically on the international market, through targeted publicity, networking and through the design and implementation of data collection.      
  2. Cluster Expansion: Advisory support on specific operational and business development issues, with many opportunities for cooperation with experienced partners and benefits of involvement within a collaborative environment of innovation incubators.
  3. Education & Training: Business acceleration opportunities and the training of scientific and management staff of cluster members through their participation in high quality educational programs and specialized seminars organized with widely acknowledged associates.
  4. Commercial Cooperation: Strengthening of the value chain and the partnerships between members, international presence, expansion into new markets and developing strategic partnerships both at home and abroad through participation in well-organised exhibitions, roadshows to target markets and business meetings.
  5. Innovation & Technology: Improving innovation processes and developing technological achievements, monitoring and shaping trends and international high technology standards with the enhancement of applied research by linking industry and academic research community and by organising scientific events.
  6. Policy Action: Exploring partnerships, shaping policy proposals and developing action plans on issues for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness at regional and national level aiming to improve the macroeconomic environment.        

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

The project "Establishment and Operation of the Space Technologies and Applications Cluster" is co-financed by National Funds and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (1.200.00€ total budget) under the Hellenic National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF). The Project is carried out in the framework of the O.P. Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship and the R.O.P. with the message “Regions at the Centre of Development” Pilot Operation Phase of the Programme “Creation of Innovation Clusters”. In the framework of facilitator’s action plan the project aims to create a one-stop-shop, through which the entire innovation network gains access to unique business opportunities in the thematic segments of the si-Cluster operation, Support new venture creation, and further expansion and development of the si-Cluster, expand the innovation-knowledge horizon with a thorough training program, through which members gain best-in-class know-how on topics ranging from technical skills and project management, to negotiation tactics and business plan development, ease the innovation gap through complementarities and partnerships among members as well as between members and national and international organisations, including world-class innovation centres of excellence, in Europe, USA, Japan, etc, Support members to access international markets and develop strategic alliances with partners abroad, sponsor actions to establish strong ties with universities and research centres to enhance technology transfer and R&D commercialisation in the thematic technology areas of focus, provide incentives for VCs and Business Angels to invest, especially at the early stages, by creating a favourable environment and matching investments, supports IPR protection and patent submission with an IPR helpdesk to support SMEs on the complete process of patent filing, including dedicated IPR due diligence, patent seminars covering a wide array of topics, full process filing, etc. and develop the appropriate research culture in the local space industry in order to closely monitor related developments in technologies and applications in global scale.

Project name

SPACE2ID - Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification of call COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Go International. The SPACE2ID project (Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification) main objective is to create an ESCP between European space Clusters and several other European clusters, namely MELCA clusters (MELCA stemming for Mobility, Energy, Logistics, Creative industries and Agriculture). It proposes to pave the way to the international business development of space technologies providers in the following applicative sectors: Mobility (i.e. transports of people), Energy, Logistics (i.e transport of goods), Creative Industries (i.e., design, games and music), Agriculture.

FabSpace 2.0 - Τhe Fablab for data-based innovation including Space data in 2.0 University of INSO-4-2015 «Innovative schemes for open innovation and science 2.0». Το FabSpace 2.0 will provide a new free-access service and place dedicated to collaborative data-driven innovation in 6 European universities (13 at the end of the project). Through online support, entrepreneurship & innovation leadership trainings for students and researchers, the human capital among FabSpace users will be enhanced. The link between universities, industry, the public sector and civil society will be strengthened with 18 local and 3 European contests consisting in developing new applications to tackle challenges launched by ONGs & companies. 1500 students and researchers are expected to use FabSpaces, half of them will participate in contests and 21 teams will be awarded a grant to be used for product development only.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Egypt
India
Israel
Nigeria
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

Further information

Striving for international outreach, the si-Cluster has set extroversion and international collaborations as a key strategic goal; this goals is promoted through the signing of international collaboration agreements, cluster ambassadors, roadshows, hosting of international delegations, helpdesk support, training activities. A structured, strategic approach is followed for the international collaboration activities, from the signing of collaboration agreements to the  resulting international project proposals.  Focal countries up to date include France, Israel, Italy, Cyprus, Germany, the UK and China.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 06.04.2016
Cluster Go International: EU Commission launches 24 European Strategic Cluster Partnerships