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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 31 December, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Friesland (NL)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
E.E.N. North
TKI Water Technology
WaterCampus Leeuwarden
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+31 (0)58 284 90 44
de Jong
Internationalisation Responsible
+32 (0)475430487
ECCP Responsible Person
+31 (0)58 284 90 44
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Industrial Water Treatment
Municipal Water Treatment
S3 EU priority areas: 
Waste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Water Technology
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: 
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy

Stimulating economic growth by accelerating innovative and sustainable water technology solutions.

Development of the European Water Technology Hub, with its physical core at WaterCampus Leeuwarden

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 private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Access to technology services
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

Water Alliance supports Dutch watertechnology SMEs in export, internationalisation and transnational technology cooperation by participating in brockerage events, creating the Holland Innovation & Inspiration Hotspot,organising international business cases.

Furthermore, watertechnology SMEs are invited to use the WaterCampus Innovative Ecosystem to accelerate their product development. The WaterCampus Innovative Ecosystem offers testsides and demosites to develop, test and validate innovative watertechnology solution form field test to pilot plant. WaterCampus partners offer services regarding knowledge, applied and research. Professsionals and students can be connected to the experiments. Next, international enterprises and SMEs are invited to open their Dutch or European office at the WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the physical hotsport for European Water  Technology. Water Alliance gives international enterprises and SMEs a soft landing in the European water technology hotspot.

Water Alliance cooperates with other clusterorganisations in The Northern Netherland, the Northern Development Agency and granting institutes. Therefor Water Alliance is able to support SMEs in their questions for funding and grant-instruments. Next to that, The waterCampus Business Challenge is a yearly event where innovative startups are being coached in growing their business; funding is one of the main subjects in this Challenge.

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: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

- Incoming and outgoing mission

- Matchmaking (technology and commercial cooperation between SMEs)

- Business cases with industries and SMes

- Brockerage events

Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)


Enterprise Europe Netwok North-Netherlands

H2020: E.E.N.-North partner, aiming at watertechnology SMEs

H2020: EnW-partner aiming at supporting SMEs in Water & Energy Nexus

Success Story / Achievements: 

Recent achievement 2016

During the Leeuwarden International Waterweek, with a.o. EIP Water Conference and Conference on Cities & Water, Water Alliance supported the promotion actions, The WaterTech Experience Tour with participants from Singapore, Mexico, France, The USA, Denmark, Kenya, Ireland en Malta: Water Alliance also organised the Water Match. More than 40 parties from 11 countries took part in Water Match 2016 on 9 February. Businesses, knowledge institutions and government authorities, all looking for opportunities for international cooperation, contacted one another in Leeuwarden by means of short one-on-one conversations.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Water Alliance is continously in close contact with innovative SMEs in the watertechnologysector. This connections are very interesting for different kind of projects, where connection can be made indirectly (by participation of Water Alliance in a cooperation project) or directly (by involving SMEs in the project). For projects aiming at connecting and supporting SMEs in general, or specific themes like circular economy, cross overs with energy, agrofood, chemistry etc. Water Alliance is interested in cooperation.

Water Alliance has strong regional and national roots and cooperates with regional and national government, industries and knowledge institutions. Via Water Alliance these organisations can be connected to a cooperation project (directly and indirectly). Furthermore, Water Alliance can bring best practices and regional strenghts into a collaoboration project.

Water Alliance prefers to cooperate in pratical projects, aiming at stimulation of regional economic growth and innovation.