Who can participate and what are the benefits


Participants (visiting and host organisations) of a transnational exchange can be representatives of:

  • Cluster organisations and similar business network organisations
  • Scaling-up support organisations (such as tech centres, research institutes, [digital] innovation hubs, fab labs, creative hubs, resource-efficiency service providers, incubators, accelerators) that are cluster members
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are cluster members

All participant organisations must be from countries participating in the COSME programme. These countries include all European Union Member States and other third countries, as listed here

To participate in the ClusterXchange, the representatives of eligible organisations must:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old 
  • Be a national of a participating country or must have spent at least 183 days in a participating country with a residence permit or equivalent document, in case of non-nationals

Benefits for participating

Benefits for visitors

Up to one month stay abroad with a selected host in another participating country will allow you to:

  • Broaden your sector- and non-sector specific skills and knowledge through capacity-building
  • Gain insights into the operation and techniques used by your host organisation
  • Expand your network of contacts and develop new cross-border partnerships
  • Find innovative solutions to upgrade your business, products and services
  • Create new business opportunities and get involved in new innovative projects
  • Gain knowledge about foreign markets and cultures
  • Get financial assistance for your exchange
  • Participate in a ClusterXchange alumni network
Benefits for hosts

Hosting exchanges will allow you to receive the short visits of foreign organisations that are active in business areas relevant to your organisation. Being a host organisation will allow you to:

  • Increase the visibility of your organisation, services and products in relevant communities (this exposure can be increased if you host multiple exchanges)
  • Share your knowledge, experience and information in specific areas
  • Learn new skills and knowledge from your visitors
  • Expand your network of contacts and develop new cross-border partnerships
  • Gain knowledge on visitors foreign markets and develop business and collaborations with them
  • Participate in a ClusterXchange alumni network