SPACE2IDGO receives the ESCP-4i label in Brussels to export European space-sector SMEs into key diversification markets in third countries

Submitted by Joanna Emery on 13 April 2018

On February 21st 2018 the European Commission launched a second generation of 23 co-funded EU Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i) during a series of events around their EU Industry Day in Brussels. SPACE2IDGO (for SPACE CLUSTERS INTERNATIONAL DIVERSIFICATION GO) was proud to feature amongst the 23 partnerships to receive the ESCP-4i label, promoting European clusters to develop a 'European' strategic vision and work together to target international markets jointly more efficiently for the benefit of their SME members.

The EU Cluster Partnerships event was a great opportunity for SPACE2IDGO to network and seek synergies with other partnerships, share experiences and valuable knowledge to support SME internationalisation towards third countries and to take part in target country breakout groups.

SPACE2IDGO at a glance - unlocking access to third countries for European space innovation

SPACE2IDGO is the very first structured action for Space Service Providers and Application Developers to directly address the huge economic potential of several industrial sectors, carefully selected at European and International level with a clear “market pull” orientation.

After a successful Strand 1 mission, SPACE2IDGO (SPACE CLUSTERS INTERNATIONAL DIVERSIFICATION GO) powered up and launched its Strand 2 project during a kick-off meeting held in Brussels on February 22nd and 23rd 2018.

Bringing together world-class expertise in space activities and high performance in 5 ground businesses (Mobility - Energy – Logistics, Creative Industries and Agriculture), the SPACE2IDGO consortium is made up of eight European clusters coming from 5 European countries: Aerospace Valley (coordinator – FR), Corallia/ Research Center Athena (GR), Skywin Wallona (BE), Logistics in Wallonia (BE), TeRN (IT), Asociation Madrid Plataforma Aeronautica et des Espacio (ES), Asociacion Sostenibilidad y Energias Renouvables (ES), ALSIA (IT). 

Its main ambition is to implement the partnership's joint Internationalisation Strategy Plan, boosting clusters presence and European SMEs business in 5 top-priority countries: Canada, United Arabic Emirates, Colombia, Chile and China.

Capitalizing on the results of SPACE2ID project (Strand 1), the consortium will concentrate its effort on the 5 market sectors (Mobility, Energy, Logistics, Creative Industries and Agriculture, or MELCA) where the use of satellite data provide strong added value and accelerate the development of new value chains.

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