Adrienne GENTIL
Project manager
90% completed


Type of partnership
Partnership origin
Partnership duration (months)
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved

Summary and objectives

The overall objective of AURORA is to strengthen cluster management excellence and facilitate exchanges and strategic partnering between the 5 cluster partners, together with their respective ecosystems and main cities at regional level. The ultimate objective is to build a strong European Strategic Cluster Partnership on Food Quality strongly anchored in the Regions and widely open on Europe and beyond, at the benefit of the European SMEs. Reaching cluster excellence through this common strategy will be the necessary step towards a world-class union. As specific objectives, AURORA will more specifically

• Set-up a strategic framework of innovation, based on observation of respective territories and competencies, collaboration and exchange including stakeholder committee and policy makers and other EU communities around the Food Quality, Safety and Authenticity thematic, first it will serve the project and by the end the long-term strategy as a partnership

• Enhance the cluster management skills and reach excellence level through Peer2Peer and collective training on specific identified weaknesses (business model, innovation strategy, members’ services...) and services. Application to and possibly obtention of the new European Cluster Excellence Label will constitute a full objective of each partners,

• Set up of portfolio of new services to support cluster members, especially SME members by first benchmarking cross partnership and cross sectorial, consulting local, regional and EU stakeholders to secure relevance and foster impact, encourage replicability and include activities to strengthen interregional collaboration and partnership development across EU value chains while mobilising partners to contribute to upskilling and reskilling actions across industrial ecosystems in the light of the green and digital transitions;

• Enhance collaborations, twinning’s, threw networking and learning activities. activities by enhancing consultation on services cross regionally and implementation of a common cocreated service, by organising together cross-regional workshops, roadshows, and matrix to match our stakeholders

• Implement the “ClusterXchange” mobility scheme for the benefit of SMEs, Research and education organisation, Regions or Cities officers and partner clusters by support of joint activities and matrix to match our stakeholders relying on scheme and well-trained partners to support participants 

• Prepare a long-term partnership strategy on Food Quality and Safety, by aligning cluster individual strategies and partnership strategy, and EC meetings.

Results expected

The framework will result in cluster Excellence for SMEs competitiveness:

- Strengthning cluster management excellence by reinforcing capacities of partners clusters & their management by upskilling managers through Peer2 Peer and collective training on specific identified weakness as well as on the job peer2peer learning for elaboration of services, giving improvement of the label ranking as a common objective.

- Foster collaboration and strategic partnering between clusters and specialised eco-systems and cities across Europe by investing in a better knowledge of each other territories and implication of the cluster, by involving specialised ecosystem in cluster upgrades of services for better cohesion, and organising networking activities to allow ecosystems to benchmark, gain visibility, collaborate. High quality cluster management and strategic connections between clusters are key elements of successful world-class clusters, the action aims to foster SME competitiveness and assist companies to successfully access global markets.

- To foster the setting-up of portfolio of new services to support cluster members, especially SME members by first benchmarking cross partnership and cross sectorial, consulting stakeholders to secure relevance and foster impact and align cluster individual strategies and partnership exit strategy with new services and encourage replicability via report and dissemination

- The “ClusterXchange” mobility scheme will be a key impact multiplicator, supporting ecocystem exchanges as individual, as a group in roadshow, and also at use for clusters in the partnership to explore new collaborations for the partnership to grow.

- To implement joint collaboration activities by establishing strong basis with a strategy innovation strategy based on observation of respective territories and competencies, by enhancing consultation on services cross regionally and implementation of a common co-created service

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities - Manufacturing:C10 Manufacture of food products
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing A\: Human necessities:Baking; equipment for making or processing doughs; doughs for baking A\: Human necessities:Butchering; meat treatment; processing poultry or fish A\: Human necessities:Foods or foodstuffs; their treatment, not covered by other classes G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) Digital transformation:ICT trust, cyber security & network security Digital transformation:Smart system integration KETs:Industrial biotechnology KETs:Photonics Public health & security:Food security & safety Public health & security:Public health & well-being Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture Sustainable innovation:Sustainable land & water use Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption
Areas of specialisation not covered above

Greentech & Digitech

Partnership composition

Other linked key partners or networks

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GENTIL Adrienne

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