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Canarias Excelencia Tecnológica
CLUSTER CET

Spain: Canary Islands
Ana Torrent

Overview

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About us

Mission/Vision

We promote the idea that ICT is key to economic and social progress.

We encourage the maturation and consolidation of the IT sector in the Canaries by facilitating the development of innovative products and services aimed at national and international markets. 

Goals

•Be the point of reference for the ICT sector.
•Improve the competitiveness of the ICT sector in the Canaries.
•Detect and create technological solutions to sell internationally.
•Increase the Canary Islands economic competitiveness through the use of the information and communication technologies. 
 
Our main sectors:
- E- administration.
- Tourism. 
- Transport & Logistics. 
- Apps and Internet Business. 
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development

Cluster composition

  • 88
    Cluster Members
  • 66
    SME's
  • 4
    Large Companies
  • 7
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 11
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

SUCCESS STORY 1.  Internationalization.

This current year 2015 the Cluster has finally managed to put together an internal working group for Internationalization. There are ten companies involved in this group, although other companies also take part in some the initiatives.

There have been different initiatives

Four of the companies hired together an Export Manager, sharing the expenses.  Although the experience didn’t work out, mainly because of the profile of the person selected, it was the first indicator of a willingness among the cluster members to collaborate in internationalization activities.

The Cluster has been able to sign an agreement with the Regional Development Agency (PROEXCA), to have funds for internationalization actions for our companies. There are ten companies profiting directly by this agreement, with actions in USA, Mexico, Guatemala, China, Australia, etc. Also there are initiatives for the adaptation of technological products for other markets.

There is also another PROEXCA Program in which the Cluster is participating, having been  awarded with an Export Manager for a year in Miami - USA, to work for the Cluster companies, assisting them the enter the American and South American markets.

SUCCESS STORY 2. Tics & Drinks.

The Cluster has designed an event called Tics & Drinks, where we invite managers and owners of companies in a certain sector, for instance Tourism or Transport, to an after-work. We give our companies 5 minutes to present a product or service for that sector, and then we invite them to a drink, for them to socialize, know each other, and hopefully do business together.

So far we have organized four Tics & Drinks. Two were for the Tourism Sector (one in Tenerife and one in Gran Canaria), one for the Transport Sector and another for the Industry sector. 

All of them were a great success. The cluster members taking part in the events were really satisfied with the results. The guests from the other sectors really liked the format of the event.

The cluster has even registered the name and logo of the event.

SUCCESS STORY 3. CITWARE.

The cluster has created a new working group for Smart Cities´ technological products and services. The idea is to create an integrated solution with all the products and solutions of the cluster companies for Smart Cities.

So far we have created the working group, a new brand for the integrated solution “Citware”, have gathered all the information from the companies, and put it together in a structured document and plan.

We have also collaborated with different public administrations to prepare proposals for a National Call on Smart Cities’ solutions.

We have been given a grant by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism to continue working on the technical and commercial viability of this solution and also to prepare it towards its internationalization. 

Management team

Ana
Ana Torrent
Cluster Manager
Javier
Javier Miranda
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Information and communication:J61 Telecommunications - Information and communication:J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities - Information and communication:J63 Information service activities
Technology fields
Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Y04 - Information or communication technologies having an impact on other technology areas
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Big data, data mining, database management - Digital transformation:Cloud computing and software as a service and service architectures - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:E-Commerce & SMEs online - Digital transformation:e-Government (e.g. e-Procurement, open data & sharing of public sector information) - Digital transformation:e-Health (e.g. healthy ageing) - Digital transformation:ICT trust, cyber security & network security
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Advisory Services
Support of Research, Development and Innovation
Other (please specify)

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
CIP/COSME INTERREG Other

Name & description

National: Programa de Agrupaciones de Empresas Innovadoras (AEIs). Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. 

Regional: Agencia Canaria para la Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI). 

Project name

COSME INNOSUP: CROSS ME. 

COSME – Cluster Excellence Programme:  CLUSGRID – Clusters for Smart Grid

Interreg MAC: DigitalUp. 

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Brazil
Colombia
Mexico
Morocco
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Hungary
Poland

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Name
Registro de Agrupaciones de Empresas Innovadoras (AEI)
Website
http://www.minetur.gob.es/PortalAyudas/AgrupacionesEmpresariales/Paginas/Index.aspx
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