European Technologies for Sustainability
eT4S

Cristina Murillo
Cluster Services Manager

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Summary and objectives

The eT4S project will implement the SmartCityTech internationalization strategy (action 6 of the SmartCityTech cooperation agenda) The consortium will elaborate on existing contacts in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston (North America) and in Singapore (Asean/Asia). Starting from those ‘beachhead’ contacts new regions in North America (focus on Canada) and Asean/Asia (focus on China/Shanghai) will be explored. Actions implemented during this project will aim at realizing 4 objectives:

Goal 1: Increase the likelihood of impactful internationalization: From previous internationalization actions the SmartCityTech partnership learned that ‘readiness for internationalization is a key success factor to build international collaboration. Many questions have to be answered before a company is ready to embark into an international business adventure.

Goal 2: Development of viable cooperation and business agreements:The majo r objective of the eT4S project is to establish cooperation between EU stakeholders and stakeholders of the target regions. eT4S aims at collaboration between stakeholders in a broad sense, eg. business to business, business to academia, academia to academia, cluster to cluster, etc.

Goal 3: Obtain international visibility and recognition: From previous internationalization actions the consortium learned that a coordinated effort towards target regions positively influences the impact as:      1. A coordinated pan-European initiative supported by the EC creates more trust amongst stakeholders in the target regions. Trust which is needed to open doors and initiate talks.

     2. Allows for sharing experiences and stakeholders

Goal 4: Prepare for sustainability: The eT4S project will be run within the context of the SmartCityTech partnership. This partnership will offer the framework for sustainability of the results of the eT4S project. Successful services will be continued in this partnership and will be supported by the full partnership.

Results expected

The main purpose of the eT4S project is to make EU stakeholders more competitive by liaising them with stakeholders in North America and Asia/Asean and supporting them to build collaboration agreements and/or business agreements.

The eT4S consortium will act as a turntable preparing EU stakeholders for developing business agreements, collecting business opportunities and match them with business partners in the target regions (North America & Asia/Asean). A robust communication strategy will be implemented to promote eT4S not only within the target regions but also within the European ecosystem. This communication strategy will also strive towards synergy and cross fertilization with other initiatives (ic. the SmartCityTech partnership, other ESCPs).

This approach is based on an internationalization strategy which has been developed by the SmartCityTech partnership. The results of the eT4S project will be sustained through the SmartCityTech partnership.

Relation to the key principles on internationalization The internationalization strategy of SmartCityTech is built on 4 key principles. The activities in this project relate to those principles. Principle 1: Bridgehead organizations as access to stakeholders and expertise

Principle 2: Opportunity analysis driving the internationalization approach

Principle 3: Be clever about smart city internationalization.

Principle 4: Sustainability as core component of the SmartCityTech DNA

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Sectoral industries
Other service activities:S94 Activities of membership organisations
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Digital

Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries

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Silicon Europe International

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