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HempClub
HempClub

Ilaria Re
Project coordinator
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Overview

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

Summary and objectives

The Competent and Connected Clusters Unfold the Hemp Industry Potential for the European Bioeconomy (HempCluB) project is an EU COSME project coordinated by LGCA bringing together 7 clusters and association operating in the primary hemp production, bioeconomy, mechatronics and green chemistry sectors from Italy, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and Portugal. HempCluB project works to unlock the potential of hemp by creating EU value chains for biobased applications and new business opportunities for primary producers and chemical companies. With its unique chemical properties, environmental benefits, high yield and wide range of applications, hemp is a valuable crop for the bioeconomy, contributing to achieving climate neutrality, although still representing a niche crop in Europe.

As a “European Strategic Cluster Partnership”, HempCluB promotes collaboration, synchronised strategies, and encourages innovative interregional investments to enhance cluster excellence. Through mutual learning and SMEs and other stakeholders’ mobility, HempCluB aims to unlock the hemp biomass exploitation potential supporting the ClusterXchange scheme’s implementation.

The specific objectives of the HempCluB partnership are:

  • Improve the management skills of cluster managers through a multidisciplinary training course.
  • Strengthen cluster excellence capacity by improving the portfolio of business support services.
  • Facilitate B2B and C2C collaborative activities to strengthen interregional strategies for the bioeconomy.
  • Enhance collaboration and networking activities between European organisations by implementing the ClusterXchange mobility scheme.
  • Promote internationalisation, technology and knowledge transfer through the activation of new opportunities for growth and capacity of excellence for clusters and their members.

Results expected

HempClub expected results will be the following:

  • Involve at least 14 managers in dedicated job training sessions towards strengthening managerial skills functional to achieving the Cluster Excellence Label certification.
  • Develop a portfolio consisting of at least 14 new services through a co-creation process involving a minimum of 300 European SME.
  • Contribute to the definition of at least 20 new interregional cooperation projects and the creation of 2 value chains.
  • Reach over 300 SMEs, raising awareness about the newly developed cluster strategies and at least 80 ClusterXchange opportunities to better provide support services to industrial actors and SMEs operating in the hemp sector.
  • Participate in at least 20 EU events and fair on the bioeconomy and industrial-hemp sector contribute to maximising the project's impact, ensuring its sustainability also after the project end.

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities - Manufacturing:C13 Manufacture of textiles - Professional, scientific and technical activities:M72 Scientific research and development
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Agri-food
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing A\: Human necessities:Wearing apparel A\: Human necessities:Medical or veterinary science; hygiene
S3 EU priority areas
Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture Sustainable innovation:Sustainable energy & renewables

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 23.06.2022
Financing for industrial hemp innovators in Horizon Europe and CBE-JU
News Published: 23.05.2022
HempClub project for a sustainable EU bioeconomy

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