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INDESCAT- Catalan Sports Cluster
INDESCAT-Catalan Sports Cluster

Spain: Catalonia
Oriol Serra

Overview

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About us

INDESCAT is the Catalan Sports Industry Cluster, a private entity led by companies, which was born in 2010 as a result of a strategic analysis on the Catalan sports sector driven by the "Sports General Secretary" of the Catalan Autonomous Government. The cluster’s mission is to bring together companies and research centres related to the world of sport, with the main objective of developing actions that improve companies’ competitiveness, encouraging the development of innovative products and services. INDESCAT means "Industry + Sport + Catalonia". INDESCAT has 87 members, including 61 companies, 2 technological centres, 9 knowledge centres, 4 municipalities and 13 sports organizations. The companies’ total turnover is over 1,500 million €, with more than 50% of exports.

Our Action Plan is structured into 6 strategic areas: Innovation, internationalisation, talent, entrepreneurship, visibility and networking. The main tool for their development is the organisation of work groups where different issues are raised and tackled. From a first cross-sectoral work group, with many stakeholders and a wide topic, different more specific work groups are born with less attendees. The final aim is to foster specific projects with clear leaderships. Some of the work groups carried out are still alive, such as the ones linked to sports tourism, nutrition, childhood, digital technologies, energy efficiency (EFISport), innovation, health, active ageing, mountain sports, cycling, water sports, events, growth and development of new businesses, etc. The main INDESCAT's value lies on its members, their participation and attitude towards work groups, meetings and the projects that are raised, which shape, step by step, a "cluster culture".

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Hiring of specialists
  • Mentoring
  • Talent Attraction

Cluster composition

  • 74
    Cluster Members
  • 43
    SME's
  • 5
    Large Companies
  • 9
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 13
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  • Innovation:
    • Implementation of numerous collaborative innovation projects involving our members, achieving funding exceeding more than 1 million €. 
    • Working groups on different issues (Cycling, Public customer and events, Energy efficiency, Entrepreneurs sports and entrepreneur athletes, Active aging, Erasmus +, Sports and leisure activities, Mountain Sports, Sport in aquatic environments, Growth and business development strategies, Sports training, Childhood, Internationalization, Nutrition and sports performance, Health, TIC, Sports tourism
    • Organization of 8 annual days of Energy Efficiency in sports facilities
  • Internationalization:
    • Coordination and participation in EU projects: SmartSports4GoodLife, EU4SportsClusters Alliance, EU4SportsClusters and Skills4Sports
    • Organization of 10 trade missions to international countries around the world, like China, US or Brazil.
    • Elaboration of studies on international markets.
    • Accompaniment and visit to international fairs in the sports sector, like Interbike (Las Vegas), ISPO (Munich and Bejing) or FIBO (Cologne).
  • Talent:
    • Implementation of more than 30 training sessions on strategic and specific issues for the sports industry under the INDESCAT Knowledge and Learning training program.
    • Collaboration agreements with relevant knowledge centers of the sports sector.
    • Market studies on the Sports Practitioner and sectoral trends.
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Different programs and iniciatives to support entrepreneurship in the sports sector, like INDESUP!, INDESUP! Tech and Sport Tech Spirit
    • Mentorship of 18 sports startups
    • Sports Investment Forum
  • Visibility and Networking
    • 6 editions of the Sports & Business Awards
    • Participation in relevant national and international Days on the sports industry
    • More than 150 appeareance in mass media per year
    • More than 3.000 professionals taking part in INDESCAT actions per year
    • Access to national and international networks

Management team

Oriol Serra
Cluster Manager
Cristina Naches
ECCP Responsible Person
Montse Centellas
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Arts, entertainment and recreation:R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Sports; games; amusements - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries

Services

Support services provided

Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training
Other (please specify)

Further information

The portfolio of services is divided into 6 strategic areas:

  1. Innovation: thematic work groups (energy efficiency, tourism, nutrition, childhood, health, IT, innovation, outdoor sports, biking, water sports, motorsports, etc.), innovation projects (R & D or business model), partners search, market research, individual innovation services for companies, RIS3CAT strategy.
  2. Training: INDESCAT Knowledge and Learning program (internationalisation strategies, e-commerce, digital marketing, digital and mobile technologies, alternative financing, etc.), collaboration agreements with different universities (UPF, UB, INEFC), internship agreements and job bank.
  3. Entrepreneurship:  programs to support entrepreneurship and new business models (INDESUP! and INDESUP!Tech), mentoring, conferences to promote new initiatives, Investment forums, etc.
  4. Internationalization: European projects (SmartSports4GoodLife), internationalisation projects (EU4SportsClusters Alliance and EU4SportsClusters), joint international missions together with other European clusters, visit to international sports fairs, individual services for companies (elaboration and implementation of internationalisation strategies plans), export groups management to attract new markets, annual benchmarking trips to other sports clusters, market research, international partners search (EPSI and EEN).
  5. Visibility: best practices and sectorial studies, international positioning of Barcelona and Catalonia and visibility of the sports industry, Business and Sports Awards, etc.
  6. Networking: permanent work groups and conferences on specific topics, business lunchs and meetings, fairs, collaboration agreements, etc.

Support training services for cluster managers/policy makers

Facilitation of collaboration between members (eg. joint training programs) - Promotion of activities (eg. job fairs and exhibitions) - Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation (reskilling staff from other sectors) - Connecting to other organisations in the regional ecosystem

Upskilling and reskilling expertise

Internationalisation - Strategy development - EU project development

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Hiring of specialists - Mentoring - Talent Attraction

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

  • AEI (Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) - Spanish Government.
  • IRC: Funded Support programes to support the cluster competitiveness  - Catalan Autonomous Government.

Project name

SmartSports4GoodLife

Skills4Sports

EU4SportsClusters Alliance

EU4SportsClusters  

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Mexico
Canada
Chile
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
South Africa

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands

Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc. - Other

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

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Latest news and documents

News Document Published: 11.03.2020
INDESUP! at the European SportsTech Ecosystem
News Document Published: 05.03.2020
INDESCAT launches the SmartSports4GoodLife project in a kick-off meeting in Barcelona
News Achievements Published: 24.01.2019
INDESUP!, boosting entrepreneurship in the sports sector
Document Published: 29.02.2016
The Sports Sector in Barcelona and Catalonia