ESCP-4i: First generation
The first generation of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International (ESCPs-4i) was labelled by the European Commission, DG Growth and the Executive Agency for SMEs of the European Commission following the COSME call COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Go International and their activities started as ESCP-4i labelled partnerships at the beginning of 2016. The partnerships' activities are now implemented and a second generation of ESCP-4i has started its activities in early 2018. The list of second generation partnerships can be seen here
Take a look at the Key Achievements of the first generation “European Strategic Cluster Partnerships Going International” available here.
The ESCP-4i are transnational cluster partnerships that develop and implement a joint internationalisation strategy and support SME internationalisation towards third countries beyond Europe. They aim to develop common actions and an implementation roadmap as part of a long-term cooperation agenda.
For the first generation of partnerships, the European Commission had selected 25 "European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International" as a result of the COSME call "Cluster Go International" (COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03), read about the launch event here:
- including the 15 co-funded projects resulting from the call "Clusters Go International"
- and 10 additional "voluntary" Partnerships that were on the reserve list of the call and accepted to keep working on joint cooperation agenda without EC direct co-funding.
An interesting "Research paper on cluster management internationalisation skills and keys for success in managing and promoting pan-European Strategic Cluster Partnerships" in support of the present and upcoming partnerships is available for download here.
The ESCP-4i projects were invited to participate in a consultation launched by the ECCP with the European Commission in June 2016. The topic of the consultation was the ESCP-4i projects’ activities and their interactions, including with the ECCP. A public version of the report can be downloaded here.
All together, the first generation ESCP-4i Cluster Partnerships gathered about 150 cluster organisations across 23 European countries. The partnerships were composed of on average 6 cluster organisations. See the key achievements of the partnerships here
Partnerships were active in various industrial and cross-sectoral areas including health, aerospace, mobility and logistics, agrifood, energy, marine and environment, packaging, materials and photonics, ICT, construction and sports.
The partnerships have been targeting cooperation with third countries' economies. Most partnerships already identified their target markets, per region or specifically mentioning target countries, before starting their activity; of which the main ones included Brazil, China, India, Japan and USA.
|ESCP-4i acronym||ESCP-4i name||Industry||Related Industries||Targeted Markets||Countries||Partners||Number of SMEs
|AdPack||Future Materials and products for advanced smart packaging||Advanced packaging||Food, Nanotechnology, Plasmatechnology, New Materials, Plastic||South Korea, Japan, China tbc (Brazil, Russia, India)||Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium||BalticNet-PlasmaTec, PackBridge, Nanoprogres, Inovcluster, Plastiwin||373|
|ECCA||European Circular Construction Alliance||building & construction, sustainable building||environmental tech; energy, renewable resources, ICT, tourism, wood||not yet defined||Slovenia, Poland, Spain (Canary Islands)||Slovenski Gradbeni Grozd-Giz (construction cluster), Baltic Cluster sEaNERGIA, Cluster Construccion Sostenible||400|
|EnW||Energy in Water||Water Energy Nexus||agrifood, mining & raw materials, oil & gas, smart cities, water & waste water||not yet defined||UK, Spain (2), France (2), Denmark, Netherlands||The Water Cluster (Anglia Ruskin University and Opportunity Peterborough), Avaesen, CD2E, CLEAN, Water Alliance, ZINNAE, EA||650|
|LASER-GO||Photonics in Health||photonics, laser technologies, optoelectronics||health sector (non-invasive diagnostics, personalized medicine, healthy aging, active and assistive living, cosmetics)||North America, South Africa, the Far East||Lithuania, France, Austria||Viesoji Istaiga Fizikos Instituto Mokslo Ir Technologiju Parkas, Opticsvalley-au service de l'Optique de l'Electronique et de l'Ingenierie Logicielle en Ile-de-France, Human.technology Styria GmbH||325|
|MobiGoIn||Mobility Goes International||Mobility, ICT||transport, geolocation techs, green vehicles||not yet defined||Italy, Germany, France, Sweden||Fondazione Torino Wireless, Baden-Wurttemberg: Connected (bwcon), Mov'eo, Media Evolutiona Southern Sweden AB||1100|
|MOVE||Moving the Future||Transport, Logistics||mobile navigation services, ICT, green tech||North Africa, Latin America||Spain (Canary Island), Bulgaria, France, Italy||Canary Cluster for Transports & Logistics, Bulgarian Cluster for Telecommunications, Numelink, Polight (Envipark)||300|
|New Frontiers for Emerging Industries in Food||Agrifood||Connected food, functional food, healthy ingredients, processed food product||South korea, Thailand, Taïwan, USA, Canada, Brazil||Belgium, The Netherlands, France (2)||Wagralim, Food Valley NL, Vitagora, Valorial||650|
|SmartCityTech||Internationalisation of cross-domain Smart City Solutions powered by ICT (sensor systems, data processing platforms)||smart cities, ICT||embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, IoT, Big Data||Asia, US, Latin America||Belgium, Spain, Germany, Denmark||DSP Valley, GAIA, BICCnet, BrainsBusiness||800|
|SPACE2ID||Space Clusters International Industrial Diversification||space||mobility, energy, logistics, creative, agriculture||not yet defined||France, Belgium (2), Spain (2), Italy (2), Greece, Poland||Aerospace Valley, Skywin Wallonia, Asociacion Madrid Plataforma Aeronautica y del espacio, TeRN (Basilicata Space Cluster), Corallia Clusters Initiative, Klaster Interligentnych Systemow Transportowych, Asociacion Sostenibilidad y Energias Renovables, Logistics in Wallonia, Fondazione Parco Technologico Padano||500|
|ESCP-4i acronym||ESCP-4i name||Industry||Related Industries||Targeted Markets||Countries||Partners||Number of SMEs
|EACP ABROAD||Activities and Businesses from Real Opportunities for Aerospace Developments (EACP)||Aerospace||Green aviation||6 targeted countries - amongst Canada, Mexico, USA, Japan, UAE, Brazil, Russia, India, China||France, Germany (2), Belgium, Turkey, Spain||Aerospace Valley, Hamburg Aviation, Skywin Wallonia, Eskisehir Sanayi Odasi, Asociacion Aeronautica Aragonesa, Wachstums Initiative Suederelbe AG||3000|
|bioXclusters plus||ESCP on Personalised Healthcare||healthcare, life sciences||Biotech, medical technologies, in-vitro Diag, ICT, nanotech, micro-technologies, advanced materials||US, China, Brazil, Japan||France, Spain, Germany, Italy||Lyonbiopole healthcare cluster, Biocat lifescience cluster, BioM biotech cluster, bioPmed healthcare cluster||1000|
|EU4SPORTS Clusters Alliance||sports||tourism, health, food&nutrition, IT, construction, textile||USA, China, Japan||Spain, Netherlands, Belgium (2), France||INDESCAT (Catalan Sports Clusters), Sports & Technology, EPSI (European Platform for Sport Innovation), Flanders' Bike valley, Cluster Montagne||494|
|NATUREEF||Natureef ESCP||natural resources efficiency||chemicals, plants, biomass, agrotech, energy, water, ICT||South America, Asia, ASEAN||Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, France, Portugal||FEMAC - The Future Emerging & Modern Agriculture in Catalonia, CREA Hydro&Energy, Green Synergy Cluster, Green Chemistry - The West Pomeranian Cluster Association, Innoskart ICT cluster, Inbiom - The Innovation Network for Biomass, Agrocluster Ribatejo, biomastec, Vegepolys||150|
|REINA PLUS||Renewable Energy Internationalisation ESCP project for European SMEs||renewable energy||T&D of electricity, smart grids||Mexico, Brazil, Chile, + third (North-Africa, USA)||Spain, Finland, Austria, Portugal||Basque Energy Cluster, Oy Merinoca Eb, ESV-OO Energiesparverband - Okoenergie Cluster, EnergyIn||704|
|Silicon Europe Worldwide||European Semiconductor Cluster Internationalisation Project||micro/nano-electronics, semiconductors||automotive, energy, aerospace, medical, Smart Industry, communication, Smart Cities||Taiwan, USA (East Coast) + third (Brazil, Russia, Japan, China, India)||Belgium, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy||DSP Valley, Silicon Saxony, Minalogic, HighTech NL, Mi-cluster (CORALLIA), FDG&HT Monza-Brianza||800|
|ESCP-4i acronym||ESCP-4i name||Industry||Related Industries||Targeted Markets||Countries||Partners||Nb SMEs|
|3BI||European Intercluster for Bioeconomy and Bio-based Innovation||bioeconomy||agro, chemistry, forestry, waste||BRIC, USA, Canada, Japan||France, UK, Netherlands, Germany||Industries & Agro-resources, BioVale Ltd, Biobased Delta, BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH||n/a|
|CROSSCUT||ESCP on sustainable construction||sustainable construction||ICT, cleantech||unspecified||Portugal, Sweden (2), Germany (2), Denmark, Spain (2)||centroHabitat, Byggdialog Dalarna, Dataforeningen iNorr, Cyberforum, InnoBYG, Cool Silicon, Wood Cluster of Galicia, Amuebla||400|
|DECISION||Delivering Cluster International Strategies into Overseas Networks||waste plastics, energy, materials||chemistry, products from carbon dioxide||USA, Canada, China, India||UK, Germany, Belgium, France||North East of England Process Industry Cluster, Chemi-Cluster Bayern GmbH, Pole Greenwin, Materalia||n/a|
|EU4FOOD||Global Alliance for the development of international food bio-based clusters/ European Strategic Cluster Partnership for Food Health & Wellbeing||agrifood, bioeconomy||food, health& wellbeing||USA, Brazil, Chile||Italy (2), France (2), Netherlands, Spain (3), Germany, Hungary, Austria||Fondazione Parco Tecnologico Padano, Agropolis International, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij oost Nederland NV, Cluster Alimentario de Galicia, Cluster Biotecnologic I Biomedic De Les Illes Balears, Asociacion de Investigacion de Industrias Carnicas del Prinicpado de Asturias, Eurobiomed, Food Processing Inititiave E.V, AdWare Research ltd - Pharmagora Quality of Life Cluster, Consorzio technapoli - parco scientifico e tecnologico dell'area metropolitana di Napolie Caserta, Lebensmittel - Cluster Oberosterreich Upper Austrian Food Cluster||1000|
|FoodPackLab||Photonics-Packaging Partnership for Food Innovation||Food, packaging, photonics||food production, environment||Japan, India||Spain (2), France, Germany (2)||SECPhO, Packaging cluster, OPTITEC, foodRegio, Food Processing Initiative||250|
|GIVE||Green ICT development||ICT||automotive, renewable energy||unspecified||Bulgaria (2), Albania, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Slovenia||Foundation "Cluster Information and Communication Technologies" (ICT cluster), Albanian ICT Association, Asociatia Cluster IT, Cluster ICT Plovdiv, Hellenic Association of Mobile Apps Companies, ICT chamber of commerce, Hungarian Cluster Management, ICT Automotive Cluster||320|
|PERES||Promoting European Railway Excellence Outside EU||Rail, Mobility, sustainability||eco-friendly transport||Gulf, China, India, Brazil, Columbia, NAFTA||Italy, France, UK, Germany (3), Poland, Spain||DITECFER Distretto per le Tecnologie Ferroviarie l'Alta Velocita e la Sicurezza delle Reti S.c.a.r.l., i-Trans Transports Terrestres Promotion, Rail Alliance Ltd, BTS Bahntechnik Sachsen, Stowarzyszenie Poludniowy Klaster Kolejowy, Berlin Partner fur Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH, Associacio Rail Grup, CNA Cluster Bahntecnik Bavaria||1000|
|SeaMICI||Seabed Mining clusters for SMEs Internationalisation||seabed mining||marine mineral mining, engineering||unspecified||France (2), UK, Poland||Pôle Mer Méditerranée - Toulon Var Technologies, Marine South East, Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, West Pomeranian Maritime Cluster||790|
|WIINTECH 2020||Worldwide Intercluster Initiative for New Materials and Processes focused on Clean Technologies||green materials, clean tech||advanced packaging, environment, energy, mobility||USA, Japan, India, Brazil||France, UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria||Plastipolis plastics engineering cluster, Proplast R&D training centre, Veneto Nanotech, Plastival plastic convertors cluster, Poolnet engineering and tooling cluster, Business Upper Austria (Clusterland), Chemie Cluster Bayern, Nepic||2000|