An overview of the achievements of each partnership can be found below. This includes details on a series of new tools and innovative collaboration methods for enhancing SMEs internationalisation activities that could help inspire other cluster organisations.
Strand 2 - Implementation Phase
Strand 1 - Preparation Phase
Some concrete examples of the partnerships’ achievements
LASER-GO GLOBAL signed cooperation agreements in six countries
LASER-GO GLOBAL brought together six clusters from the healthcare, health tech and photonics sectors targeting USA, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In the course of the eight trade missions, a total of 463 contacts with players of the global photonics and medtech sectors were established, including intermediary entities, universities, distributors, SMEs, incubators and investors. The partners participated in around 220 meetings with key stakeholders and they attended more 16 events in the target markets, including conferences, trade shows, networking events and workshops, Significant visibility and awareness of the project has been raised through B2B meetings with key actors in the target markets, presentations in dedicated workshops and the publication of different articles and reports.
Twenty-two MoUs were signed and six more are being prepared together with six letters of commitment from the business intermediaries and the companies in the targeted markets to confirm the intention of the involved parties to pursue business opportunities for SMEs. Around 40 leads for business cooperation initiatives have been identified between European SMEs and stakeholders in the target markets and 12 cooperation agreements have been signed by companies thanks to the activities carried out at the trade missions.
NF4 established built strong business connections for SME members
The NF4 (New Frontiers in Food Fast Forward) partnership mobilised five clusters and around 560 SMEs active in food innovation, including in improving sustainability. Four countries (Brazil, Canada, China and the US) are being targeted through business missions, granting vouchers directly to SMEs for internationalisation activities and operating a “help-desk” offering on-demand assistance to SMEs. Activities with Canada brought specifically strong results where European SMEs participating in the project signed five non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and four business contracts, set up one collaborative project, and opened one subsidiarity. The business contracts resulted in a significant increase in turnover for the SMEs involved. The partnership, as an entity, also signed MoUs with Natural Products Canada and with a regional business association in Brazil.
MobiGoIn brought increased turnover for participating companies
MobiGoIn built up cooperation partnerships with international stakeholders and initiated business collaborations for European SMEs in four countries outside Europe (USA, Canada, China and Singapore) in two targeted ecosystems (automotive and smart cities) in the field of mobility related technological innovation.
The participating companies were highly satisfied with the project emphasizing the following main advantages derived: better approach and understanding of the targeted foreign markets, getting more prepared to access the targeted countries, and facilitation of initiating potential collaborations. In a satisfaction survey, out of the 16 answering companies, 9 of them declared a raise of their turnover since the beginning of the project ranging from 500% (1), 100-125% (2), and from 5 to 20% (6). The remaining of them stated that they are still developing their product so it is too early to talk about a raise of the turnover.
EU-TEXTILE2030 finds international partners for cooperation in five markets
The seven cluster partners of EU-TEXTILE2030 focused on the advanced textile materials industry, providing textile solutions with specific functions for various applications. The project implemented joint international activities in Colombia, Israel, Japan, South Africa and Taiwan. They conducted five highly successful business missions that were also combined with participation in trade fairs and business conferences. These greatly helped attendants in acquiring thorough and up-to-date knowledge about market and technological developments globally and in local target markets. Participating clusters and companies were successful in finding new partners for inter-cluster, business and technology cooperation and further consolidating already exiting contacts. The Partnership signed five cooperation agreements clusters and other organisations in 3rd countries. European SMEs participating in the project signed 12 business agreements with partners in Colombia, Israel japan and Taiwan.
SPACE2IDGO develops collaboration with Colombian partners
SPACE2IDGO established broad cooperation between aerospace public and private stakeholders from Europe and Colombia through activities founded and organised under the ESCP4i programme. Corallia and Aerospace Valley clusters, two SPACE2IDGO members, signed an agreement with the Associacion Colombiana de Productores Aerospaciales (ACOPAER) that focus on developing bilateral activities between the two sides. ACOPAER promote the integration, development, growth and organisation of the Colombian aerospace industry.
SPACE2IDGO also signed a partnership with the Scientific Committee of the Aerospace Sector (COCSAE) which is an initiative lead by professors from several Colombian universities, engineers and business people interested in fostering aerospace projects in Colombia. COCSAE supports public and private entities in the industry and academia as well, by counselling the new participants in the creation and execution of their aerospace-related projects.
ESCP-4i partnerships continue to collaborate in promoting SME internationalization
Four ESCP4i partnerships signed a Memorandum of Understanding to share resources, good practices and lessons learned for boosting the internationalisation and support of innovation uptakes primarily to the Chinese and the US markets. The participants are European Cleantech Internationalization Initiative - EC2i; Mobility Goes International-in Action – MobiGoIn - Action; European Strategic Cluster Partnership for Advanced Smart Packaging - AdPack² and New Frontiers in Food-Fast Forward - NF4. The idea is to support each other and join forces in supporting competitiveness of European SMEs through internationalisation opportunities and more. The newly-born cross-ESCP-4i consortia includes in its structure 20 cluster organisations.
Testimonials from clusters and SMEs:
Josep Casamada, Project Manager at AEI Tèxtils
“Participating at EU-TEXTILE2030 project has been a major enabler within the cluster in order to promote new initiatives and to identify and learn about new approaches for supporting our members. My participation and active role in Colombia and Brazil empowered our know-how about international markets current state of the art within the cluster thanks to the identification of ongoing innovations and the global trends for the technical textiles sector. The different networking and matchmaking activities have proved decisive both for cluster development and for excelling our support to SME by identifying and generating new opportunities for them.”
Felipe Carrasco, ATEVAL Project Manager
“The mission to Israel with EU-TEXTILE2030 has meant a qualitative leap in R&D&I-based collaboration between the clusters belonging to T2030 and several of the organisations and institutions with which meetings were held during the visit. The fact that the textile manufacturing industry is well established in southern Europe and its main clusters participate in the T2030 project, and that on the other hand the level of development of different technologies and production techniques applicable to fabrics, has facilitated the start of several initiatives under development between companies in Israel and companies belonging to our metacluster. My participation and active role in Israel with four cluster companies has been of great interest to stablish contact with this target market. The contacts made will allow to open new business opportunities for the participating SMEs and to build strategic alliances with the main Israeli stakeholders in the textile and final applications’ sectors.”
Olivier Fontaine, Medicen Paris Region Progress Report COSME
“The LASER-GO GLOBAL project has been very fulfilling for MEDICEN with three main outcomes. The first one is the opportunity to reinforce our European network of clusters partners, not only in healthcare but also to identify relevant synergies with other fields like photonics. Second, it gave us the unique ability to understand and identify key partners in new but strategic markets for our cluster: Singapore and New York upstate. The collaborations signed with University of Buffalo, LUX and the ongoing discussions with NextCorp in Rochester are highlighting our intention to cooperate further. And third, LASER-GO was a great occasion to reinforce existing dynamics in Canada, Japan and Israel and push our collaborations further.”
Daniela Reuter, CEO, Photonics Hub
“The LASER GO Global project was an excellent opportunity for Photonics Hub to establish and strengthen its cooperation with European partners in photonics and health care which is an application field of high interest for the SMEs. Additionally, the initiative provided the possibility to explore international target markets such as Israel, Korea and the USA. The signed MoUs with KOTRA in Korea Photonics Israel and Optics Valley in Arizona are the foundation for future collaboration that will benefit our member SMEs as well as the cluster as a whole.”
Angelo Donvito, CEO of DIGIMAT SPA
“We are very satisfied about the UAE matchmaking mission’s organisation and about the opportunities created for our company by TERN and ALSIA. We know that it is difficult to operate and make business in this country because the international competition is very high in the field of innovative and high tech services. The SPACE2IDGO project support was crucial for us to open a new market.”
Laurent Dezou, CEO of GISAIA
“SPACE2IDGO was a wonderful opportunity for Gisaïa to try her hand at exporting, to get experienced advice and above all, to connect with Canadian economic players. Initiate a network that has become fundamental in the current continuation of our operations, have exchanges with opportunities and evaluate the reception of our solutions. Aerospace Valley's commitment and support in this operation was perfect.”