European Cleantech Internationalization Initiative
EC2i

Denmark: Capital (region)
Frederik Thure
Head of Secretariat ICN
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Overview

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Summary and objectives

The European Cleantech Internationalisation Initiative (EC2i) integrates the goals and strategies of five leading European cleantech clusters:

  • Green Tech Cluster (Austria)
  • Tweed (Belgium)
  • CLEAN (Denmark)
  • Tenerrdis (France)
  • Sustainable Business Hub (Sweden)

The main objectives of this initiative are : 

- To stimulate internationalisation of innovative European SMEs into large and dynamic cleantech markets with high growth potential  (the United States and China).

- To capitalise on strong common identity and shared vision of opportunities founded on extensive past cooperation by collaborating in the development of value chains spanning all five clusters, enabling them to take a leading global position in the cleantech space. 

- To establish and develop strategic partnerships with stakeholders in the target markets, identify local market opportunities, raise the profiles of European SMEs, and pursue opportunities for collaborative business development.

Partnership other activities

In addition to the 4 matchmaking missions, SMEs will have the possibility to participate in capacity building webinars and workshops to prepare for the target countries. Meet the Buyer events will also be organised to connect SMEs with larger corporates searching for sustainable solutions to specific problems.  

Results expected

The Consortium’s internationalisation strategy is composed of two interdependent parts:

-  Develop strategic partnerships in the target countries. Partners in the United States and China will act as bridge builders helping SMEs integrate themselves into local networks, gather intelligence, and help source demand for solutions. Matchmaking missions will be organised to arrange meetings between project owners and solutions suppliers as well as potential local partners.

-  Support the SMEs internationalisation strategy. To meet the market demand in third countries and deliver integrated, global solutions, SMEs must tap into complex value chains and work in partnerships. The consortium will develop tools to help SMEs enter those new markets, guide them in forming cross-sectoral, multinational consortia along value chains to deliver integrated products and services.

Stay tuned and follow our missions to China and the US at @EC2i and on our LinkedIn

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Cross-sectoral industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation not covered above

The following value-chain-based key areas have been defined according to the areas of strength of the SMEs represented in the project consortium and according to current business opportunities within environmental technologies and digitalisation:

  • Smart City & Digitalisation
  • Green Energy, Energy Efficiency & Smart Grids
  • Waste Management & Recycling
  • Resource Management (Water&Air&Soil-Management)

Partnership composition

Profile name Location Project coordinator
TWEED

Belgium

Sustainable Business Hub

Sweden

Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH

Austria

TENERRDIS

France

Other linked key partners or networks

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Latest news and documents

Document Published: 04.04.2019
US Matchmaking Mission Brochure
Document Published: 04.04.2019
China Matchmaking mission brochure
News Achievements Published: 18.09.2018
Webinar on Chinese Cleantech opportunities is now online
Document Published: 20.08.2018
Webinar China Mission

Telephone +45 61 24 33 16