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Eco-system Partnership for interclusters and smart cities eXchanges
EPIX

Marta Krakowiak
project manager
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Overview

Type of partnership
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Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved

Summary and objectives

The main objective of the EPIX project is to empower and enable its project partners for identifying and exploiting opportunities that will change the outlook of cities by making them smart and sustainable and providing added-value services and new governance for the creation of data-sharing communities formed by cities and businesses.

While the EPIX specific objectives are following:

  • to increase skills and competencies of 15 clusters managers on five projects technological trajectories (smart energy; smart mobility and transportation; smart data, smart IoT devices; smart infrastructures) as well on main project topics (sustainable smart cities, data sharing communities, public finance, and investments) that will make them smart cities champions and will smooth the creation of data-sharing communities formed by city managers and SMEs;
  • to promote cross-cluster value chain interconnections to seize new growth opportunities emerging from smart cities technologies and data sharing communities and enhance SMEs' practical collaboration in joint projects for public procurements bids;
  • to develop 6 comprehensive and focused clusters’ strategies, with related implementation roadmaps for effectively interconnecting clusters, their SMEs, and cities in the long term. The strategies and roadmaps will include long-term upskilling and reskilling activities, new data sharing services, and public financing opportunities.
  • to actively contribute to the successful implementation, promotion, and further deployment of the COSME ClusterXchange professional program through sound management, tailored outreach and awareness-raising campaign, and execution of 80 high-quality short-term exchanges.

Results expected

EPIX will favor interconnection between clusters know-how, clusters value chains, and city managers, and city data to realize a shared gain for cities and businesses and will (1) EMPOWER cluster as smart cities champions: training and coaching actives will be provided to cluster managers with the participation of public sector "connectors". Trained cluster managers will then share the acquired knowledge with their cluster members; a set of specific digital services will also be created; (2) ENABLE clusters as smart cities business networks: the ultimate goal is to create real occasions of transnational joint and cross-sectoral collaboration between SMEs by making them participate to at least 5 public procurement bids. In doing so, SMEs will be supported by cluster managers; (3) CONNECT clusters for C2C exchanges and clusters to smart cities exchanges in the EPIX ClusterXchange. Specific exchanges (EPIX Smart Cities Factories) will be organized by clusters in their own cities for making participants co-creating smart city mock-ups with the support of local city managers.

Social inclusion aspects in smart cities will be considered in all training activities for more inclusive civic communities.

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C31 Manufacture of furniture - Construction:F41 Construction of buildings - Transportation and storage:H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Digital
Technology fields
Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Y04 - Information or communication technologies having an impact on other technology areas
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Intelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities)
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Latest news and documents

News Published: 15.07.2022
EPIX First ClusterXchange visits - hosted by Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto
News Published: 15.07.2022
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