Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest extended until 11 March 2019, end of the day.

The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission (DG GROWTH), in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will organise the main Anchor Event of the EU Cluster Weeks campaign back-to-back with the kick-off event of the German Cluster Week 2019.

This High-Level event  will focus on internationalisation opportunities, and more specifically with Canada and the Canadian Innovation Superclusters Initiative, in close cooperation with the Canadian Innovation, Science and Economic Development Ministry (ISED).

Overall objectives for the participants of the event include:

  • To promote cluster cooperation between cluster organisations and business networks in Europe and in Canada to begin the exploration of common visions and potential partnerships and in particular with Canadian Supercluster initiatives;
  • To participate in group discussions that would lay the base for cooperation agreements and for identifying matching partners for future cluster event in Toronto, Canada, next June.

A call for expression of interest, together with the application questionnaire are available for download below. Please follow the indicated guidelines for application within the Call for Expression of Interest. Deadline for application is 27 February 2019.   

Key focus areas:

  • Digital Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Automation
  • Artifical Intellingence and Supply Chain Technology

Other possible focus areas:

  • Blue Economy
  • Agri-Food Enabling Technologies

Next steps:

  • Please download the Call for Expression of Interest and the Cluster Registration Questionnaire below, and follow the indicated guidelines for application within the Call for Expression of Interest.
  • Expressions of interest to participate in this mission must be submitted electronically by end of day (CET) on the 27 February 2019 at the latest to .


"An amazing event. I made contacts with very relevant people and we have already taken next steps in cooperation and establishment of genuine partnership between Canada and our region. I would particularly like to emphasize the organizer's readiness to add value to each activity and to encourage further connecting."

Goran Mladenovic, Cluster Manager of the NiCAT Cluster (Serbia)






Lubos Komarek, Cluster Manager of the Nanoprogress cluster (Czech Republic) shares his impressions right after the EU-Canada high level cluster cooperation event in the context of the  Hanover Fair on 1-2 April 2019 that was the main anchor event of the EU Cluster Weeks initiative.





Merete Nørby, International Senior Consultant, Ph.D. at MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark cluster

ECCP: How did you experience the EU-CAN cluster cooperation event?
M.N: This was the first time for me to participate in a EU cluster matchmaking event. I was very glad to be offered the opportunity to participate. The fact that you have to apply and forward information about you cluster and motivation for participating is a very good idea and helps to assure that the event is taken seriously. I liked the intro with short and personal presentations setting the scene. It was good that you had both the EU hosts and Canadian visitors in the same panel session. Also it was nice that several people stayed also for the tours and also for the reception, where we got a good chance to talk and get to know each other a little better and introduce other views.

ECCP: Did your participation make a difference for your cluster?
M.N: I got a chance to meet both with the Canadian delegation and also made new contacts to European clusters that I did not know before. The talks I had with individuals from Canada – especially the ones related to Advanced Manufacturing – gave me an interesting insight, that inspired me to sign up for the Toronto event. The fact that the Hannover EU-Can event was so well organized and the content and people attracting, have given me the proof that using time and resources for the Toronto event can be worthwhile. I would most likely not have signed up for the Toronto event, if I had not had the good indications from the Hannover event.

ECCP: Are there any learnings/outcomes/future perspectives for collaboration?
M.N.: It was very effective this way to get to know people much better than through a telco or an event with just presentations. The discussions in sub groups where all participants gave a short intro was very effective. I also enjoyed the bus ride talks – a big bus giving the possibility to move around and talk to several people was a good idea. Some of us could confirm that we would already meet again at EUREKA event in Manchester in May. Also I had a chance to bring some information about European projects to the table, where for instance I4MS and C-Voucher could be of interest for the Canadians.

ECCP: Any concrete ideas for next steps?
M.N: Writing and sharing one-pagers on concrete project ideas is definitely one important step forward. Perhaps a template for such ideas in a very short form could be a push towards more concrete cooperation. Physical meetings are always a good way to make sure things progress – this way having the Bucharest Cluster event, the Manchester EUREKA event and the Toronto CAN Supercluster event coming up is good motivation. Supplementary perhaps announcing a follow up telco could be a good idea – for next time.

Finally I would just express my thanks for organizing the EU-Canada event in Hannover - it was indeed rewarding and a pleasure to participate.

"The EU-Canada Cluster Cooperation Event at Hannover Messe was a great success from my perspective. It gave me, as leader of Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, a good opportunity to meet other cluster leaders who are interested in partnering with Canadian companies and cluster initiatives. I made many friends over the two days of the event and learned much about the common challenges we all face and a great deal about best practices in encouraging collaboration on the part of companies, and especially the engagement of SMEs, in cluster initiatives.  I’m struck by how much we share in our objectives as cluster leaders, and how important it is to work together to learn from each other and to find new opportunities for our members. It is important for Canadian companies to find partners in the EU, but our shared ambition is really global in scope. I know that we will be following up on the contacts we made in Hannover. And, I look forward to welcoming a delegation of European clusters to Toronto in June."

Jayson Myers - CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster 




"This was the first time I have attended a EU Cluster event, as part of the EU -Canada initiative, on behalf of ReMAP cluster.  ReMAP - Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process is focused on advanced manufacturing and bringing electronic and optical products to market. I found this event very productive.  We face similar challenges, and we can work together to be more relevant to the global economy.  There were formal opportunities to connect with similar clusters in the EU and there were informal opportunities to create relationships and potential future partnerships.  I am looking forward to the cluster event in Toronto in June 5-7, where some of the ReMAP members can connect with the EU clusters, and collaborate on bringing globally competitive products to market."

Irene Sterian, P.Eng - President & CEO, ReMAP Cluster, Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica



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