In the context of the 3rd EU-Taiwan Industrial Dialogue, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform organised the EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event. During the 26th and 27th of June, delegations of European and Taiwanese organisations met in Brussels where they shared a common agenda destined to develop productive partnerships between clusters from both regions.

Building on the successful EU Innovation Week held in Taipei in 2016, the Event included seminars, matchmaking sessions and various informal activities intended to further reinforce the EU-Taiwan relationship. In this regard, clusters played an important role in this event as they represent an innovative model of facilitating business and strengthening ties with Taiwanese organisations through cooperation at different levels.

The Event brought together more than 200 participants that had a total of 131 formal meetings in addition to less formal interactions that took place through various networking activities. Among the participants, 35 were clusters (15 from Taiwan and 21 from the EU).

The European delegation was selected through a call for expressions of interest process, which identified cluster management organisations that represented technology fields in support of the following areas:

  • 5G
  • Circular economy
  • Smart industry.

The organisations were asked to respond to the call for expressions of interest by completing a questionnaire and providing a presentation. The call and questionnaire as well as other details related to the Event are provided through the links below. 

The Event was organised by the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (European Commission) through the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) in collaboration with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI) and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

For further information regarding the EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event, please contact Mark Spinoglio and Noelia Dosil at [email protected].

You can find more information in the B2match site of the Event.



 “The cluster matchmaking event in the context of the 3rd EU-Taiwan Industry dialogue   was my first experience in such an event, and it was my first time with Taiwanese clusters. It was a great opportunity to know better about the Taiwanese industrial environment.

A very important thing was to have the opportunity to meet the Taiwanese research centers to collaborate on R&D projects, also through the tools available to the European Commission.

Our next goal, as a cluster, is to organize a mission in Taiwan with our companies and the contacts created through this event will make it easier!

Roberto Caminiti, Technical Advisor, Mesap Innovation Cluster


For SYSTEMATIC Paris Region, the Eu-Taiwan B2B and matchmaking event organised in Brussels helped us to establish contacts with Taiwanese business associations and research clusters from various sectors (5G, Manufacturing (smart industry). During the conferences we gained insights on experience of Industry 4.0 in Taiwan and also several European countries (Such as Germany). Smart industry thematic is important for our members and our Region (topic from the Paris Region S3)

As a follow up, we have had the visit of a Taiwanese delegation in our facilities in Paris-Saclay (Site of Nano Innov). An exceptional occasion to establish contacts between cluster' companies and our guests. Now, we are looking forward to the next step and feedback from both parts!

Isabell de Sutter, Responsable Europe, Head of European Affairs, SYSTEMATIC PARIS-REGION

 “The EU – Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event was very interesting. It was the first time that Cluster Inteligentna Energija met with Taiwanese organizations and therefore, it was a good opportunity to learn about their business culture as well as know more about their vision regarding Croatia. In fact, I believe I found some potential collaborations in the power industry and waste management. In addition, the seminars were very useful since they provided insightful information about renewable energy sources. We gained more understanding about what the world is doing and found some interesting things for our cluster.

Mladen Perkov, dipl.ing.el.,MBA cluster managerINTELIGENTNA ENERGIJA

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