ClusterXchange is a new pilot scheme to support short term exchanges to better connect Europe’s industrial ecosystems.
It facilitates transnational cooperation, peer learning, networking and innovation uptake between actors of different industrial clusters It is implemented with support from cluster organisations that have teamed up in European Cluster Partnerships Excellence projects like EPIX.
What is an exchange?
An exchange in ClusterXchange constitutes a stay abroad by a visiting organisation visitor at a host organisation host to explore collaboration and growth opportunities. An exchange can be minimum 3 working days and maximum one month executed consecutively, excluding travel time
Exchanges can be used to :
Learn from actors in another cluster
Explore growth opportunities in new markets
Take up new technologies, digitalisation and green low carbon solutions
Invest in strategic interregional collaboration
Other B2B and C2C networking activities.
WHO CAN PARTECIPATE ?
Participants (visiting and host organisations) of a transnational exchange can be representatives of :
Cluster organisations and business network organisations
Scaling-up support organisations (such as tech centers, research institutes, digital innovation hubs, fab labs, creative hubs, resource-efficiency service providers, incubators, accelerators) that are cluster members
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are cluster members
Large companies (only as Hosts)
Public Authortities (only as Hosts)
All participant organisations must be from countries participating in the COSME programme.
The EPIX project will take advantage of this opportunity to support its partner clusters to further reinforce their contacts with other cluster organisation of complementary sectors (smart energy and mobility; data and IoT devices; infrastructures) as well city managers and value chains in order to open new business collaboration breaks for smart cities projects.
CLUSTERXCHANGE SUCCESS STORIES
ClusterXchange in Piombino Dese (Italy) – visit to LIV companies and participation to the 7th edition of Venetian Smart Lighting Award
19 – 22 July 2022
Host organization: Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto
Visitors: Cluster CICAT (Spain) and SMEs Suhas Design and Marsdlight (France)
ClusterXchange in Barcelona (Spain) – business exchanges with Barcelona Municipality and visit to the Smart City Expo Word Congress fair
15 – 17 November 2022
Host organization: City of Barcelona
Visitors: Cluster pRO-nZBE (Romania), SMEs Elektrosystemy, Eturia, ParkCash, PN Lider, ZAQ (Poland) and GNE, Cluster MoWin Net (Germany)
ClusterXchange in Iceland
14 – 16 March 2023
Host organization: SME Mannavit
Visitors: SMEs EMD, Foralu, MC Control, NPMC (Poland)
ClusterXchange in Milano (Italy) meeting with LIV exibiting lighting companies on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile fair
18 – 20 April 2023
Host organization: Cluster Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto
SMEs: AC Konserwacja Spolka Jawna, Consiste SC, Jan Witkowski Projekty, Avocado Kaja Warycha, Zbigniew Broś Avocado, PIM Concept Dorota Kwiecien (Poland), Asselum Luminotecnics, JVV Group, Muka Design Lab (Spain), Bath4you
INSTITUTES: Ing. Petr Kouřil – Truhlářství a prodej řeziva, Institute of Interior Designers, National Centre of Furniture Design, Technical University in Zvole (Czech Republic)
ClusterXchange in Hannover (Germany), business exchanges on the occasion of the Hannover Messe fair