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Cluster organisations

Cluster organisations are legal entities

Cluster organisations provide and channel specialised and customised business support services to stimulate innovation activities, especially in SMEs.

  • Cluster organisations support the strengthening of collaboration, networking and learning in innovation clusters
  • They usually facilitate strategic partnering across clusters, have experience in working cross-sectorial and between domains, and can set up multi-stakeholder projects
  • Cluster organisations provide trustful relations within triple helix constellations among (regional) stakeholders and are knowledgeable about existing competencies, potentials and needs in the economic domain
  • Cluster organisations come in many shapes, sizes, structures, and are developed top-down or bottom-up

Services of cluster organisations include:

  • Innovation projects
  • Networking and matchmaking
  • Business / Market Intelligence
  • Improving business environment
  • Human resource upgrading
  • Internationalisation
  • Influencing legal framework

Europe has a rich landscape of cluster organisations. There are around 1,100 European cluster organisations registered on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform,