From a policy perspective innovation means not only creating totally new technologies, but also increasingly cross-linking existing industries in the hopes of creating new paths of development – within regions, between regions and beyond national boundaries.
The Interreg IVC project CLUSTERIX aims to enable regional authorities to identify, analyze and explore the potential of strategic future cluster development through the exchange of experience and best practices between 9 partners from 8 different countries. The overall objective of CLUSTERIX is thus to increase the competitiveness of European regions and their innovation potential through the improvement and strategic re-orientation of cluster policies towards smart specialization.
CLUSTERIX also tackles further themes of high interest for cluster policy makers:
• funding the cluster support and its political/strategical orientation and expected impact
• pushing emerging industries through cluster development (e.g. by using public procurement)
• creating the positive framework for cross-linked cluster cooperation between the partner regions.
These issues have not been tackled in other projects and are important in a regional landscape where clusters are now at a crossroad having to balance quantity vs. quality, traditional industries vs. emerging industries, cooperation within the region vs. across regions and more.
The project is carried out in collaboration between partners from:
Denmark (Region of Southern Denmark)
Germany (Economic Development, Karlsruhe)
Austria (Ecoplus, The Business Agency of Lower Austria)
Hungary (West Pannon)
Italy (TIS, Techno Innovation South Tyrol SpcA)
Sweden (Lund University/Cluster 55)
Romania (Inma Bucharest, National Institute of research)
Read more on the ClusteriX webpage here