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S3-4ALPCLUSTERS

Smart Specialisation Strategie to build an Innovation model for Alp Clusters (S3-4AlpClusters)

The Smart Specialisation concept is a lever of EU Cohesion Policy. Several EU regions developed Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). Challenge is to implement S3 through clusters to gain sustainable and incl. growth generating critical mass. No many experiences exist due to lack of knowledge about S3 in other regions. Implementation tools must be developed to fully benefit SMEs. The objective is to improve framework conditions for innovation induced by clusters and SMEs and to create new jobs. S3 implemented by clusters is an innovative approach that improves innovation in the Alpine Space. Cross-regional approach supports coordinated actions between the different sectors/regions. Transnational cluster cooperation brings SMEs critical mass and enhances cross-regional collaboration to innovate for new products in the relevant areas of the Alpine Space. Project outputs are: joint transnational cluster action plan and S3 stress test analysis of advanced, convergence and less advanced regions for agenda setting, strategy development and implementation – outline for a synchronised scheme - S3-based innovation model adapted to regional clusters – better framework conditions for companies through tested innovation model and services. Quadruple helix benefits from these outputs to boost innovation. The work is jointly completed by pilot clusters, entrepreneurs, academics, and supported by public authorities, clusters and S3 experts. Cluster policies will shift "to concentrate resources on the development of those activities that are likely to transform the existing economic structures through R&D and innovation". Transnational approach bundles the strengths of Alpine regions and SMEs towards smart innovation: they learn from each other through good and bad practices. S3 partners mutual knowledge facilitates framework conditions creation. The outcomes of previous Interreg and existing S3 and their implementation will be taken into account.

Lead partner

Switzerland

  • HES-SO//HEIA-FR - INNOSQUARE CLUSTERS

Partners

Austria

  • Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur Ltd.

  • Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg GmbH

Germany

  • ClusterAgentur Baden-Wuerttemberg

  • Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH

Solvenia

  • Poly4EmI hosts by Anteja ECG d.o.o

  • Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy

France

  • University of Franche-Comte

Italy

  • Veneto Region – Research, Clusters and Networks Unit

  • PROPLAST– consortium for the plastic culture promotion

  • Cluster Technologies for Smart Cities & Communities Lombardy Foundation

  • Autonomous Province of Trento

  • Trentino Innovation Hub

  • Lombardy Region Government

Switzerland

Project Website: www.alpine-space.eu/projects/s3-4alpclusters/en/home
Youtube website: www.youtube.com/channel/UCXf4dSJMZiTRCSSmaEGmMNg
Linkedin Group: www.linkedin.com/groups/8584656

News 13.02.2017 : Smart Specialization Strategies to build an Innovation Model for Alp Clusters

ALPCLUSTERS2020

Alpine space industrial Cluster's networks: paving the way for Europe 2020

The Alpine Space economy is largely based on manufacturing SMEs and clusters are a powerful tool to enhance competitiveness. The establishment of transnational clusters networks is a step forward to favour cross-border cooperation although poor awareness of the potentialities from the addressees and the lack of self-sustainability in the medium and long term are still real barriers.

AlpClusters2020 aims to contribute to the design of an integrated policy approach for the support of transnational clusters networks at ALPINE space level, in order to:

  • Facilitate the emergence of new industries, enhancing the resilience of Alpine industrial ecosystem
  • Track and valorise the achievements of the previous supported initiatives, assessing their impact
  • Animate a deep and intense participatory process through which private and public relevant actors can take part in the design of future actions
  • Support policy development process, exploring the synergies and suggesting joint actions toward 2020.

Lead partner

Italy

Veneto Innovazione S.p.A, European Policies Department

Project partners

Italy

Piedmont Region, Directorate of Industry and Productive Activities
CONSORTIUM FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE PLASTIC CULTURE

Austria

Clusterland Upper Austria, Plastics-Cluster

Germany

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation GmbH 

France

Plastipolis

Switzerland

Science and technology centre of the Canton of Fribourg

Web site link: www.alpclusters2020.eu

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