Mediterranean Meta-Clusters Initiative - Med-MCI

Thematic objective: A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
Priority: Priority A.2.1 Support technological transfer and commercialisation of research results, strengthening the linkages between research, industry and other private sector actors
Brief description of the project: The project will aims at cluster reinforcement, integration and cooperation to improve SMEs access to innovation. To this end, the project is structured in two steps: 1- Devise and implement a process to reinforce the scientific representation of the clusters, promoting the membership and securing the involvement of more universities, technological centers and knowledge entities. 2- Gather clusters from Mediterranean countries that work on the same value chains (but each cluster in their own country), and set up meta-cluster structures for them, starting a process of cluster integration in the Mediterranean. The consortium will devise and implement a new methodology for cluster collaboration to create these meta-clusters, trying a new approach to be implemented as a new standard on how these entities interact with each other. The project contemplates to set up a pilot in which one of these meta-clusters will be created by implementing the aforementioned two-step strategy.
Main objectives – issues to be addressed: The main objectives to be addressed are to improve SMEs access to innovation and research in the Mediterranean and generate a wide array of new opportunities for clustered SMEs, all through cluster reinforcement and integration.
Expected results: The expected results are: - Reinforced cluster structures in the Mediterranean thanks to the involvement of scientific stakeholders. - Creation of a new and highly improved standard on how Mediterranean clusters (and their SMEs) should interact with each other to maximize the benefits of collaboration in innovation opportunities, which in turn results in Mediterranean integration. The concept has been named "Meta-Cluster method". - Set up a pilot demonstration to test this new methodology.
Partners already involved: Undisclosed, accepting applications.
Partners searched: Clusters, chambers of commerce, universities, companies and entities that offer business support services, either public or private, from all eligible countries.
Total estimated budget: Between 1,1 and 1,5 million €.
First name: Jose
Last name: Fernández
Name of the organisation: Asociación Española para la Internacionalización de las Empresas de Electrónica, Informática y Telecomunicaciones
Type of organisation: Federation/association
City: Barcelona
Country: Spain
Email: jfernandez@secartys.org
Phone number: +34 931828822
Skype contact: Jose Fdez
Website: http://www.secartys.org/