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Innovation Acceleration (Europe INNOVA)

Cluster-IP – examples of supported actions


ABCEurope has been the flagship members’ activity of the Council of European BioRegions bringing together 13 of the most active clusters in Europe, both established and emerging. Key activities have included the creation of Partnerports across Europe for low cost international company operation and expansion; entrepreneur 'Bootcamps' for first-time CEOs; Europe-wide technology showcases; a Non-Exec Director online database as well as exchanges of cluster managers, mentoring schemes, business matchmaking events, IPR support at European level, research facility access across Europe, centralisation of international funding information, and  development of an Ambassador scheme to suit clusters across Europe.

Key deliverables include:

  • Tools Of Science: The gateway for life science professionals in Europe
  • Virtual Matchmaking:meet your potential business and research partners on-line without moving from your office. For more information, visit
  • Special Interest Groups: meet other stakeholders and discuss with them on key biotech aspects

For more information, please see

EcoCluP -- the Eco-innovative Cluster Partnership for Growth and Internationalisation

EcoCluP has grown from originally 13 to a group of over 30 eco-innovative cluster organisations supporting the internationalisation, growth and innovation potential of European SMEs. The project has yielded a number of positive outputs, including better cluster relationships; increased collaboration between companies also on international level, and the introduction of new business-cluster support tools. EcoCluP activities reached out to hundreds of SMEs, corporations, and research institutions within each of the participating clusters. The intended future collaborations will further pave the way for growth opportunities in the European eco-innovation marketplace.

  • Over 500 cluster companies have taken part in transnational partnering with research institutions through match-making events;
  • Around 140 companies participated in Masterclasses; 55 of them also received personalised one-on-one training on how to attract investors;
  • Internationalisation support has been provided for over 300 eco-innovative companies through training, coaching and business trips.

For more information, please see

Mr Gareth Jones
UK Centre for Economic & Environmental Development (UK CEED)

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