Digital Single Market
Digital Economy & Society

ICT 2015

Networking Sessions Programme

Internationalisation: The Supporting Role of Clusters

Room 1.05, 22/10/2015 (14:00-14:45)


Clusters are among the most relevant microeconomic factors that influence the level of prosperity of a region. Cluster polices (Porter, 1990) and more recently Triple Helix Cluster policies (Leydesdorff, 2012) which combine the roles of ‘academia,’ ‘Government’ and ‘industry’, have had a significant impact on internationalisation, innovation and economic growth.

Governments across Europe are committed to the vision of using research and innovation to generate jobs and economic growth. Innovation is not created by isolated organization but mostly in dynamic environments where competent organisations interact in a constructive and complementary way to assimilate existing knowledge and generate new ideas and products. The internationalisation of cluster organisations covers a range of activities that will produce benefits for the businesses in the cluster (especially SMEs), and for the region and country where the cluster is located. The ICT sector is at the cutting edge of such research and innovation connections due to its ‘shared language,’ ‘mobility,’ and operation ‘in the cloud.’

This session brings together experts from the Triple Helix to share their thoughts, goals and dreams for the development of pan-European collaborative linkage, helping Europe to compete economically with the rest of the world, where clusters empower their members through ‘cross-pollination’ of ideas and knowledge to develop economically through competition and co-operation at a European level.


In order to facilitate an interactive discussion the session starts with a short presentation from four panellists, showcasing data and best practices within the Be Wiser and UPSIDE project. Both projects are EU funded FP7 projects that bring together different ICT clusters across Europe. These presentations will display: 1) levels of internationalisation which exist (V-LINC results from the Be Wiser project), 2) importance of internationalisation activities for SMEs within ICT clusters, 3) the Business Roaming Agreement (a soft-landing initiative for SMEs developed in cross-cluster collaboration and within the UPSIDE project) 4) how can clusters engage in and benefit from internationalisation. From this point onwards, the moderator will ensure that the session is interactive. The audience will contribute to the discussion with questions, comments and sharing of best practices. Now you can download the ppt presentation, including the "lessons learned"!!!

Expected outcome

Expected outcome of the networking session are first of all new intra-stakeholder contacts and new insights in this topic for all participants. The generated contacts could also result in common topic-related projects, research activities, and further cooperation between clusters, regions, policy makers and academics across Europe.

Organised by: Tamara HÖGLER (CyberForum e.V., Innovations and International Affairs, Germany)

Cluster: EU Policy



Annalisa ZUCCOTTI, 19/10/2015 15:28

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Annalisa ZUCCOTTI, 19/10/2015 15:29

After a short introduction, three flash talks will share best practice cases developed within the projects:

>>Stockholm-Montreal: Cluster to Cluster – Smart Digital Cities, Lindström A., Kista Science City

>>BeWiser Connect – a matchmaking tool, Hobbs J., Cork Institute of Technology.

>>Business Roaming Agreement – an internationalization tool, Zuccotti A., CyberForum e.V.

The session will be open for discussion, with questions, comments and examples from the audience.


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