The Cultural and Creative Clust-ER is an association of public and private bodies that share skills, ideas and resources to support the sector competitiveness
Clust-ER CREATE is an association of public and private bodies, companies, research centres, training institutions, innovation organizations, that share an open innovation approach in order to strengthen the regional production ecosystem.
The Emilia-Romagna Region has found in the Clust-ERs the subjects capable of multiplying innovation opportunities through a collaborative approach, as they focus their activity in R&D strategic sectors. Together with the Technopoles and the High Technology Network laboratories, they are one of the key players in the regional innovation ecosystem coordinated by ASTER, the regional consortium for innovation and technology transfer.
Clust-ER uses to build its activities on the integration among technology, creativity and culture. The main purpose is to create synergies with networks and other aggregations at national and European scale and to identify strategic actions in research, education and internationalization sectors. 5 value chains have been identified, with specific strategic objectives: FASHION; CULT_TECH-Technologies for Digital Culture; ADDICT-Advanced Design & Digital Craftsmanship; MULTIMODEL-Multimedia & New Business Model; TOURISM and URBAN REACTIVATION.
Clust-ER operates through working groups and promotes: collaborative research and sharing of infrastructures between companies and research entities; development of demonstrators and pilot plants; high level technical training; actions aimed at the internationalization

Resources needed

Emilia-Romagna Region supports Clust-ER CREATE activities for the period 2017-2020, allocating an amount of € 300,000.00 (ERDF ROP 2014-2020).
The association establishes a registration fee of € 1,000 and a membership fee of € 500 (halved for small firms).
It has around € 30,000.00 per year

Evidence of success

In the Clust-ER associations work together public and private actors, higher education institutions, companies, research laboratories, technological centers, sharing tools, co-designing solutions and business models, strengthening the supply chain, developing projects at national and international scale. This can be considered an evidence of success: a model of governance where different actors collaborate with the Regional Government in the process of building a public policy

Difficulties encountered

In order to achieve the awareness to be representative of the different value chains, the number of members is a very important Key Performance Indicator. Since the research laboratories are the main founders of the Clust-ER, the main challenge was to involve companies belonging to the CCI sectors

Potential for learning or transfer

This practice uses the human, instrumental, financial resources of the territory, putting them into a system. Furthermore, Clust-ER gathers the representatives of the supply chain, so it is possible to know the links of the "value chain" and to identify the weaknesses. Each Clust-ER subgroup has adopted a methodology (they meet physically) in which everyone sees himself set in a system. All has worked on the strengths and weaknesses of the supply chain, on the risks, on strategic objectives, on technological relevance, on social impacts, international dimension, policy proposals, training needs. Be a Cluster member means to enter a network, be informed about regional and European calls, co-design, take part in pilot projects, in technological or internationalization projects

Please login to see the expert opinion of this good practice.

Main institution
Association Clust-ER - Cultural and Creative Industries
Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
May 2017
End Date


Please login to contact the author.

Good Practices being followed by

Delphine Goderniaux

Service public de Wallonie

Eva Koljera

Vidzeme Tourism Association

claudia fassero

Metropolitan City of Turin

Ronan Gingles

Cork City Council