Actions aimed at strengthening innovation capacities, business opportunities, competences, internationalization, communication of the regional clusters.
7 regional Innovation Clusters were settled to support innovation of SMEs in the S3 related sectors. Cluster managers are responsible for their action plans, but Regione Piemonte supports to reach agreed targets and to reinforce their role in the regional innovation system and at national and European level.
The methodology consists in: a) an ongoing coordination and exchange; b) the establishment of working/coordination groups with cluster managers on specific topics; c) the support to cluster initiatives and the involvement of cluster managers in regional initiatives/policy actions.
Main activities are:
- The establishment of a working group “EU strategy”, with the aim to strengthen the participation of clusters in key initiatives and partnerships.
- The establishment of a working group “Communication” defining common standards and tools for communication and supporting cluster managers in better communicate their role, activities and results achieved, thus increasing their attractiveness towards SMEs.
- The involvement of cluster managers in the strategic dialogue for the preparation of the most significant regional internationalization measure.
Main outputs: two working groups established (Communication and EU strategy); mapping of the existing collaboration throughout EU regions; mapping of EU initiatives to identify joint lobbying opportunities; definition of communication messages and tools; joint organization of infodays.
5M€ funded under the ROP-ERDF 2014-2020.
The regional funding covers part of the costs incurred for Innovation Clusters Management for the next three years.
Evidence of success
Common objectives and good collaboration spirit are the main key success factors. Substantial results are to be expected in a medium-long term. Two first concrete results: the joint participation of Regione Piemonte and Textile Cluster in the RegioTex Initiative and the contribution of clusters in the contents definition of the integrated projects for the internationalization of regional value chains (first step to the integration of clusters into the regional internationalization policy).
Difficulties encountered are mostly related to the existing differences among clusters management bodied (some of them have been merged during the last revision of cluster policy) and mainly to the difficulties to adapt this approach to very different and wide application areas.
Potential for learning or transfer
Despite cluster policies among European regions are not homogenous and not easy to compare, this approach might support others regions to foster:
- New policy support schemes improving the clusters ecosystem;
- Specialisation of the cluster management team.
Sharing experiences, goals and define a common methodology to identify priorities, strengths and weaknesses allow the region to work as a coordinated system. This approach is particularly effective for regions considered in transition that need to become more competitive and resilient in the context of major changes brought by globalisation.
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