From the 6th to the 9th of November 2018, inno TSD with U.S. project partner SRI, led a visiting delegation of 12 American business associations, research and innovation networks, and cluster organizations representing nine U.S. states to the European Union (EU), within the framework of BILAT USA 4.0 H2020 project funded by the European Commission.
BILAT USA 4.0 aims to enhance and develop science, technology, and innovation (STI) partnerships between the U.S. and Europe. Inno TSD is the leader for the activity specifically focused on the intensification of interactions between EU and US researchers and innovators as well as the support to clusters, networks and companies going international, and as such was the responsible for this cluster visit.
The U.S. delegation was composed of cluster-like organizations in the fields of clean energy, clean tech, sustainability, smart cities, and e-mobility interested in cooperation with clusters and the stakeholders of the R&I ecosystem in the EU. These organizations include: Austin Technology Incubator / IC2 Institute, California Technology Council, Fort Collins Economic Health Office, JobsOhio, Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, PureBlue, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, Smart Cities Council, The Vault, Urban Future Lab, and William Factory Small Business Incubator.
On the 6th of November the visit took off with a knowledge-sharing Roundtable held in collaboration with Cluster Excellence Denmark and International Cleantech Network, at the Danish Arkitektur Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. The roundtable focused on knowledge exchange and good practices for cluster management, and provided the 32 participants an opportunity to learn from peers and experts. Presentations included an overview of both the U.S. RDI and academia-industry collaboration ecosystem, and the European cluster landscape and cluster support tools offered by the EU (e.g. European Cluster Collaboration Platform, ENRICH in the USA initiative). Following the roundtable, delegation participants had the opportunity to take part in a co-creation workshop “Building New Transatlantic Cluster Collaborations” and participate in a networking session with over a dozen EU clusters and networks.
Following, the participants spent four days visiting numerous cluster and other relevant organisations active in the “green sector” in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. These included Cluster CLEAN, House of Energy, Lifestyle and design cluster, State of Green, Sustainable Business Hub, Nordic Edge Cluster, DSP Valley, EnergyVille, imec, Flux 50, Clean Tech Delta, and many others. The visits enabled the US delegation to understand how European clusters work, learn about the STI landscape in Europe and innovation in the sector. This visit served as an entry-point to explore the newly established European connections in the future, hopefully resulting in cluster-to-cluster collaborations and/or in collaborations between their cluster/network members.
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