"CLUSTERXCHANGE" IN EUROPE: OPPORTUNITY OF EXCHANGE - DISCOVER MORE

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  • Veronica Bocci

WHO MAY BE INTERESTED:

  • SMEs
  • Universities/Research Centres
  • Incubators/Accelerators
  • Digital Innovation Hubs / Fab Labs
  • Clusters
    that are members of DITECFER or of other cluster organisation.

 

The EU project “EXXTRA” led by DITECFER gives to DITECFER shareholders and stakeholders of its wider ecosystem – but however members of a clsuter – to participate in the European pilot-initiative “ClusterXchange”.

WHAT IS THE “CLUSTERXCHANGE”?

It is about the possibility to make an exchange (lasting from 3 days to 30 days) with another European organisation that can be another SME or a Universirty or a research centre or an incubator or an accelerator or a Digital Innovation Hub member of a European cluster, or even with another European cluster itself (i.e.g a railway cluster from another European country you are interested in as a market).

WHAT BENEFITS FROM PARTICIPATION?

– If you make the exchange as “Visiting Organisation” (this means you making the request to ‘spend some time’ with another European organisation to move forward on an innovation / to acquire know-how on a technology of your interest-need / to develop a project / to find a business partner, etc. etc.):

  • you acquire for free know-how of your interest/need from organisations having the necessary competences
  • you widen your European networkd, and perhaps find a project or business partner
  • you acquire promotion for free, since you will benefit from communication and dissemination at national and European level.


– If you make the exchange as “Host Organisation”
 (this means you giving the availability to host a “Visiting Organisation” that can choose you to give answer to its know-how or market needs => in this case you will define priorly what type of organisation you are available to host, for what type of activities and for what lenght of time):

  • you can acquire market information on the country where the Visiting Organisation is based
  • you can exchange know-how / do technological transfer
  • you widen your European networkd, and perhaps find a project or business partner
  • you acquire promotion for free, since you will benefit from communication and dissemination at national and European level.


HOW DOES THE EXCHANGE HAPPEN?

The project was conceived for “physical exchanges” (with you going to another country and receiving for this a flat reimbursement from us up to 1.100 € according to the cost of living in the selected country; or with you hosting an organisation from another country – in this case you don’t receive any reimbursement) but – of course – due to COVID-19 we had to revise this and the EU gives the possibility to start doing also “virtual exchanges” (in this case, not having to incurr in travel/hotel costs, you won’t receive any reimbursement; however you will still have the possibility to then make also a “physical” exchange – with reimbursement – once pandemics were over).

WHERE TO START FROM TO MAKE A “CLUSTERXCHANGE”?
1) Read here further description
2) Start registering your account on the dedicated portal and follow the indications provided in this presentation and/or contact the Operational Manager of the EXXTRA ClusterXchange, Ms Irina Vescu