If you wish to know a bit more about what we actually do. You can get an overview of our main activities here.

Expanding our knowledge base

We will support the knowledge transfer between the cities and regions, the clusters and academia. Regional innovation strategies (RIS3) focus on the strengths of a region – they seldom take into account the synergies with neighbouring regions and the potential of transnational cooperation

Therefore, we will expand our knowledge on how RIS3 can support internationalisation and how clusters can use this. These findings will provide valuable input to the capacity building on political and strategic level.

We also intend to dig deeper into how clusters support SME internationalization and innovation participation. This will provide a basis for cluster capacity building.

The lessons we learn will be published on this website.

Building cluster capacity for innovation

The participating clusters will jointly develop and test tools to improve SME’s innovation skills – and in doing so also build their own capacity for regional innovation support. It will allow the clusters to adapt their services to meet enterprise needs. Our work will lead us to an in-depth understanding of the exact working of Regional Innovation Systems for each region and identify bottlenecks in the innovation systems.

Activities entail identification of existing innovation support measures – specified per renewable energy technology (RET) value chain and covering each step of the innovation chain on Technology Readiness Level 5-9.

The activities will also lead to an understanding of how to develop and carry out interregional innovation activities for SMEs around innovation support measures already tied into regional RET value and innovation chains.

A model for synergetic interregional cooperation, where SMEs can profit from innovation and business opportunities through the alignment of interregional innovation and value chains is unique. It will contribute significantly to existing projects and initiatives like Enterprise Europe Network and European Cluster of Excellence Initiative.

Building political and strategic capacity

By bringing together regions, cities and clusters, we can create the basis for discussing how smart specialisation strategies can be optimised to support SME innovation across borders. Our aim is to stimulate the international competitiveness of the region and extend the innovation collaboration between clusters, regions and cities.

We will develop and test new practices for building an international dimension into regional smart specialisation strategies, with a particular focus on living labs and how a coordinated effort from clusters and cities play a key role in this.