Green Synergy Cluster started a new Cluster Excellence project, launched in November 2016.
TRACE-KEI is a project aiming at enhancing the quality of cluster management, increasing the range of services in the clusters and raising their competitiveness through a cross-sectorial and cross-border cooperation.
The members of TRACE-KEI consortuim are the following clusters:
- DISTRETTO AGROALIMENTARE REGIONALE SCRL (DARe ) from Italy – the coordinator of the project
- INNOSKART VALLALKOZASFEJLESZTESI NONPROFIT KFT (INNOSKART) from Hungary
- EURA-CONSULT AG (BioMA) from Germany
- ASSOCIACAO PARQUE DE CIENCIA E TECNOLOGIA DE ALMADA/SETUBAL MADAN PARQUE (MaPAR) from Portugal
- AGROFOOD MANAGEMENT SRL (AGROCO) from Romania
- GREEN SYNERGY CLUSTER from Bulgaria
- UDRUZENJE KLASTER ZA ENERGETSKU EFIKASNOST (CluEE) from Serbia
The above seven European clusters are in different level of development, but all of them will strength their management skills to provide a better services to the associate cluster members.
The main objective of the project is strengthening the cluster management, in terms of defining medium-long term development strategy and improve the quality of services offered to their members.
In fact, through project activities (i.e. joint training and study visits), cluster managers will be provided with the necessary skills and tools to strengthen these two aspects related to clusters management. As far as strategy development is concerned, cluster managers will get more familiar with analysis of value chains and market foresight, in terms of future development trends and matching with associates and SMEs expectations.
The first project meeting of TRACE-KEI project was held on 13-14 December in Barcelona. Among the activities during the kick-off meeting, the first Joint study visit was held by courtesy of Gold Labeled Cluster FEMAC.
The management policy of one of the biggest Catalan Cluster and its evolution of cluster concept were presented to the project partners. One of the points of the agenda of the Study visit was visitation of a Catalan Cluster Hub, where it was demonstrated how clusters from different sectors work together to extend their market opportunities and gather maximum benefit from it kind of synergy.
At the end of the day the clearly defined excellence oriented developments, training and strategy-building processes will support the service developments/adaptation and the cooperation at consortium level. Moreover, a strategic collaboration with the relevant regional authorities responsible for industry, innovation and economic development will be initiated.