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Clusters and smart specialization strategies have similar leadership requirements

By TCI Board member James Wilson

One of the issues shaping ongoing work in the TCI Cluster Evaluation Group – which will meet in Barcelona in a few weeks – is a concern to better understand the human element of clusters. We know from experience that the people involved in clusters are critical to their success, but when evaluating clusters and cluster policies this is an aspect that is frequently lost among easier-to-capture indicators. READ MORE



TCI 2016 - challenges and opportunities for innovation clusters in new context

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 8-10 November 2016

The TCI 2016 Global Conference puts challenges and opportunities for innovation clusters in the dynamic context of growing cities, increasing globalisation and rising complexity on its agenda. Renowned speakers like Sherry Coutu, Dominique Foray, Ron Boschma,  Mukesh Gulati and Claire Ruskin will bring in their views on these issues to be discussed during the conference.

Register now not to miss the main annual gathering of cluster and competitiveness practitioners! Call for contributions open until 31 May. 

Early bird for 9th TCI Latin American Cluster Conference ends 1 May

Temuco, Chile, 14-17 June 2016
  • Immerse yourself in the topic of competitiveness, clusters & smart specialization in a Latin American context
  • Get to know first-hand clusters in the region during Cluster Tours
  • Get inspired by international keynotes, such as Vicente Fox, Ex-President Mexico, Eduardo Bitran, Vice-President CORFO and Luis Felipe Céspedes, Minister of Economy of Chile.

Last days to register with early bird fee for our 3rd Oceania Cluster Conference!

Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 June 2016

Dont' miss three days of intensive conference features:
  • Day 1: Cluster tours to initiatives in South Australia
  • Day 2: Summit day focusing on the collaborative nature of clusters and the innovation leadership they inspire
  • Day 3: Workshops to commence mapping regional capabilities and competitiveness for innovative clusters


Thanks to the many contacts and good collaboration within the TCI Network, a European cluster tour has been organised this April for the Managing Director and Chair of Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL). During their tour, they meet TCI members in the UK, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, France and Spain, ending in Barcelona at the TCI Network Secretariat. The organization of study visits is a service that we offer for TCI members. Contact us for more information.


TCI supports the Transylvanian Cluster Conference

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 23-24 June 2016

Organized by the Northern Transylvanian Clusters Consortium, the event focuses on the importance of open innovation within clusters. During the conference, the participants will have the opportunity to meet potential business partners via the matchmaking platform B2Match. Register your interest on the platform until 7 June.


Why clusters matter - Design to innovate, Denmark

In this testimonial of our series on why clusters matter, Thit Juul Madsen explains how the members of this cluster organization gain competitiveness. On one hand they work with designers and architects to give them more international visibility and on the other hand the cluster works with design as a method of innovation across industry.

Watch the cluster story from Kolding, Denmark


How to best use the TCI online tools - Cluster Initiative Database

For many years now, TCI has been collecting information on cluster initiatives developed worldwide. The information is directly provided by members of the cluster community, hence converting the database in an interactive reference tool open to any person interested. There are currently over 1000 cluster initiatives published. Find out how to get most out of the database and how to contribute with your initative.


TCI Board member Danka Milojkovic receives award


TCI Board member Danka Milojkovic has received the "Captain Misa Anastasijevic“ award, which is given since 2000 jointly by the Media Invent from Novi Sad, the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. She has been awarded for her contributions to the development of enterpreneurship and regional connections and for her encouragement of cross-border connections in the region.


TCI participates in WIRE - Week of Innovative Regions in Europe

TCI will host a session during the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2016. Themed “The Power of Regional Innovation Ecosystems” it will be held on 8-10 June in Eindhoven, host city of the TCI 2016 Global Conference. The session focuses on concrete actions to stimulate competitiveness through clusters in their regions and the challenges they are facing for the future. Confirmed speakers are Board members Klaus Haasis and James Wilson.


Registrations open for 4th Cluster Matchmaking Conference


Warsaw, Poland, 19-20 September 2016

Cluster organizations from all over Europe will meet to find cluster partners for joint projects, to gain knowledge about international clusters, their areas of specialisation and strategy and to discover new opportunities for cross cluster collaboration. Confirmed speakers include many TCI members.


New selection of academic articles on clusters

This month's selection includes an article on How Outward Looking is Smart Specialisation? Results from a survey on inter-regional collaboration in Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3).



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