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The art of cluster management
By TCI Board member Vincent Dugré

The complexity of cluster initiatives comes from the vast array of stakeholders that constitutes the governance and the membership of a cluster organisation. Discover the key elements of result-based cluster management, a great tool to integrate in the cluster development strategy and the evaluation process. READ MORE




TCI members from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. participated in the last meeting of the TCI Cluster Evaluation Group held in Barcelona on 19-20 May, hosted by Acció. Main outcome was the validatiation of evaluation tools: “perfect cluster” framework, guiding principles and evaluation survey questionnaire. In addition, TCI member organizations in different stages of cluster evaluation shared their experiences. All workshop material is available on the event's page.


TCI 2016: last days to submit your contribution! Deadline is 31 May

Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 8-10 November 2016

Make sure to send us your contribution by 31 May, so as to opt for a place in the program and have the opportunity to speak to your international peers.

Share your knowledge and work alongside your colleagues to develop new ideas and propositions. By contributing with your insights and experiences, you will help make the conference a highly interactive learning experience for all of us.

TCI 2016: learn, discuss and engage with peers during Cluster Tours


From the very start of the conference, you can explore clusters in and around the Brainport region. Cluster managers will guide you through a day of inspiring stories on cluster development, cluster cooperation and current cluster challenges. Cluster members, ranging from companies (both innovative SMEs and internationally known OEMs) to knowledge and educational institutions will add their perspectives and experiences. Each tour also has several places that are fun and interesting to visit, such as campus locations, start-up hubs, research centres or field and test labs.


Last days to register for our 3rd Oceania Cluster Conference!

Adelaide, Australia, 1-3 June 2016

Don't hesitate, you are still on time to register!
  • Day 1: Cluster tours to initiatives including Specialty Vehicles, Aerospace; Food & Wine; Water Industry Alliance; Musitec and MedDev SA Alliance.
  • Day 2: Summit day with international key note speakers, such as Christian Ketels and Ifor Ffowcs-Williams
  • Day 3: Workshops to commence mapping regional capabilities and competitiveness for innovative clusters

Registrations still open for 9th TCI Latin American Cluster Conference

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: Sustainable Tourism, Agro-Aquaculture, Secondary Timber Industries, Meat & Dairy, Innovation Ecosystem & Technology Hub, Antioxidants & Functional Foods
  • 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.

TCI participates in European project to leverage cluster policies for successful implementation of RIS3

TCI is an advisory partner of the Interreg Europe project  “Leveraging Cluster Policies for successful implementation of RIS3” - CLUSTERS3 led by our member SPRI and starting in May 2016 with a first interregional workshop in Bilbao, Spain.
TCI will provide experiences and knowledge to the project based on its own expertise developed over the past years and will connect the project itself with the wider community of practitioners in Europe and worldwide.


TCI workshop in Singapore on cluster-based economic development in Asia


On 6 June 2016, a workshop will be held in Singapore jointly organized by the National Reasearch Foundation Singapore, the World Bank Group and the TCI Network, and led by our President Christian Ketels. Participants include policy makers and economic development organizations from across Asia. It aims to provide a platform to move the discussion on key issues facing Asian economies further. This could eventually lead to the creation of an Asian TCI Chapter.


Why clusters matter - Guatemala

In this testimonial of our series on why clusters matter, In this testimonial of our series on why clusters matter, Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke, Mesopartner, shares the story about the emergent video game and digital animation industry in Guatemala.

Watch the cluster story from Guatemala


Open innovation in the heart of Transylvania


Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 23-24 June 2016

TCI is one of the supporting organizations of the Transylvanian Cluster Conference, organized by the Northern Tranylvanian Clusters Consortium. The conference agenda includes five major topics: IT&C and creative industries, Energy efficiency, Agribusiness, Innovation in the furniture industry, New materials and technology.


New selection of academic articles on clusters

This month's selection includes an article on Cross-border regional innovation systems: conceptual backgrounds, empirical evidence and policy implications, by T. Makkonen, and S. Rohde.



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