August, 24th 2022

DEADLINE: 16 September 2022 

The ECCP is launching a Call for expression of interest to offer the opportunity to universities and other education institutions, regional agencies/authorities and clusters themselves to host the 2-day in person training sessions of the first Cluster Booster Academy that will take place towards the end of February 2023 and early March 2023. 

 

Objectives

Managing a cluster requires, more than ever after the COVID-crisis, a large range of skills to ensure efficient support to European SMEs. This is why a “Cluster Booster Academy” is needed. This is a 4-day intensive series of trainings offered by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. 

The Cluster Booster Academy aims to achieve the following objectives:  

  1. Provide learning opportunities for cluster managers to further develop their skills on topics relevant to the cluster strategy, through tailormade training sessions delivered by experts 

  1. Meet the needs of European cluster management teams in their daily work, in particular to have the capacity to offer innovative, highly professional and diversified services to SMEs 

  1. Offer cluster management teams the chance to learn from each other’s experiences, discover new effective and efficient practices and tools, find inspiration for new services and business models through peer-learning 

  1. Provide the opportunity to cluster management teams to co-shape new European value chains and interlink the 14 industrial ecosystems through the interaction and knowledge sharing 

  1. Support cluster management teams and stakeholders in understanding and contributing to the European policies and programmes related to the global challenges, specifically the digital and green transitions and resilience 

  1. Help in developing better policies related to clusters 

 

Format

The Academy will yearly involve between 25 to 40 participants and will be organised for 4 days in a hybrid format:  

  • 2 days of online training sessions (which will be organised and hosted on a platform managed by the ECCP team) 
  • 2 days of in-person training sessions (taking place 2-3 months after the virtual sessions to have time to put into practice the knowledge/skills acquired. 

The Cluster Booster Academy offers various interesting opportunities for you. Thanks to the presence of up to 40 Cluster managers from all Europe as well as certified and experienced coaches, you as the venue provider can benefit from establishing valuable new contacts and participating in interesting discussions. Furthermore, we expect fruitful synergies to arise between yourself, your network, the training session participants and the ECCP as well as visibility through collaborative promotion activities, before, during and after the training sessions.  

 

Target Audience

This call for expression of interest is addressed to any individual stakeholder or a consortium interested in bringing together stakeholders and cluster managers from across Europe. Thus, it targets regional development agencies, research centers, universities and other similar entities. 

If you are interested in hosting the very first Cluster Booster Academy at your premises in early 2023, please fill out the application form below.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact events@clustercollaboration.eu  

 

Read the Call for expression of interest

Annex I: Application Form

Annex II: White book for venue providers