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Field tests to implement good cluster services will start in autumn

Tartu Science Park is preparing for field tests starting in autumn to implement well developed cluster services from Europe in Estonia. Services have been identified in the framework of Interreg IVC project Pooling4Clusters and will focus on strengthening cooperation between universities/research centres and companies and training cluster managers/members.

Pooling4Clusters Project

Project's Objective and Progress

Τhe Pooling4Clusters (Best shared services for regional cluster initiative needs) project aims to develop a platform of "best practices" focusing on the links between Development Agencies (DAs) and Cluster Initiatives (CIs).

According to INTERREG IVC definition,  a good practice is "an initiative or a service provided by Cluster Initiatives and/or Development Agencies (Open collective services, Closed collective services, Partnership services and Individual services) undertaken in the innovation and Knowledge Economy fields. A good practice has:

  • already proved successful several times, 
  • the potential to be transferred to a partners' geographic area, 
  • created added value to the cluster initiatives/ Development Agencies and to their members, specifically SME's. 

A good practice is proved successful when it has reached expected target and measurable results in achieving a specific objective".

Good Practices Selection's Methodology

During the first phase of services identification a total of 96 practices were recorded, which were then evaluated, by all partners, on the following attributes: 

  • Added value to CIs (Financial impact - Diversification - Optimization of means)
  • Added value to DAs (Impact on the attractiveness of the region - Impact on the regional innovation and internationalisation support system coherence - Impact on the enlargement of target enterprise groups)
  • Added value to Enterprises (Strengthening of enterprises competitiveness - Extension of activity fields - Development of synergies and innovative partnerships)
  • Repeatability of service (Repeated or New) 
  • Efficiency (Did the service meet its objectives?)

Field Test process and Good Practices Catalogue

The evaluation process brought about 15 good practices, which constitute the "Good Practices Catalogue". The catalogue provides useful information regarding the added value of each service to the partner's clustering-activity policy and their region.

According to Field Test's process, each partner picked minimum two services to test in his/her region. The testing process will take the form of field testing as follows:

  • Concrete Implementation: actual representation of the selected practice to the RoP
  • Workshops: testing under workshop conditions, questionnaires and interviews with target groups

Field Tests in Estonia

In Estonia the focus will be on strengthening cooperation between universities/research centres and companies. Good practice from Belgium - "Scientific group intermediation" - will be adapted to local needs and conditions.

In addition, Slovenian good practice "Trainings - providing managerial and technical training - and mentorship" will be the base to make a survey on cluster managers' and members' training needs, also offering them solutions on this field.

Active implementation of field tests will start in autumn.

Additional information:

Ms Seren Eilmann, Project Coordinator

seren.eilmann@sciencepark.ee, skype: serenei, ph: +372 7475455

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