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Start date: 1 January 2013
End date: 31 December 2014

Clustrat has been approved under the INTERREG Central Europe. The project aims at developing common policies that enable existing clusters in established branches and technologies to exploit new and promising markets in order to create new clusters based on emerging industries. More specifically, the project will allow the policy makers to deploy a strategy on new cluster concepts in support of emerging economic sectors, cross technologies and cross sectoral themes.


  • Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation gGMbH, lead partner - Germany
  • Clusterland Upper Austria - Austria
  • National Cluster Association – Czech Republic
  • Business Development Agency of Karlovy – Czech Republic
  • Saxony Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) – Germany
  • Hungarian Economic Development Centre (MAG) – Hungary
  • Hungarian Public Company for Regional Development and Town Planning (VATI) – Hungary
  • Central Transdanubian Regional Development Agency (KDRFÜ) – Hungary
  • Friuli Innovazione – Udine, Italy
  • Piedmont Region, Department for Innovation – Italy
  • Veneto Region, Department of Economic Development – Italy
  • Polish Chamber of Commerce – Poland
  • Lower Silesian Voivodeship (Marshal’s Office of Lower Silesia) – Poland
  • Upper Silesian Agency for Enterprises Restructuring Co. – Poland
  • Public Agency for Technology of the Republic of Slovenia – Slovenia
  • National Agency for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises – Slovakia
  • The Union of Slovak Clusters – Slovakia
  • Cluster AT+R – Slovakia


This strategic project builds on the joined effort of 18 partners that are well balanced with the horizontal and vertical level, promoting the exchange of policy makers with experts and practitioners.
Policy makers are striving for new concepts, which deploy the full potential of clusters to increase economic development and competitiveness. On the other hand, experts and technicians from existing clusters deal with the lack of interrelation among technology based and traditional product or service clusters as well as with the lack of cross-fertilization with clusters in emerging technologies.
In CluStrat the partners join forces to make CE a model region for new cluster concepts, that enable traditional sector clusters to interlink with the new emerging industries of active ageing, sustainable development, sustainable mobility. This is done by fostering the potentials of cross-cutting issues that affect the development and the activities of clusters, in particular gender and innovation, technology transfer and internationalization.
A policy dialogue on regional, national and trans-national level sets the frame for a process of exchange, learning and decision making. An initial mapping process on existing clusters shows the potential in each partner region in regard to the selected challenges (demographic change and energy/climate change) and the related emerging industries, highlighting the potentials for smart specialization for each partner. This combines the existing economic and innovation structure with key enabling technologies, enabling the partners to concentrate on those sectors where they have the biggest potential to become technology or market leaders.
A systematic analysis of cluster potential in relation to emerging sectors and cross-cutting issues in the CE area is the basis for the development of a joint strategy which stimulates cluster development in regard to emerging sectors, through trans-national cluster cooperation, using the potential, for example, of female participation and sustainability. Pilot actions to test strategy elements are followed by policy recommendations and joint action plans, both at transnational and macro-regional level for future programmes and initiatives.

Romina Kocina
Phone +39 0432 629916