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EU tender: Cluster go international

Ljubljana, Slovenia / March 6, 2017
The main objective of the action is to intensify cluster and business network collaboration across European countries and also across sectorial boundaries and to support the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic interest towards third countries beyond Europe and notably in support of the development of emerging industries.

The present call for proposals is targeting actions for two phases, divided in three Strands. Applicant consortia can submit proposals for one Strand only and applicant organisations can be part of maximum one consortium per Phase.

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EU - Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking

26-27June, 2017 – Brussels
The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), in collaboration with the European Commission, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Silicon Europe Worldwide, will organise an EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event, taking place on the 26th and 27th of June 2017 in Brussels (Belgium), in the context of the 3rd EU-Taiwan Industry Dialogue. The aim of the Event is to foster cooperation between European and Taiwanese clusters and business associations.

This call for expression of interest is launched to identify a European delegation composed of representatives of cluster organisations from technology fields in support of the following areas:

• 5G (5th Generation Wireless Systems)
• Circular Economy
• Smart Industry
If you want to participate, follow the instructions at

PERMIDES: Vouchers for IT&biopharma cooperation: Call for Proposals open now

Call for Proposals open now

The voucher funding scheme of PERMIDES is aimed at SMEs from the biopharmaceutical sector developing novel personalized medicine products and solutions (e.g. biotech/medtech companies, diagnostics companies, CROs, biobank companies, bioinformatic companies). Only biopharma SMEs, together with IT SMEs, according to the EU definition and established in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries can submit the proposals for funding provided by PERMIDES. To be eligible for funding, project teams need to consist of one biopharma SME as main applicant/beneficiary and at least one IT SME as service provider. Potential project team partners can be found e.g. via the PERMIDES platform offering the need-vs-expertise-based matchmaking of companies from the biopharmaceutical and IT sector.  Biopharma SMEs can avail benefits from this call for obtaining vouchers up to a maximum of € 60,000. IT SMEs can collaborate with various biopharma SMEs in multiple projects, and are not affected by € 60,000 limit. Please note that biopharma SMEs are the beneficiaries of the innovation projects and the costs involved in providing the services by IT SMEs will be funded and paid to IT SMEs by PERMIDES.

Interested biopharma and IT SMEs can apply now:

With the semantic matchmaking platform the biopharmaceutical SME and the ICT partner can jointly tackle an innovation barrier in the value chain using innovation vouchers valued up to60,000 €. Descriptions of the vouchers can be found here:

Save the date: Futur en Seine

8-10 June, 2017 – Paris
As the largest free and open meeting on innovation in Europe, Futur en Seine is the only event that combines business meetings, pitches, demo show, prospective conferences, kids activities, mind-blowing experiences and parties.

During 4 days at the very heart of Paris, Futur en Seine mixes up major digital players, the crème de la crème of youth entrepreneurship and game-changers, creative developers. With more than 30 000 participants each year, the festival celebrates innovation of all kind with energy and ideas coming from around the world.

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German Federal Cluster Week

Germany / April 20-28, 2017
For the first time, a nationwide cluster week will be organized on the initiative of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing in the period from 20-28 April, 2017. The Federal Minister for Education and Research Johanna Wanka and the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel have taken over the patronage. The federal states will actively participate in the implementation.

The Cluster Week aims to present the diversity and strength of the German cluster landscape. Regional cluster activities are presented under one umbrella. The Cluster Week will be opened with the annual conference of the „go-cluster“-programme on 20 April, 2017 at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

Find more about it here!

5th Cluster Matchmaking Conference

21-22 September, 2017 – Stuttgart
For the 5th time BSR Stars hosts the Cluster Matchmaking Conference. The Cluster Matchmaking Conference offers excellent matchmaking opportunities with Europe’s leading cluster organisations, lots of networking opportunities and a thrilling interactive programme in a vibrant and learning atmosphere.

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++Save the date: Bled eConference++

Bled, Slovenia,18-21 June, 2017
Bled eConference has been shaping electronic interactions since 1988. It attracts speakers and delegates from business, government, information technology providers and universities and is the major venue for researchers working in all aspects of “e”.

With fresh ideas and complementary themes the conference wants to establish a creative environment for researchers, government, industry/business representatives and technology providers and an attractive meeting point for discussing new R&D and project ideas, also in the spirit of new Horizon 2020.

Find more about it here!

++Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2017++

Cluj-Napoca, Romania/ June 2017

Following the success of the previous edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under the label of the Dutch EU Presidency, next year’s fifth edition will take place in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania region – Cluj-Napoca

The exact dates of the event which will most probably be mid-June 2017 will be communicated soon.


Luxembourg City, Luxembourg / May 9 - 10, 2017
ICT Spring is a Global Tech Conference hosting an array of International Professionals. This two-day yearly event is held in Luxembourg City, at the heart of Europe, and offers the participants a unique opportunity to deepen their Digital Knowledge, capture the Value of the fast-growing FinTech Industry, and explore the impact of Space Technologies on Terrestrial Businesses, through exhibitions and demonstrations of the latest Tech Trends and Innovations. ICT Spring is also the perfect place to network with peers and future business partners.

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