11. Nano networks and clusters in Europe – smart specialisation in action
Beta,10/06/2015, 11:45 - 13:15
The concept of smart specialisation can be defined as “an entrepreneurial process of discovery; identifying where a region can benefit from specialising in a particular area of science and technology”. Smart specialisation strategies aim at concentrating resources on the most promising areas of regional comparative advantage, e.g. on clusters, existing sectors and specific research areas. Innovation clusters of different organisations — innovative start-ups, small, medium and large enterprises as well as research organisations — operate in that particular sector and region. They are designed to stimulate innovative activity by promoting intensive interactions, sharing of facilities and exchange of knowledge and expertise and by contributing effectively to technology transfer, networking and information dissemination among the undertakings in the cluster. Local support, oftern provided by the networks and clusters, has been shown to have statistically significant impact to nano companies success: one may survive without a network, but once the basic needs like funding issues are resolved, local support provides competitive advance.
In this session, some of the nano related networks and clusters present their actions and best successes.