TRAns-national Collaboration Empowering Key European Industries -
TRACE-KEI project fits into the EU action for the improvement of cluster management as a mean to strengthen EU SMEs and increase competitiveness. Seven clusters from seven COSME participating countries (Italy, Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, 6 EU and 1 non-EU) will work together to acquire the most suitable skills for cluster managers and upgrade the quality of services offered to their associate, SMEs firstly. The improved dialogue with associates will feed in a cluster development strategy and help matching regional policies with cluster development needs. Finally, the project’s aim is to create a spill over effect among other clusters in the reference territories in order to widen paths for a more intense cross-sectorial collaboration. At the same time, cross-border cooperation opportunities will be ensured through a joint development strategy at Consortium level.
TRACE-KEI project’s approach will be supported by the dissemination strategy that will be pursued in order to involve a wide audience of stakeholders as identified in the following list:
● 284 SMEs TRACE-KEI industrial associates would benefit from the “Custer excellence” practices. At least half of them will directly participate at different level in the design of support services design and in the definition of the cluster strategy;
● At least 40 other clusters’ managers in the reference territories will be acquainted of the cluster management excellence approach and involved to start future collaboration;
● At least 120 other Clusters’ stakeholders, namely Research entities and other relevant organizations belonging to the Clusters’ network;
● At least 14 Policy makers will be invited in regional meetings with project partners in order to discuss strategy and potential supporting clusters initiatives
● 4 other consortia awarded by the COSME Cluster Excellence call;
● 7 EU clusters outside the reference territories where the TRACE-KEI approach will be spread through the Ambassador’s Programme. The dissemination strategy will comply with art. 22 of the Grant Agreement (GA) n. 731126 and will ensure the dissemination of the project results by disclosing them to the public through appropriate means.