S3-4AlpClusters
Smart Specialisation Strategies to build an Innovation model for Alp Clusters
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Overview

The competitiveness of a region depends on far-sighted industrial development policies. Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) help to identify new value chains worth developing within two or more industrial sectors present in a region. However, putting the S3 model into practice is often difficult. The S3-4AlpClusters project developed a S3 innovation model in order to overcome four major obstacles that often hinder effective smart specialisation: identifying opportunities, prioritising development options, activating need-based cooperation between regions and finally achieving the desired smart industrial transition. This approach was successfully tested in pilot regions of Alpine Space countries.

Factsheet

  • 2014 – 2020
  • Innovative
  • Improve the framework conditions for innovation in the Alpine space
    • Group 1: To develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem
    • Group 2: To increase the economic potential of strategic sectors
    • Group 3: To improve the adequacy of labour market, education and training in strategic sectors
  • 11/2016
  • 04/2019
  • 2.521.964 EUR
  • 1.929.500 EUR

Partners

HES-SO//FR HEIA-FR - INNOSQUARE CLUSTERS (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Switzerland
  • Espace Mittelland
  • Fribourg
    Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur Ltd.
    • Austria
    • OberAustria
    • Linz
        VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbHClusterAgentur
        • Germany
        • Berlin
        • Berlin
            Veneto Region – Research Clusters and Networks Unit
            • Italy
            • Veneto
            • Venezia
                Poly4EmI hosts by Anteja ECG d.o.o
                • Slovenia
                • Vzhodna Slovenia
                • Ljubljana
                    Innovation and Technology Transfer Salzburg GmbH
                    • Austria
                    • Salzburg
                    • Salzburg
                        University of Franche-Comte
                        • France
                        • Franche-Comté
                        • Besançon
                            PROPLAST– consortium for the plastic culture promotion
                            • Italy
                            • Piemonte
                            • Fraz. Rivelta Scrivia - Tortona
                                Cluster Technologies for Smart Cities & Communities Lombardy Foundation
                                • Italy
                                • Lombardia
                                • Vimercate
                                    Autonomous Province of Trento
                                    • Italy
                                    • Provincia Autonoma di Trento
                                    • Trento
                                        Trentino Innovation Hub
                                        • Italy
                                        • Provincia Autonoma di Trento
                                        • Trento
                                            Lombardy Region Government
                                            • Italy
                                            • Lombardia
                                            • Milano
                                                Bavarian Research Alliance Ltd.
                                                • Germany
                                                • Oberbayern
                                                • München
                                                    Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy
                                                    • Slovenia
                                                    • Vzhodna Slovenia
                                                    • Ljubljana
                                                        Veneto Innovazione
                                                        • Italy
                                                        • Veneto
                                                        • Venezia
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                                                            Outcomes


                                                            • Book: Smart Specialisation Strategies with Smart Clusters - A New Approach to Generating Transformative Activities

                                                              Tool
                                                              This book addresses the challenge of identifying and developing transformative activities for the practical implementation of Smart Specialization Strategies (S3).
                                                              The S3-4AlpClusters project aims at enhancing smart industrial transition in the regions of the Alpine Space by facilitating innovation through cluster initiatives and initiating interregional cooperation. Recent experiences show that the identification and development of transformative activities - i.e. the innovation capacities and actions that have the potential to lead to structural change - remain a significant challenge in the practical implementation of Smart Specialization Strategies (S3). This challenge is addressed in our new book, Smart Specialisation Strategies with Smart Clusters - A New Approach to Generating Transformative Activities. Reference: Bersier, J. and Keller, M. (Eds.). (2019). Smart Specialisation Strategies with Smart Clusters - A New Approach to Generating Transformative Activities. Interreg Alpine Space, S3-4AlpClusters Final Publication.

                                                            • The S3-Innovation Model - Transformative Activities for Regional Development

                                                              Strategy
                                                              The S3-Innovation Model introduces a systematic process for the identification, development and implementation of Transformative Activities (TA).

                                                            • Training Tools for the S3-Innovation Model

                                                              Strategy
                                                              Practitioners will find training tools for the different action lines of the model on this website.
                                                              The main output of the S3-4AlpClusters project is the S3-Innovation Model, introducing a systematic process for cluster initiatives and regions to explore capacities and opportunities for transformation and to facilitate the identification and development of Transformative Activities (TA). Practitioners will find training tools for the different action lines of the model on this website.