The Danish Cluster Policy

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1 The Danish Cluster Policy

2 The Danish Cluster Strategy Focus areas 1. Coordination Forum for cluster policy 2. Professional and excellent cluster organizations 3. Strong international collaboration

3 Coordination Forum for cluster policy Participants: The 5 Danish regions, 3 large municipalities 8 Danish ministries, The Innovation Fund, And a few more Lead by DASTI

4 Cluster Excellence Denmark Focus areas: Supporting clusters and networks with their competence development, professionalisation and internationalisation. Offer a range of services to the cluster managements Financed jointly by the Ministry (½) and the six regions (½) Selected after EU-tender Budget: 0,7 Mill. Euros a year

5 Have the aim of creating growth and knowledge based development for a group of companies. Have an active participation of triple helix actors companies, public institutions and knowledge institutions. Have an formal organisation of the cluster (with at least 1 FTE) that can supply services and activities for the participants on a long term basis. Have a member base of minimum 20 dedicated companies Have at least the bronze label.

6 Internationalisation All Danish clusters have been benchmarked (NGP-project) 6 Danish clusters have achieved the gold label (first re-certfication) and 2 has the silver label Working closely with Enterprise Europe Network Innovation Express program: Small grants for clusters to make cross border collaboration with other clusters ( Euros) 32 innovation express projects in 2011 collaboration with 35 different clusters abroad (6 Austrian clusters) Yearly matchmaking conference for clusters and networks

7 Strategic inter-regional project: FBÖ TransTechTrans initiative Cluster collaboration: DK SH - Skåne DK-SH Cluster-to-cluster projects: Innovation Express: Food Network - Food Industry Cluster Schleswig-Holstein Biopeople Food Regio DK-Skåne cluster-to cluster projects: Food Network Packbridge Service Cluster Denmark - IDEON Agro Food Biopeople - Medicon Village Food Network IDEON Agro Food MedTech Innovation - Teknopol/Mobile Heights Business Center (e-health) Creative Energy Alliance - Animation Hub - LU Open Innovation Center and Media Evolution

8 Innovation Network Denmark The Idea: Create platforms for companies and research institutes to exchange knowledge and enter into collaboration project Objectives: 1. Increase innovation in SMEs 2. Improve R&D-collaboration 3. Create growth within leading Danish industries

9 The Innovation Network program Total grants about 10 Mil. Euro per year Bottom up approach 4 year grants - good possibilities of extensions About Mil. per network per year Grants are for: Operating costs for secretariat Matchmaking and knowledge sharing activities Development of collaboration and innovation projects

10 The 22 Innovation Networks: Are nation-wide (not regional) Open for all interested parties Averagely 300 companies in each network and 9 knowledge institutions but a lot of variation Focus on a technology or a business area Some are traditional clusters - others are cross-sectorial Together they form an infrastructure

11 The 22 Innovation Networks Cluster Policy in Denmark - 18th of March 2015

12 So. what have the Innovation Networks accomplished? Yearly Performance Accounts Scientific based impact study (2011) A survey among the company members of the networks (2014)

13 Performance results for Innovation Networks Performance measure No. of enterprises partipating in networks 3,100 6,900 No. of enterprises participating in collaboration projects 900 1,600 No. of enterprises which have developed new products, services or processes

14 The Danish Cluster Strategy looking ahead Establishing 3 Cluster Leagues world class clusters, national champions and emerging champions Further internationalisation Increased cross-cluster and cross-sectorial collaboration (new growth areas - emerging industries) Clusters should play a more strategic role in the innovation system (coordination with other innovation policy instruments) Develop sustainable financing models and securing adequate financing