• Carla Böttinger

ICN Cluster Internationalisation Best Practices: The EC2i Project


Photo: Waldemar Brandt


Between January 2018 and December 2019, five ICN clusters – Green Tech Cluster in Austria, TWEED in Belgium, CLEAN in Denmark, Tenerrdis in France and Sustainable Business Hub in Sweden – conducted a series of SME internationalisation missions to China and the United States through the EU-funded EC2i project.


The project's implementation focused on three main aspects: strategic partnerships, internationalisation and shared vision:


  • The strategic partnerships pillar focused on analyzing the local markets' states, identifying relevant stakeholders and establishing business collaborations.

  • The shared vision pillar emphasized on the development of tools to help SMEs form cross-sectoral, multinational consortia within those new markets, such as Business Intelligence template, SME directory, etc.

  • The internationalisation pillar focused on consolidating the previous steps and organizing matchmaking missions in the targeted countries.


To learn more about this project and its results, click here.

To learn more about SME Internationalisation Toolkit, click here.

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