Organisation Profile: The Organic Product cluster is a recently (2006) established cluster covering the whole country and aiming to promote organic products and support organic farming in Greece. FORTH is between the founding members of
Cluster’s activities include:
Supporting international/national cooperation
information on new technologies/methods in organic farming
The cluster comprises of organic food producers, food industries,
organic farms, consulting and certification organisations.
A) Organic Product Cluster (OPC)
Joint Activities (OPC - FORTH) :
Company mission in Biofach 2007, Nuremberg, Germany
International Technology Transfer event and workshop, Detrop 2007
Profile: HBio is aiming at the promotion of the Greek Life Sciences business sector and the facilitation of business & research collaborations between Greek and foreign companies and research groups.
- Started in 2004, legal entity was set up in 2006
- FORTH: main driving force for HBio’s establishment, founding member animator of the cluster.
Cluster activities include:
Networking with basic players in GR, incl. policy makers
HBio & member’s activities promotion at GR/ international level
Facilitation of international co-operation and technology transfer
The cluster comprises Greek companies in the sector s of Biotechnology, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals and Services .
C) Hellenic Bio Cluster (HBio)
Recent Joint Activities ( HBio - FORTH) :
Joint stand at MEDICA 2006
Networking with other Life Sciences clusters
Information & Support on Innovation financing ,
promotion of partner searches for FP7 projects
Contact Person: M s Rosa Kardara , E-mail: rosa @help-forward.gr , Tel: +30 2 10 3607690, Fax: +30 210 3636109
D) Social Economy Cluster
Location : Crete
Organization profile : The development of the cluster is based on the Leader+ and EQUAL EU programmes
Social economy enterprises have been established through Leader & Leader+ programmes in the rural areas of Crete. Main activities are production of local products (women cooperatives).
The cluster is supported through EQUAL programme and includes
women cooperatives, individuals working in rural areas and co-
operations of handicapped people.
Expected to start late 2007
Contact Person: Mr A.Saitakis, Science and Technology Park of Crete E-mail:email@example.com Tel: +30 2810 391908 , Fax: +30 2810 391906
MUTUAL LEARNING PLATFORM SPIN OFF CREATION AND TECH/TRANSFER RTD COLLABORATION E) Regional Innovation Pole of Crete IT TECHNOLOGIES BIOTECHNOLOGIES MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATIVE SERVICES ENERGY IT REGIONAL FORESIGHT REGIONAL BENCHMARKING MANAGEMENT OF THE GROWTH POLE INNOVATION POLE IN CRETE (2007-2008)
Services of the hub
Organising tailored inward cluster missions, based on Tech. Watch/ Market Research
Pursuing networking and lobbying with regional (and international) authorities, policy makers and economic development players
Organisation of meetings/ workshops/ info-days
Supporting business development by networking members with national funding organisations and private equity/ venture capital firms
Promoting the collective views & interests of its members to the National Authorities
Facilitating the settlement of issues related to the economic/ legal/ regulatory framework in the relevant business sector in Crete/ Greece
Organisation of outward company missions to innovative cluster regions in Europe and inward company missions tailored to members needs
Supporting members for participation in international brokerage events
In most cases clusters not fully operational
National/Regional Funding is available for the creation and growth of clusters
Strategic Research agendas are often missing
Efforts to create a mega-cluster
No sign for regional competitiveness and job creation