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Tangible cooperation the primary objective

  • Published 30/05/2011
  • Author Páll Tómas Finnsson
Today, Copenhagen receives cluster managers and policy makers from all over Europe, as Denmark’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Charlotte Sahl-Madsen, opens the NGP Cluster Excellence Conference.

Removing barriers for innovation
The idea behind the NGP Cluster Excellence Project first emerged under the Danish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2010.- We wanted to remove barriers for international research and innovation cooperation. Clusters and innovation networks are among the principal tools for companies in search of new partners, and therefore a vital source of growth. This is why we chose to focus on cluster internationalisation, Sahl-Madsen explains.

Shortening the pathway to growth
By joining forces, the Nordics, Germany and Poland can shorten their pathway to increased export and productivity.
- The NGP Cluster Excellence Project has received strong support from the countries involved. We have managed to gather seven countries in this extraordinary effort to promote innovation and growth, Sahl-Madsen continues.
The European Commission has announced that recommendations and analysis from the conference will be used in future cluster initiatives, supporting EU’s 2020 strategy and borderless cluster- and network organisations.

Partnerships open markets
The aim is to create concrete cooperation between clusters and network organisations in Europe. Specific funding has been made available for cooperation established through the project.- We hope to encourage project collaborations between European SMEs, increase knowledge flow across the borders and open new markets through partnerships, thereby creating new export adventures for all, says Charlotte Sahl-Madsen.


NGP Cluster Excellence participants

The following organisations participate in the Nordic-German-Polish Cluster Excellence Project:



  • DASTI – Danish Agency for Technology and Innovation
  • European organisations
  • European Cluster Excellence Initiative
  • ECMC - European Cluster Managers’ Club


  • Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation


  • Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Infrastruktur, Verkehr und Technologie
  • Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie
  • Cluster Offensive Bayern
  • Kompetenznetze Deutschland


  • Innovation Centre Iceland
  • Rannís – The Icelandic Centre for Research

Nordic collaboration

  • Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Nordic Innovation


  • Innovation Norway


  • PARP – Polish Agency for Enterprise Development


  • Tillväxtverket – Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth