SPI supported the organisation of a delegation of representatives of European cluster organisations, which participated in a Cluster Matchmaking Event organised in the context of the European Innovation Week in Taiwan (Taipei, May 30th - June 3rd 2016). The delegation was organised in the framework of an initiative promoting international cluster cooperation for SMEs, supported by the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission (DG GROWTH).
The delegation consisted of 23 cluster representatives from 11 different European countries. These cluster organisations represented a range of fields such as ICT, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive, energy, micro- and nano-electronics, and digital technologies.
The event aimed to promote the development of collaborations between European and Taiwanese clusters, business associations and companies; thus, creating greater possibilities for European SMEs to go international towards the Taiwanese market.
During the European Innovation Week, the cluster representatives participated in a Cluster Introduction Session, which included the European delegation of 23 clusters and 9 Taiwanese business association executives. In this session, each participant had the opportunity to briefly present their organisation and their interests for establishing collaborations. Furthermore, the European cluster representatives participated in matchmaking meetings, where they discussed collaboration and partnership opportunities.
Moreover, the European cluster representatives had the opportunity to participate in a range of informative and networking activities, which included several seminars, a guided tour to COMPUTEX Fair, a welcome reception and company visits.