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Competitiveness cluster policy

On 9 January 2013, the government launched the new phase 3.0 of its competitiveness cluster policy, covering the period 2013-2018.
Clusters are now required to focus more on economic results and job creation, with a view to being a "Future products factory".


The main purpose of a competitiveness cluster is to stimulate companies’ development through innovation, most often within a collaborative framework, and to drive a network. It is also encouraged to carry out numerous other activities to promote company, and more generally, eco-system growth.



The objectives assigned to clusters are as follows :

  • Beyond support for collaborative research projects and in order to become a "future products factory", clusters have to provide support for product launches and innovative products and services resulting from collaborative R&D work.
  • The industrialisation of cluster projects will be supported by Investissements d’avenir.
  • Support for SMEs will be increased in the following ways : access to private funding, internationalisation and the anticipation of skills needs.
  • The range of services offered by clusters to their members must function as a complement to those provided by other parties in their geographical area.
  • They will endeavour to involve training bodies in their work. 
  • They will contribute towards strengthening relations between SMEs and major groups.


Each cluster’s objectives will be stated in an individualised contract running until 2018. The contract will detail technological and innovation challenges and also the associated markets targeted by the cluster.


In 2013, Elastopole produced a strategic road map which will be used as the basis for a performance contract, which it is planned to sign at the end of the first quarter of 2014.


More information on cluster policy at : http://competitivite.gouv.fr/accueil-3.htm

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