How do you organise your cluster initiative effectively? How do you segment members and understand their needs? Moreover, what are the ingredients in long-term business- and membership models for cluster organisations? These were some of the key topics, which were covered last week when we together with Oxford Research ran a cluster management training in Athens. The participants were cluster managers from a group of Biotech & Life science clusters from Spain, Italy, Poland and Greece.
The clusters were all established and professional organisations who have joined forces in a consortium funded by the EU COSME program – aiming at cross-pollination, collaboration and mutual learning across European cluster organisations. Quercus Group and Oxford Research were engaged to give the clusters an A-Z cluster management makeover in order to stimulate the clusters to constantly revitalise, professionalize and develop in line with the needs of their members and the surrounding world.
”It’s always fantastic to work so intensely for one week with a group of cluster organizations with big differences and still yet some very similar challenges – although in different scale. Long term business models, membership models, financial models and organisational models are relevant to revisit whether you are a young cluster initiative or a well-established one”, said Nicolai Rottbøll, our CEO who had the honour of working with the clusters. ”I think COSME saw something very right when they launched this kind of program where clusters get to meet and discuss how to work in practice. As an ex-cluster manager I feel that we can really give the participants something they can translate into practice when they return to their busy everyday life in their cluster organizations”, Nicolai continues.
Quercus Group and Oxford Research frequently run tailor-made cluster trainings as well as cluster management intro courses. ”Our next cluster training is open for everybody, cluster manager or not, interested in cluster development. It will take place in Copenhagen 26-27 October 2017. Our experience is that these two days of intense cluster training can create huge differences in terms of regional economic development initiatives out there, so we hope to see a lot of enthusiastic participants in Copenhagen in October”, Nicolai concludes.
Read more about our next open cluster training here and we look forward to see you in fall!