A successful study tour in Rhône-Alpes

Clusters and SMEs’ internationalisation

Organized by ERAI, the last ClusteriX study tour took place in Rhône-Alpes from 16th to 18th June 2014. This was a great opportunity to have a full overview of the Rhône-Alpes’ good practices in the field of internationalization of SMEs and clusters.

Gathered in an exceptional setting, the headquarters of the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes, about twenty partners and technical experts coming from six countries had the opportunity to learn further about the different instruments developed by the Rhône-Alpes Region and ERAI in order to support both companies and regional and competitiveness clusters in their internationalisation processes.

During the first day, workshops and presentations were hold by Rhône-Alpes professionals. The day was divided into two main parts.

The morning was dedicated, on the one hand, to the presentation of the specific instruments that are aimed at supporting the internationalisation processes: first, the Implantis® facility that has already been awarded many international prices; secondly, the "UP Rhône-Alpes" platform, a growth accelerator that gathers the expertise of ERAI, ARDI, CCIR and Ubifrance in order to provide SMEs and intermediate size companies with a specific support on internationalisation, innovation and financing engineering; thirdly, the outputs from the European project bioXclusters, coordinated by ERAI and that aims at fostering the international development of four European clusters in the life sciences sector. On the other hand, the competitiveness clusters PLASTIPOLIS and LYONBIOPOLE as well as by the Cluster MONTAGNE presented their respective internationalisation strategies and discussed with the partners about them.
The afternoon was dedicated to a visit of MINATEC and MINALOGIC on the CEA’s site in Grenoble. Here again the ClusteriX’s partners had the opportunity to discuss with the MINALOGIC’s international manager about the functioning of the competitiveness cluster and about its international development strategy as well.

The two following days enabled the ClusteriX partners to exchange on their own good practices, to discuss about their integration and transposition in the respective regional policies, as well as to brainstorm on the outputs of the project few months before its end.

Last but not least, the partners seized on the opportunity to push forwards policy recommendations in order to improve the public policies and the support to clusters.