Within the framework of the ClusteriX INTERREG IVC project West Pannon Nonprofit Ltd organised a successful Cluster Master Course session in Győr on 24-25 April 2014. The key objective of the event was to give the participating Hungarian clusters a first-hand overview and inspiration about the possibilities of cross-cluster cooperation and internationalisation. Speakers included representatives of successful regions and clusters from both Western and Eastern Europe, providing an opportunity for direct networking, kick-starting cooperations.
The central theme of the two-day event was cross-cluster collaboration and innovation, the formation of cluster cross-link chains. In his welcome speech Mr Ferenc Laki, operative director of West Pannon Nonprofit Ltd stressed the importance of cooperation and joint development for both regions and clusters. Ms Simone Hagenauer, ecoplus. The Business Agency of Lower-Austria, presented the cluster support and cooperation-initiation practices of the province, and the most interesting aspects and practices of the ClusteriX project; Mr Gál Körmendy then outlined the goals and results of West Pannon Nonprofit Ltd as the Hungarian ClusteriX project partner. The two keynote speeches werefollowed by two cluster introductions. Mr Benjamin Losert showcased the Mechatronics Cluster of Lower- (and Upper-)Austria and the competence matrix methodology they use – one of the most popular good practice in the ClusteriX project; finally Mr András Gonda and Mr György Szügyi , presented the case of the ArchEnerg cluster, a good practice of cluster management competence development from Hungary.
The second day explored the different aspects of cluster internationalisation. Ms Emily Wise, programme manager of the Swedish VINNOVA innovation agency and researcher at Lund University spoke about the opportunities of internationalisation and relevant EU funding concepts. Ms Tiphaine Barruel presented the initiatives aimed at supporting the international expansion of the clusters and enterprises in and by the Rhône-Alpes region of France and ERAI. Mr John Murray, growth clusters ltd., gave a presentation full of practical advice for the successful export-orientation of clusters without outside funding. This day included the introduction of two successful clusters as well, Ms Cornelia Muraru-Ionel presented the IND-AGRO-POL Romanian Agricultural Machinery Competition Pole, while Ms Genoveva Hristova gave a rousing finale about the history and results of the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster. The inspired participants brought together a very lively and interesting workshop discussion about the topic of the day, closing the event on a high note.