The initial meeting of the C2Future project (Cities of the Future) was held in October, online, due to the current situation caused by COVID-19.
The project, which lasts two years, aims to create and maintain cooperative links between European clusters in the field of smart cities, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs through innovation and development of new products and services with higher added value in third country markets. The project is funded with 200,000 euros from the European program COSME, and the consortium consists of 6 clusters from different sectors:
Cluster for Digital Transformation and Innovation (DTI); ICT cluster, Bulgaria (leader)
ICT Network; ICT cluster, Serbia
GreenHome; Building cluster, Italy
HAMAC; ICT cluster, Greece
Lombard mobility cluster; Mobility Cluster, Italy
ICT Network will lead WP Building European Strategic Cluster Partnership. The main aim of this WP is creating, operating and sustaining effective C2Future partnership by defining a common identity, foster interregional collaboration among clusters and their SMEs, developing joint promotional activities and identifying new potential strategic partner across Europe.
The project will add value to SMEs in establishing international and cross-sectoral contacts, by agreeing on a common internationalization strategy, taking into account different business models in different industrial sectors in smart city areas.
COSME is a European Union program for the competitiveness of companies and SMEs that helps entrepreneurs and SMEs get started, access financing and internationalization, in addition to supporting the authorities to improve the business environment and facilitate the economic growth of the European Union.