5th Cluster Matchmaking Conference

Funding Options


BSR Innovation Express

Innovation Express represents a common transnational approach for supporting the internationalisation of SMEs through cluster initiatives.

Innovation Express is a joint call for proposals implemented within the framework of the BSR Stars programme. The call is funded by national/regional funding agencies to initiate, develop or enhance transnational cooperation activities – leveraging cluster organisations (or similar) to develop proposals for their SME members. Based on positive experience with previous Innovation Express calls in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, again this year BSR Stars launches a transnational call to support the internationalisation of SMEs – in 2016 with participation from the German Brandenburg region as special “cooperation partner”! 

The deadline for final submissions of the 2017-call: October 31.


CORNET: Collective Research Networking 

CORNET is a network of ministries and funding agencies that combine their existing funding schemes to increase competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Participation in a CORNET project allows SMEs, SME associations or Clusters and research organisations to build an international network and benefit from know-how and resources that might not be available in their country or region. CORNET features high success rates and short time to contract. The bottom-up approach ensures that the project solve common pre-competitive problems of SMEs of a branch or even cross-sectorial issues. Twice a year CORNET issues calls for proposals for international Collective Research projects. Usually, the first call closes end of March and the second end of September. Currently, the 24th Call for Proposals with deadline 27 September is open.

For more information about CORNET visit www.cornet.online or download the CORNET folder for applicants as pdf version.

Missions for Clusters & SMES to Japan 

The EU-Japan Centre organises every year matchmaking missions to Japan for EU Clusters and SMEs.

Scheduled Cluster Missions

The missions last 5 days and are composed of market-specific business seminars, group company visits, one-on-one meetings at a targeted trade fair with showcase and networking events to maximize opportunities for the EU participants. Clusters and SMEs selected to participate in our mission can gets a grant. Read more here

closed since 15 Sep 2017
Registration 3 Apr – 15 Sep
Meeting Selection 21 Aug – 21 Sep
Event 21 Sep – 22 Sep
Language English
Costs Free of charge
Venue Stuttgart
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 189
Meetings 575
Austria 3
Belgium 4
Bulgaria 4
Czech Republic 3
Denmark 16
Estonia 3
France 8
Germany 48
Hungary 6
Iceland 2
Ireland 2
Italy 1
Latvia 9
Lithuania 12
Luxembourg 2
Malta 1
Norway 11
Poland 15
Portugal 7
Romania 4
Slovak Republic 4
Slovenia 1
Spain 23
Sweden 11
Switzerland 1
Ukraine 4
United Kingdom 3
Total 208
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