The Mentoring Program of TCI Network is aimed at improving the skills and competences in management of cluster initiatives and programs of our members. The program seeks to match experienced cluster managers within the TCI network (mentors) with cluster newcomers in an early stage of their careers (mentees). On a regular monthly basis and through online dialogue, mentors will offer support to mentees looking for guidance in their learning journey to become professional cluster managers. The mentoring relationship between the mentor and mentee is built around a 6-month individual “mentoring agreement” that will state the agreed conditions and expectations. The TCI Mentoring Program is free of charge for TCI members.


The start of the TCI Cluster Mentoring Program in 2016 was a success. 7 mentees from Europe, Latin America, Australia and Russia attended the program. We increased our pool of mentors up to 19 mentors from 14 different countries. The second round has now been launched! Become a mentee by filling in this FORM


Here are some areas of knowledge and competences for successful cluster practitioners that could be developed through the TCI Mentoring Program:

Cluster Strategy & Organization Skills

  • Planning and conducting cluster programs 
  • Program / project implementation and management
  • Program / project monitoring and evaluation
  • Evidence-based program design and planning
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Know-how of cluster specific industry dynamics


Cluster Collaboration & Leadership

  • Communication skills, ability to motivate, to be inclusive, to deal with diversity
  • Leadership skills for lateral leadership (leading without power)
  • Team building, project collaboration skills, negotiations, mediation
  • Stakeholder management
  • Preparing and facilitating meetings, workshops, seminars
  • Dealing with uncertainty, barriers, impediments and conflicts


Cluster Entrepreneurship, Start-up & Scale-up

  • Adapting new tools to develop clusters
  • Becoming more entrepreneurial
  • Motivation in uncertain environments



  • International cooperation and networking
  • Analysis and benchmark of similar organizations worldwide
  • Implementation and management of international programs









TCI mentors gathered during TCI 2016 Global Conference in Eindhoven.