TCI Services
30 January 2017



The TCI Mentoring Program seeks to match experienced cluster practitioners within the TCI Network, our mentors, with cluster newcomers and talents in an early stage of their careers, the mentees, also TCI members.


The start of the TCI Cluster Mentoring Program 2016 was a big 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. 


Now the application for the next round is open. If you are looking for reflection of your situation and exchange of ideas and cases with experienced cluster practitioners, apply now. On a regular monthly basis and through online dialogue, mentors will offer support to mentees looking for guidance in their learning journey to become more professional. 


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


Interested? Fill in the Mentee application form before 31 March.  For further information, please contact our Board members Klaus Haasis: or Merete Daniel Nielsen:


The Mentoring Program is an exclusive service for TCI members. Not a member yet? Join the leading network for cluster practitioners now! Full details on your benefits can be found here.