21 May 2019

 

The city of Antwerp will host the 22nd TCI Network Global Conference from 8 to 10 October 2019, organized by Flanders Investment & Trade in partnership with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) and VisitFlanders. This was announced during the ceremony of the Passing the Torch that took place at the 21st TCI Global Conference, on October 17th in Toronto, Canada, and was lead by TCI President, Merete D. Nielsen, from Cluster Excellence Denmark.

 

 

In Antwerp, experts from around the globe will be gathering in a forum setting—while seeking to make headway in the domains of cluster development, regional competitiveness and innovation support. At the TCI 2019, Flanders will showcase its clusters and its expertise in cluster development, while providing ample occasions for international networking.

 

 

Two main types of clusters

As part of its official cluster policy, Flanders has launched various innovative business networks. These networks aim to create a dynamic within a group of companies, and are expected to implement a concrete action plan:

  • by fostering intense cooperation between the participating companies;
  • resulting in demonstrable economic added value.

Launched over a year ago, Flanders’ spearhead clusters constitute a second type of cluster in the region. These initiatives boost long-term and cross-sector collaboration projects for enhanced innovation in some of Flanders’ most advanced and promising sectors: chemicals (Catalisti), food (Flanders’ FOOD), energy (Flux50), logistics (VIL) and sustainable materials (SIM).

 

Local clusters with global potential

Putting Flanders’ spearhead clusters on the global map is a key goal of Flanders Investment & Trade, as part of ‘Vlaanderen Versnelt’ or ‘Flanders Accelerates’. This refers to the official internationalization strategy aimed at promoting the region’s global potential in five main domains:

 

Download the ebook to find out more about how Flanders supports innovation through cluster development.

To know more about the conference, click here.

 

Take a look at the promotional video for the TCI 2019 Global Conference here: