Call for interest: EU-Japan clusters & regions event

Call for interest: EU-Japan clusters & regions event

The European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW),  the EU Japan Regional Cooperation Helpdesk in cooperation with the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation and the European Commission’s DG for Regional and Urban Policy (DG  REGIO) organise an EU-Japan Clusters & Regions Cooperation event on 27-29 April 2020 in Strasbourg, France.

The event will promote business opportunities between Japan and COSME countries. Its main objective is to support clusters, European regions and Japanese prefectures in fostering the creation of long-term strategic partnerships between European organisations and Japanese partners.

The event is dedicated to clusters with focus on biotechnology, digital industries, environmental technologies and circular economy related technologies, agro-food, and sustainable tourism.

Who can apply?

Cluster and business organisations from COSME countries whose SME members are interested in developing business collaborations with Japanese clusters and companies are encouraged to respond to this call. Furthermore, as part of the event’s goal to encourage region-to-region cooperation between Japan and European countries, regional representatives are invited.

The event is open up to 25 representatives of cluster organisations and 25 regional representatives from the EU and other COSME countries. Participation of cluster organisations involved in the ESCP-4i programme (European Strategic Cluster Partnership-Going International) is strongly encouraged. Strand 2 ESCP-4i partnerships are required to clearly mention whether Japan is among the target countries included in their internationalisation strategy.

Apply by 17 January 2020 and be selected as one of the event participants. Selected participants will be invited to attend the 3-day event.

You can find the full article and the preliminary agenda here.