Cluster ACT will develop a mechanism for maritime clusters’ networking and collaboration with private investors to enhance innovation and business development
Cluster ACT focuses its action on the assumption that 1) competitiveness through innovation, 2) joint collaboration among diverse competences enables multiple benefits, 3) private investments to support innovation still need to be supported all over EU Regions and in particular in bordering areas that have a strong potential in the near future.
The project involves different types of actors (clusters, research organizations, association of private investors) that will act in the maritime field, with a specific focus on the sub-sectors strongly liked to tourism in 5 Mediterranean countries (Italy, Spain, Croatia, Egypt, Greece): leisure boating, cruising, ports and marinas.
Up to now, the processes of improvement in terms of number of innovative SMEs, collaboration skills between the private and the public sector, awareness about the need of keeping internal know-how updated both in private and public organization have started and need to be supported. What private funding is concerned, presently the maritime sector does not seem to be so attractive for investors, despite the fact that all the target countries have a relevant, traditional maritime activity and are well renowned as touristic places for sea tourists as well.