Cluster ACT (Aggregation and Collaboration Tools) is a project aimed to develop a mechanism for maritime clusters’ networking and collaboration with private investors to enhance innovation and business development in the Mediterranean maritime sector, specifically the three targeted sub-sectors of nautical activities, cruising and ports and marinas.
The project is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) under the management of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), an agency of the European Commission founded in 2003 to manage on its behalf several EU programmes in the fields of business support, innovation, environment, climate action, energy and maritime affairs. Its goal is to promote sustainable development while improving the competitiveness of European industries.
It focuses its action on the assumption that:
- Competitiveness through innovation.
- Joint collaboration among diverse competences.
- 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 objectives of the project are:
- To support the development of the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean.
- To promote the creation of networks between maritime groups in the Mediterranean in order to obtain results in terms of maritime technologies, business development and innovation.
- To create concrete tools to raise international collaboration.
- To attract private investment in the nautical, cruise, port, coastal tourism and maritime transport subsectors.
Activities and value chains:
Cluster ACT addresses maritime sector issues and targets two value chains to intercept the needs of three main maritime activities: