International Development Plans
Topic of the practice
The Rhone-Alpes Region supports the internationalization of Rhone-Alpes' clusters and competitiveness clusters by financing actions (fares, interclustering, exploratory missions, B2B meetings, international watches, training sessions, etc.) that will strengthen the international visibility of both the clusters themselves and their members.
Good Practice Information
For several years now, the Rhône-Alpes Region (France) has been supporting the internationalization of the clusters within its territory. At its request, each year some of the Rhone-Alpes Clusters and the regional Competitiveness Clusters set up an International Development Plan (IDP). IDPs are action plans gathering international collective actions (fairs, interclustering, exploratory missions, B2B meetings etc.) that involve the clusters themselves and/or their member SMEs. The Rhône-Alpes Region, then, subsidizes these actions.
IDPs have several goals: to increase the number of companies involved in an international development process, to encourage the competitiveness of companies within international markets, to strengthen the international visibility of the industry and the entire region.
IDPs result from the international strategy of the clusters, the opportunities identified through market and technology watches and the members’ expectations and needs. They are conceived during the international committees that gather all the relevant local, regional and national stakeholders dealing with internationalization. Among them, ERAI was especially commissioned by the Rhone-Alpes Region to support clusters to set up their IDPs.
Evidence of success
By aiming at increasing clusters’ and companies’ competitiveness on an international scale, IDPs contribute to promote the dynamism of both the regional authority and the whole Rhône-Alpes territory. Currently, 17 clusters in Rhône-Alpes have an IDP and the number of SMEs benefiting from a grant of the Rhône-Alpes Region, through the IDPs, is increasing. Moreover, IDPs enhance the creation of a collective dynamic: companies working in the same sector are encouraged to exchange and share experience and best practices between them.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Elisabetta SCHENA Marie-Christine DECAESTECKER
ERAI - Entreprise Rhone-Alpes Interational
Annex completed on: 10-12-2012