Thursday, January 28, 2010

Resources on cluster development

As part of the preparation for a talk at the Japanese Cluster Conference 2010, I came across several interesting websites providing data on policies to support cluster formation, cluster / open innovation activities, and sites with slightly more tenuous - but potentially relevant - content. In case these might be of interest to others, I have grouped links to them below. Also the slides used at the conference can be downloaded from here.

Policies for clusters:
UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills cluster strategy
French Pôles de Compétitivité
European Commission's view on the importance of 'Powerful Clusters'

Everyone wants to be Silicon Valley
Examples of 'Silicon + {geographic feature}'

Open innovation
IfM report on 'How to implement open innovation'
Examples of idea submission websites: P&G and 3M
Examples of open innovation intermediaries: Innocentive and NineSigma.

Corporate R&D and clusters
Examples of companies locating innovation activities within clusters: Nokia and Microsoft
Examples of companies seeking to develop clusters around their R&D facilities: Unilever@Colworth and Philips@Eindhoven

Examples of cluster strategies
Local = Cambridge; Regional = East of England Enterprise Hubs; Cross-border = Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle (ELAT)

Networks within the Cambridge cluster
Cambridge Network
University of Cambridge Enterprise Network