18 April 2016
Cluster organisations such as Offshoreenergy.dk help companies grow by initiating innovation and development. With seven gold medals from the EU commission Denmark is number one in Europe.
Offshoreenergy.dk is one of the seven cluster organisations in Denmark that have been certified with a reward that demonstrates excellent cluster work.
Denmark is the only country in Europe that have been honoured with seven of the most distinguished awards for cluster organisations, the ”Cluster Management Excellence Label Gold – Proven for Cluster Excellence’. In everyday speech it is called ‘the gold medal’ and demonstrates excellent cluster management. In comparison Sweden only holds one and Norway three. Among the seven is Offshoreenergy.dk that obtained a recertification last year.
The aim of a cluster organisation is to initiate knowledge sharing and innovation in a specific industry through projects and activities that involves companies and educational institutions. The objective is to create growth and enhance the competitive position in a given industry. The EU gold medal is a stamp of approval that makes it easier for the holder to access funds and find international partners.
Bolette van Ingen Bro is very content with the recognition of the Danish acknowledgement. She is the CEO in Cluster Excellence Denmark, the organisation which supports the 50 innovation networks and cluster organisations in Denmark. Together they help 13,000 companies to become more innovative, so they can grow and create more jobs.
“I think that the cluster work fits very well with the Danish mentality and work culture. There are many small and medium sized companies in the country and they often have a very unformal business approach. This means that they easily enter into partnerships,” says Bolette van Ingen Bro.
On a European level a little less than 1,000 cluster organisations are registered in the 40 countries. Only 67 of these organisations have been awarded with a gold certificate. In Denmark the other six cluster organisations rewarded with a gold label are: Welfare Tech, BioPeople, Clean (a merger of three clusters) and Brains Business.
Did you know that of all the companies that have participated in cluster work:
- nearly 60 % of them have to some or a great extend obtained new, relevant knowledge about technological and/or market trends.
- 44 % of them have to some or a great extend strengthened their competences within product development.
- 60 % of them have developed innovation that has led to new products and processes.
Source: The report from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science – Denmark 2014: Short-run Impact on Total Factor Productivity Growth of the Danish Innovation and Research Support System.
Read more about Cluster Excellence Denmark: www.clusterexcellencedenmark.dk