innoSmart is a European initiative to develop emerging and sustainable industries based on creativity by:

  • Identifying creative new uses and applications for current technology
  • Expanding the use of innovations and current technology to new sectors and industries.
  • Identifying applications that lead to a more efficient use of resources.

innoSmart  supports these three types of entrepreneurial project and encourages intersectoral and international collaboration.

innoSmart also promotes an exchange of ideas and structured political dialogue with equivalent bodies in other regions and experts who give advice on developing better policies and provide tools to promote clusters and entrepreneurship in support of emerging industries.

Entrepreneurs, innovators, companies and entities that work within the field of entrepreneurship and business in countries participating in the CIP Programme (EU Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) can interact and collaborate by registering through the Collaboration Portal.

Creativity workshops will be used to encourage the identification of innovative projects and help create groups that bring together candidates in innovation (innovators, entrepreneurs, experts, the unemployed with sector-specific knowledge, etc.), national and international experts and user/collaborating companies.

The 25 strongest projects with the greatest possibility of reaching the market will benefit from a customised mentoring service with participation from international mentors and a choice of Innovation Vouchers. These include such services as digital business, ICT infrastructure, business development, technological coaching, intellectual property rights, access to European financing, positioning services for the European market, communication and business cooperation. These projects will be presented at the innoSmart closing conference. More information.

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innoSmart is a European project run in the Region of Madrid with participation from numerous European collaborators. The project is coordinated by the Madri+d Foundation for Knowledge and its partners include four regional clusters: Madrid Biocluster, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Cluster, ITC Audiovisual Cluster and Madrid Spanish Platform Cluster. The project is coordinated by the Madri+d Foundation for Knowledge and its partners include four regional clusters: Madrid Biocluster, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Cluster, ITC Audiovisual Cluster and Madrid Spanish Platform Cluster.

The Madri+d Foundation for Knowledge is an non-profit organisation that was created in 2002 on the initiative of the Regional Government of Madrid (General Directorate for Universities and Research, DGUI) with the aim of strengthening and coordinating the Regional R&D System of Madrid through joint projects and initiatives in the following areas:

  1. Technology-based start-ups
  2. Technology transfer,
  3. European research area,
  4. Science and society,
  5. Quality of the higher education system.

In line with the aims of the DGUI, Madri+d promotes the growth of science and technology knowledge through the technological portal, stimulating technological innovation and consolidating joint action between scientific and business communities, supporting TT and marketing activity, developing a framework that encourages entrepreneurship through R&D projects, supporting participation in European R&D programmes and improving the quality of the higher education system in the Region of Madrid.

The technological entrepreneurship area ( has backed the creation of over 300 technological companies through services such as: management training, mentoring and specialised consultation (; investment readiness; the search for financing (Business Angel Network madri+d); developing business models; support for internationalisation; networking and team building events; support for TT (Madri+d is Coordinator of the regional consortium of EEN) and legal consultation; dissemination through the media and its website. Madri+d actively participates in European Programmes and Projects and is involved in networks such as EBN, EBAN, ERAWATCH, EURAXESS and ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK.

Contact details:
Eduardo Díaz Sánchez
Teléfono +34 917816570

The Community of Madrid Biotechnology Cluster was created at the end of 2007 with the aim of boosting biotechnology development in the region. It is comprised of over 30 companies and public/private entities that intend to make the Community of Madrid a business focus point in the field of biotechnology through cooperation between companies and the government, universities, research centres, hospitals and industries.

MADRID BIOCLUSTER aims to consolidate a more competitive biotechnological business fabric by actively involving all participants in the biotechnology sector, who represent engines that can develop and change the production model in the Community of Madrid.

MADRID BIOCLUSTER makes cooperation between its members reality, making the most innovative biotechnology projects possible, projects that help to strengthen our industrial fabric and boost the international competitiveness of our companies. One of its specific aims is business cooperation between companies, universities and research centres.

Contact details:
Madrid Biocluster
José Abascal, 56 – 3ª planta
28003 Madrid-España
Tel: +34 91 399 74 42
Fax: +34 91 441 41 55

Managing Director:
Rogelio Pardo Calvelo

The Sustainability and Renewable Energy Cluster is a non-profit entity that aims to be a leading forum in the Community of Madrid, Spain and abroad in the areas of innovation, training and business activity development, promotion and study, contributing to developing the sustainability and renewable energy sector in the Community.

The Cluster focuses on the following areas:

  • Assisting new businesses, projects and sources of financing for its members
  • Encouraging innovation and R&D related to the various types of renewable energy in the Community of Madrid, as a leader in alternative energy
  • Promoting public/private cooperation at every level: universities, scientific and technological centres, SMBEs, large companies, public institutions and industrial associations
  • Supporting the internationalisation of the sector, boosting transnational cooperation (technology and knowledge transfer, etc.) and backing leading European projects to promote renewable energy and public policies at a Community level
  • Developing, attracting and motivating highly specialised individuals with support from educational and research institutions.

The Cluster was included in the Special Register of Innovative Business Associations of the Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism as an organisation with an excellent strategic plan. The Cluster is part of the Madrid Network, a public/private network of over 750 partners.


Sustainability and Renewable Energy Cluster
José Abascal, 56 – 3ª planta 28003 Madrid-España
Tel: +34 91 399 75 79
David Martínez Calleja
Managing Director
Tel: + 34 913 997 439
Fax: +34 914 414 155

Madrid ITC Audiovisual Cluster (MAC) is a non-profit business association that was created in 2007 and declared an “Innovative Business Association of Excellence” by the Spanish Ministry for Industry. MAC is a triple helix cluster that focuses on ITC and cultural and creative industries with involvement from public bodies and R&D centres, universities and businesses.

MAC has the following aims:

  • To boost innovation and industrial competitiveness,
  • To promote business models that encourage the search for new technology and digital content,
  • To contribute to the development of R&D in every area related to ITC and culturally creative industries.

MAC offers support and services to its members in the areas of R&D, collaboration projects, business development, access to financing, building networks, training and internationalisation. MAC is a member of NEM Platform, Europeana Network, European Cluster Collaboration Platform, European Creative Industries Alliance, the Spanish Ministry for Culture (Distribution Committee for Audiovisual Works), Broadcast International Trade Fair and FICOD (International Forum on Digital Content), among others.

Contact details
Ciro Acedo
Tel: +34 913 997 583

Madrid Spanish Platform was created to benefit companies in the sector and other sectors that are indirectly involved due to a carry-over effect. It was born out of a situation where there was an evident need to change the traditional economic model.

By grouping together interconnected businesses and institutions related to the field of the Spanish language, the cluster aims to increase the competitiveness of companies that are geographically close to one another, in the Community of Madrid, and are linked by common features. The aims of the cluster are to:

  • Contribute to the efforts of companies and institutions to make the Region of Madrid and the rest of Spain a world leader in Spanish, economics and industries related to the Spanish language
  • Achieve synergies between different social agents
  • Improve companies' competitiveness and ensure their survival in the local and international market
  • Establish a leading brand and image for all economic activities related to the second most studied foreign language
  • Boost internet presence through the use of high quality resources and reliable information
  • Increase activity at fairs and congresses linked to the industry of the Spanish language

Contact details
Iris Córdoba Mondéjar Tel. +34 91 889 50 61

Partner Regions

Clusters and entrepreneurship in support of emerging industries

Emerging industries could particularly take advantage from the shared opportunities that clustering provides. The European Union supports six projects across Europe in the funding programme "Clusters and entrepreneurship in support of emerging industries" within the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).

The partner projects work together in the terms of common policy learning and in the provision of business support, networking and entrance to clusters for their generated project ideas at a European level.

All projects have run over two years, started in February 2014.

1. Rhône-Alpes/France


The project aims to build upon 4 clusters focused on different technological and industrial sectors (medical technology; biotechnology; micro-nanoelectronics & sofware; polymers & composites industry) in order to apply new cross-sectoral value chains for personalised medicine industry.

2. Solent Region/UK


The aim of LoToNo is to create a vibrant network and a positive collaborative environment to support emerging, low carbon, resource-efficient industries. LoToNo takes a cross-sectoral approach and includes normal businesses (in any sector) that want to diversify into the low carbon market and drive forward the evolution to the low carbon economy.

3. Flanders/Belgium


The project aims to establish a support system for emerging industries in personalised healthcare applications sector treating with nanotechnologies and biotechnologies as main KETs. In the long run the project targets the development of an affordable care and cure system, taking into account resource scarcity and environmental issues

4. Slovenia


The target of structural change from a polymer to a biopolymer based industry, this project wants to develop a joint platform of regional clusters to support new business based solutions stemming from the use and transformative power of advanced polymer materials and technologies.

5. Saxony/Germany

C3-Saxony (Dresden)

The project aims at developing a sustainable supporting scheme for emerging industries with a focus on incubator models and services for SMEs in the sectors of mobile services and personalised medicine. It strongly draws on KETs in the fields of microelectronics, nanoelectronics and biotechnology in order to shape new globally competitive industrial value chains. The project has an impact potential to create smart systems for transport & mobility as well as smart healthcare, create approximately at least 1000 new jobs and an increase in turn-over of the incubated projects/companies of minimum 20%. In addition, it has a transferability potential for East European regions.

Websites of general interest Cluster and cluster network websites