Document / search engine: Good Practice: North Rhine Westfalia
Framework project: Bioeconomy Regional Strategy Toolkit
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Website link: https://berst.vito.be/sites/biobased.vito.be/files/GP%20North%20Rhine%20Westfalia%20%28CLIB%29.pdf
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Good practices provide examples of regions that contain one or more successful bioeconomy clusters.Major lessons learned:
Related to Organisation – Stage: Initial/Drive to maturity – Develop a strong cluster organisation body with staff combining skills from industry and academia
Related to Organisation – Stage: Initial – Develop a «Cluster culture».
Related to Actors – Stage: Drive to maturity – Develop a broad network with other institutions from the relevant field as well as with other clusters, both within the country as well as cross-boundary, as this will provide access to latest information as well as a platform for dissemination and promotion of cluster members’ activities.
Related to Actors – Stage: Initial/Drive to maturity/Mature production – Develop an “open & participatory” approach within the innovation communication channels. Communicate and discuss findings, success and failures frequently.
Related to Biomass Supply – Stage: Drive to maturity/Mature production – Foster the cascading use of biomass and the circular economy in order to make full use of biomass potential
Related to Biomass Supply – Stage: Drive to maturity – In order to use primary and secondary biomass as feedstock for bioeconomy applications, consistent stakeholder dialogues and coordination needs to be facilitated.
Related to Products – Stage: Initial/Drive to maturity/Mature production – Steer the development of new products according to the principles of smart specialization, resource availability and market demand and in this respect improve learning mechanisms from other regional clusters with a similar economic or geographical profile
Related to Products – Stage: Initial – Cluster management should be more engaged in and informed about product development of its cluster partners in order to monitor project processes, recognize potential cross-overs and facilitate cooperation.
Related to Funding – Stage: Initial/Drive to maturity/Mature production – The future strategy and perspectives of the cluster should be carefully considered with the participation of the industry.
Related to Funding – Stage: Initial – Ask for cluster participation/membership fee, as it will heighten the value of the membership to companies.
Related to Policies – Stage Initial/Drive to maturity – Subsidies for initial investments can be critical for start-ups
Countries/regions described/represented: Germany, NORDRHEIN-WESTFALEN