Change is accelerating:
A new wave of innovation clusters is on the rise.
Join the Wave!
Clusters are impact multipliers and ideal hotspots for scaling-up innovation. But to meet sustainability goals, systemic change is needed to innovate at the required speed and scale.
Clusters of Change provides mentorship and tools to inspire and help clusters, ecosystems, innovation agencies and governments employ new scalable models and become entrepreneur-driven entities that spur exponential growth. It’s time to move away from ‘clusters-as-usual’ and join the movement for ‘clusters-of-change’!
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Join the Clusters of Change movement and receive free tools to help you lead the change!
From Clusters-as-Usual to Clusters of Change
Clusters unite a critical mass of businesses, investors, policymakers, innovators and academia, within an industry and region. They create millions of jobs, and pay higher-than-average salaries. In Europe there are > 2500 clusters, alone.
Clusters-as-Usual: Inward-looking and one-dimensional. Innovation is either publicly funded and research driven, or entrepreneurial and finance/VC-driven driven.
Clusters of Change: Outward-focused and diversified. Innovation ecosystems are agile, open and active entities, uniting all players and co-creating innovative ventures with their members.
Let’s end reliance on subsidies, and engage more with the investment community. Let’s bring governments and start-ups to the same table to reshape policy. We need to partner in novel ways, and create new virtuous circles, business models, and value creation networks.
“Clusters need to think and act like start-ups, testing, scaling-up what’s successful and creating more robust business models.”
Founder, Clusters of Change
Bianca Dragomir created the Clusters of Change movement to transform clusters into fresh, bold, truly innovative ecosystems where renewal is a continuous process, playing a critical role in advancing our Sustainable Development Goals, no matter their industrial sector.
- Advisor, European Commission Expert Group on Clusters and “Industry 2030”
- Winner, European Commission’s “Cluster Manager of the Year” (2016-2018)
- Ambassador to 2500+ Clusters in Europe
- CEO of Spain’s leading cleantech cluster AVAESEN
- Spain’s National Lead, ClimateLaunchPad Global Green Business Competition
“Bianca Dragomir is one of a cohort of Climate-KIC pioneers who have gone on to apply transition thinking in practice. Her experiences show the potential for mobilising industry in new ways, another crucial arena identified in the European Green Deal prospectus.”
– UK Independent, June 2020
”The 7 Stepping Stones” Model
To catapult clusters into the future, they need to be:
1. Open and multi-collaborative
2. Innovation-driven ecosystems
3. Globally inter-connected
4. Cross-sectoral collaborators
6. Centres for reskilling and upskilling
Our Programmes: Driving Change
Systemic change needs competent change-makers.
Using The 7 Stepping Stones scalable cluster business model as a framework for transition, Clusters of Change helps industrial clusters adopt greener policies, leverage funding to become self-reliant, and serve as regional hubs for a broader movement of change.
Our programmes are offered as multi-day bootcamps, keynotes for larger conferences and one-to-one advisory, often online, designed for the following key audiences:
- Cluster managers & practitioners
- Innovation agencies
- Ecosystem builders
- Visionary governments
Free Resources: Getting Started
Get swept up in the wave of change! Membership to our community is free, and comes with its perks: proven tools and resources that will help guide you in your transition.