RDA Brisbane, with the co-operation of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, arranged for a delegation from Australia's Industry Growth Centres to attend the 19th TCI 2016 Global Conference Global Changes, Challenges for Innovation Clusters in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) in November 2016.
The Australian Government's Industry Growth Centres initiative is an industry-led approach driving innovation, productivity and competitiveness by focusing on areas of competitive strength and strategic priority, designed to help Australia transition into smart, high value and export-focused industries.
The arrangements were made through RDA Brisbane's affiliation with the TCI Network - the global network for clusters, innovation and competitiveness.
The conference was attended by over 500 regional innovation and industry policy officers, trade and investment officials and cluster practitioners from around the world and enabled the IGC delegates to connect with global clusters and explore opportunities for international collaboration.
Strategic introductions were facilitated by the European Commission's Cluster Collaboration Platform team including a VIP meeting with Head of Unit for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Pre and post conference visits enabled delegates to learn from some of Europe's leading clusters, providing delegates with a deeper understanding of what factors help make successful clusters.
In 2017 RDA Brisbane will again host the TCI Network Oceania chapter's 4th annual conference focussing on clusters for collaboration and innovation to drive regional competitiveness and bolster national prosperity.
RDAs are encouraged to connect the clusters and businesses in their regions to the Industry Growth Centres to keep informed of activities and funding programs in their sectors.