EU4Sports Cluster Aliance Final event: Program


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09:30 – 10:00 Arrival and registration of participants 

10:00 – 10:15 Keynote speech 

Ms Hélène Dage, Deputy Head of SMEs: Clusters and Emerging Industries, European Commission

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission (TBC)

Moderator: Mr Alberto Bichi 

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome address  

Mr José Freitas, Policy Officer, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Unit GROW F2 – Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship

10:30 – 11:15 Overview of the project 


Ms Stefania Pantazi, Project adviser of EASME and project officer of EU4SportsClusters Alliance

Mr Alex Rivera, Cluster Manager of INDESCAT and project coordinator

Mr Rene Wijlens, Cluster manager of Sports and Technology

Mr Alberto Bichi, Co-Executive Director of EPSI

Ms Nathalie Saint-Marcel, Deputy director of Cluster Montagne

Mr Bert Celis, CEO of Flanders Bike Valley

11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break 

11:45 – 12:15 Lessons learnt within EU4SportCluster Alliance 

Moderator: Ms Montse Centellas, Export Manager of INDESCAT 


Participant companies in the trade mission to Cina and/or USA

Kaptiva Sport (INDESCAT)

Snooc (Cluster Montagne)

Inuteq (S&T)

Bioracer (Flanders Bike Valley)

12:15 – 12:45 Panel discussion Clusters and Internationalisation. The future collaboration 

Moderator: Mr Marc Pattinson European Cluster Collaboration Platform Project Director and inno TSD 


Mr Alberto Bichi , Co-Executive Director of EPSI; 

EU Clusters Partnerships from different EU funding programs 

12:45 – 13:00  Closing Remarks and Next Steps 


Mr Alex Rivera, Cluster Manager of INDESCAT SD 

Mr. Pierre Padilla, Senior Consultant at IDEA Consult (TBC) 

Moderator: Mr. Alberto Bichi, Co Executive Director of EPSI

Wednesday November 22nd, 9:30-13:00 uur.

ACCIÓ premises: Rue de la Loi, 227, 3rd floor, B- 1040 Brussels (Belgium)

We are pleased to invite you to attend the EU4Sports Clusters Alliance Final Conference on “The Internationalisation of SMEs”, which will take place on November 22nd at ACCIÓ premises: Rue de la Loi, 227, 3rd floor, B- 1040 Brussels (Belgium).

EU4SportsClusters Alliance is a project co-financed by the European Commission to implement and test a Joint Internationalisation Strategy for the European Strategic Sport Clusters Partnership, developing new value chains and exploiting international opportunities for SMEs, especially those existing in third markets outside the EU.

The alliance is made up of five European partners (INDESCAT, from Catalonia, Spain; Sports & Technology, The Netherlands; EPSI –European Platform for Sports Innovation–, Belgium; Cluster Montagne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France; and Flanders’ Bike Valley, Belgium).