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InovCluster – Agroindustrial Cluster Association of the Center is headquartered at the Agro-Food Technological Support Center in Castelo Branco. Inovcluster’s contribution focuses on increasing the competitiveness of local and regional production systems. It also aims to promote the Central Region of Portugal at a national and international level. For this purpose, it establishes a cooperation platform amongst the key players of this sector. It provides companies support through innovation processes, R&D, knowledge transfer, training, new product development, services and processes, marketing and internationalization.

Currently, InovCluster has 152 associates of which 119, are companies, 15 are Associations/Cooperatives, 12 Higher Education Institutions and R&D institutions linked to the agribusiness and agro-food sector, and 8 public entities.

InovCluster has been supported by the Municipality of Castelo Branco and funded by COMPETE – Operational Competitiveness Factors Program, by the National Strategic Reference Framework and by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

AREAS OF INTERVENTION

• The Internationalization Unit that supports companies in starting the internationalization process, identifying target markets;

• Preparing the company for internationalization;

• Organization of participation in international fairs in the sector, aimed at professionals and others;

• Organization of Business Missions and International Reverse Missions for companies in the sector;

• Organization of Promotional actions and publicity events aimed at the general public, professionals and Opinion Makers;

International demand survey and making it available to companies;

Support in negotiation processes with international buyers;

Support in certification processes for products entering the various international markets outside the EU;

• Provision of information on labeling and other legal obligations for the various international markets and support for the necessary changes;

Market research in the various international markets, inside and outside the EU;

• Organization of training actions/workshops/seminars in the field of internationalization.

 

For more information on the area:

international@inovcluster.com

+Research and Development +Innovation provides support for sharing scientific knowledge in the area of trends and innovation in products, processes or services;

• Providing the main national and international production and consumption trends by sector;

• Analysis of International Trends Reports and Creation of Agri-food Consumption Trend Reports by international target market;

• Organization of multidisciplinary working groups to boost the functional food sector aimed at market segments with food intolerances, with nutritionists, doctors, chefs, packaging suppliers, researchers, analysis and certification laboratories and associations;

• A survey of the supply and trends of products aimed at market segments with food intolerances;

• Identification of strategic partnerships for the participation of members (SME's) in European projects that promote Technology Transfer;

• Involvement of companies in innovation projects with national and international SCT entities;

• Meetings with national and international R&D entities;

• Support for the development of new products, the implementation of new technologies and production methods, through the promotion of partnerships with CATAA and SCT; Organization of training actions/workshops/seminars in the field of R&D and innovation.

 

For more information on the area:

geral@inovcluster.pt

• The promotion and development of cooperation networks unit provides support for establishing partnership protocols between companies, companies and institutions, and between clusters, whether or not through the development of projects;

• Promotion and establishment of national and international networks, working groups, etc;

• Support in identifying strategic partners for project development, both nationally and internationally.

For more information on the area:

geral@inovcluster.pt

• It provides support at the Entrepreneur Support level through the feasibility study of the entry of that activity into the market and support in the search for innovative solutions to create a differentiating offer in the market;

• Identifying the legal and bureaucratic requirements for starting a business and forwarding them to the relevant authorities in the various areas;

• Disclosure to the entrepreneur of the legal obligations of each activity;

• Support for the entrepreneur in finding solutions to facilitate the implementation of the company;

• Promoting and facilitating access to specialized training in the area of setting up businesses, management, etc., for example, the case of promoting the participation of entrepreneurial members in the SME Academy;

Articulation with the CEi- Centro de Empresas Inovadoras, a business incubator in Castelo Branco.

For more information on the area:

geral@inovcluster.pt

• The Dissemination and Image Unit provides support for the development of communication and marketing plans;

Support in the creation of corporate image - logos, brochures, catalogs, stands, displays, etc;

• Support in designing Packaging;

• Support in publicizing the company, its products, services and activities at national and international level (media, social networks and national and international fairs, events).

For more information on the area:

comunicacao@inovcluster.pt

• Support unit for the economic and financial structure and research into financing and incentives for project implementation solutions, which provides support in identifying private financing solutions (Business Angels, Venture Capital, etc.), or public/community financing through the identification of appropriate solutions for each type of project within the existing Incentive Systems;

Support in drawing up applications, business plans, monitoring projects, control and management of the physical and financial execution of projects.

 

For more information on the area:

financeiro@inovcluster.pt