Attracting investment to clusters
BIO-Europe 2016, Cologne
CEBR was delighted to continue its Global Cluster Hub at BIOEurope 2016, with the generous support of EBD. This year addressed the eternally hot topic of how cluster managers attract investment into their clusters and for their SMEs. We brought together EU and global clusters attending BIO to share case studies and lessons learned in successful leveraging of finance from all sources.
We heard from three very different clusters; Catalonia (Spain), North Carolina (US) and Flanders (Belgium), with unique local influences but often very similar overarching themes linked to showing value for money to authorities and creating a vital link between early stage (public) and later stage (private) financing for young companies.
Over 60 attendees took part and the session was followed by a well-deserved drinks reception hosted by EBD where new connections between clusters were created and strengthened with some Cologne-style hospitality!
You can download the slides from the speakers below and we offer a big thank you to EBD for providing a superb opportunity, all the speakers for an excellent contribution and the attendees for making time in a busy BIOEurope schedule.