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The ConnectEO consortium has been carefully selected based on the identified target market needs, in accordance with our targeted approach. Based on the investigations conducted across 6 countries in the IDEEO project, we have identified that the market sectors of marine and agriculture in the two target markets of Australia and Chile are the most likely to produce long-term cooperation results with economic benefits for the European EO sector. Our consortium reflects this focus, with three members, the European Association for Remote Sensing Companies, representing the European EO sector; Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, one of Europe’s leading maritime/marine clusters, and CTA, a leading technology transfer organisation specialising, inter alia, on agricultural innovation. All three have dedicated internationalisation strategies and activities.
The strength of this consortium lies on the thematic and sectoral coverage of the consortium: 2 clusters, CTA: agriculture and PMBA: Marine/Maritime; reflecting precisely the target identified market needs and one business network EARSC : reflecting the needs of Europe’s EO sector.
EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF REMOTE SENSING COMPANIES
EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies is a membership- based, not for profit European organisation which coordinates and promotes activities of European companies engaged in delivering Earth Observation geo-information services. EARSC’s key goal is to help promote the industry and to help develop the market for EO services. EARSC is representing the European providers of geo-information services in its broadest sense creating a network between industry, decision makers and users and covering the full EO value chain from data acquisition through processing, fusion, analysis to final geo-information products & services.
EARSC currently has over 120 members and the network contain all the leading European suppliers of EO data and value-added products as well as many small and micro-enterprises. Formed in 1989, EARSC provides its members with information on current and prospective European programmes, legislative actions as well as news on the market for EO services, maintains facts about the industry (industry survey 2013, 2015 and 2017) and offers help for companies wishing to become ISO certified.
One of the objectives of EARSC is to support the European EO Services industry by opening up new market opportunities. In other words, to help develop the market for commercial EO-based products and services. This includes new commercial market sectors and new export possibilities linked to national needs in countries outside Europe. In fact, EARSC has a dedicated Internationalisation Working Group where a sub-set of the most interested parties within the community collaborate to ensure the most effective use of EARSC’s resources with respect to internationalisation. In this way we can truly be said to represent the will of the sector in this topic.
EARSC’s strategy to improve export prospects for companies hinges around partnerships. As part of this strategy we have developed a digital marketplace for online services which facilitates the sales and market intelligence aspects of online sales in the EO sector, as well as making it easier for clients to find appropriate services.
TECHNOLOGICAL CORPORATION OF ANDALUSIA
Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía (CTA) is a regional public-private partnership (PPP) that was created in 2005 as joint effort of Andalusia regional government and a group of key companies to trigger innovation activities performed by the Andalusian private sector and to connect these activities with academia and society, supporting public bodies innovation policy implementation. Currently, CTA is owned by more than 150 companies, 70% of them SMEs, in 6 sectors: ICT, Aerospace and productive processes, Agrifood, Biotechnology, Building and civil engineering and Energy and Environment.
CTA’s main activity is advising, mentoring and funding (with own funds) innovation projects lead by companies and with a clear a measurable market application in a short and medium term. For the past 12 years, more than 600 projects have been supported with a total investment of some €150 million, having a leverage effect to mobilise additional private investment of ca. 460 M€. This way, CTA excels as a unique organization, acting as a multi-sectorial innovation cluster and, far from just funding, developing a holistic approach to innovation. CTA organizes technology awareness events and training for companies on key emerging areas and is a policy advocacy body, providing strategic advice on innovation and technology to governments, from regional to international frameworks.
CTA has a dedicated service to support the internationalisation of Research, Development and Innovation activities of members and clients. This service provides companies with strategic advice for international positioning and support for the search for international financing for R&D projects.
PÔLE MER BRETAGNE ATLANTIQUE
Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (PMBA) is a maritime innovation business cluster. Its mission is to develop a competitive maritime economy by stimulating and encouraging collaboration.
Its expertise is based on 6 main topics: maritime safety and security, marine energy and mining resources, shipbuilding and leisure boatbuilding, marine biological resources, coastal and environmental planning and management as well as maritime ports, infrastructure and transport. PMBA is the core of a network in which major companies, SMEs, research centres and higher education institutions combine their ideas and skills to develop innovative collaborative projects in the maritime sector.
With a current membership of more than 360, PMBA possesses a substantial knowledge of maritime RTD capabilities and is willing to share its experience in order to consolidate RTD and business capabilities. The approach is driven by the need to develop the maritime economy and create employment by innovation. Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique fosters contacts, with the aim of encouraging competitiveness for each of the players in the maritime economy. Ultimately new products and services developed from key technologies create economic activity and employment.
PMBA intends to provide an international dimension to expertise of its members. It has developed special relationships with several overseas clusters in order to facilitate access to market for the benefit of its SMEs. Several partnership missions are organised each year, helping till now about 240 SMEs and 60 academics to have an easier access to overseas countries. PMBA works in close relationship with Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. Since 2013, overseas missions have been organised in countries such as Brazil, Japan, Chile, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and Indonesia.