Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

About the Program

The emergence and growth of industry clusters in both the U.S. and EU have contributed to a rich and dynamic transatlantic economic landscape. To help further this transatlantic trade, investment and innovation collaboration, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACC Midwest) is organizing the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative.

The initiative brings together leading German and US industry clusters to promote knowledge exchange through content-driven encounters and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through the European Recovery Program.

The core program of the Cluster Initiative connects German and American cluster organizations through targeted roadshow series in the US and delegation trips to Germany. The program establishes an exchange for best-practices focused on cluster management, internationalization, cluster policy, recruitment of a skilled workforce, technology development and transfer, and much more.

As an increasing array of clusters join the Cluster Initiative, other opportunities for an ongoing dialog will be pursued.

“The Transatlantic Cluster Initiative on the subject of "E-Mobility" facilitated excellent networking opportunities between leading German and American industrial clusters and outstanding market players in the mobility industry. The programs, organized by GACC Midwest, in the USA and Germany promoted not only the transfer of knowledge between delegation participants, but also with many companies and institutions.

The events in the USA offered excellent insights into regulations as well as both industry-specific technology- and infrastructure developments. Furthermore, observing a US high-school fuel cell car project truly impressed the German delegation. During the return visit, Northern Germany was able to present itself as an outstanding mobility location in Europe.

The Cluster Initiative enabled me to create substantial connections for Automotive Nord e.V., to promote international exchange and to initiate approaches for cooperation and joint projects."

Oliver Schrader, General Manager, Automotive Nord e.V.

Program Details

The ERP program finances 6 programs, each relating to a particular industrial sector. Each program includes an industry-specific roadshow in the USA and a trip to Germany. While the roadshow takes place on 2-3 coordinated locations, the 5-day excursion trip enables 15 participants from the Unites States to explore Germany...Read more.

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