Denmark’s 14 national clusters

What is a cluster?

The central role of clusters

The cluster organisation

Cluster history

Denmark’s 14 national clusters

What is a cluster?

The central role of clusters

The cluster organisation

Cluster history

The Danish clusters

What is a cluster?

Denmark has 14 national and publicly funded clusters. The 14 national clusters represent the business and technology areas which have been selected as Denmark’s strongholds.

Within each area a strong ecosystem consisting of companies, knowledge institutions, public actors and others such as industry associations, financial actors and different innovation and business promotion actors exist.

The clusters in each of the 14 strongholds consist of companies that work together, with knowledge institutions and with the rest of the ecosystem to create development and innovation and to accelerate growth and value creation.

The cluster initiative is rooted in a private cluster organisation that work towards strengtening innovation via cooperation between companies and with knowledge, technology and education environments, authorities, customers and users, entrepreneur environments and investors. The work is based on the needs of the companies.

 

Clusters

… are the way of the future in which to organise the knowledge-based society. The opportunities and challenges of the future require new models of cooperation and business.

… are neutral and facilitation cooperation platforms with an active participation of companies, knowledge institutions, industry associations, public and financial actors as well as others in Denmark and abroad.

… create innovation, development and value for a business group within a business or technology area. Clusters represent the innovation power.

… address opportunities and challenges which one company, one public actor, one industry association or one university cannot solve by itself.

… function as a transition and innovation engine where company production is adapted to new technology and sustainable solutions.

… have an international outlook and promote cooperation on innovation across borders.

 

cooperate with each other on cross-cutting innovation changes and potentials.

 

The “cluster” concept

”Cluster” is not a protected title, and there are other groups of companies and ecosystems around Denmark which consider themselves clusters. These are not part of the national, publicly funded Danish innovation and business support system and not a part of Cluster Excellence Denmark’s target group.