Blue Cluster is an independent and neutral partner supporting Flemish companies in setting up partnerships with other companies, knowledge centres and government agencies with a view to developing and promoting offshore economic activities.
We facilitate the innovation process throughout the entire chain. We play a supportive role and provide help in the conception of ideas, evaluation of concepts, implementation of projects and value creation of products and services.
Blue Cluster was established at the end of 2017 as a partnership for the development and promotion of economic activities linked to the sea. Over 180 enthusiastic companies and knowledge institutions have joined since then.
Blue Cluster has a rather horizontal structure in which each team member can play a leading role in certain areas. A clear distinction is made between innovation management on the one hand and community management on the other.
The Steering Committee is responsible for operational follow-up and decision-making on the cluster projects in which The Blue Cluster is involved. Steering Committee members discuss the pipeline of projects and approve projects for the spearhead cluster budget.
Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board assesses projects with a strong research potential and provides advice on these projects to the Steering Committee. All relevant knowledge institutions with a link to the blue economy are represented in this board.
Blue Cluster has numerous small and medium-sized enterprises among its members. The SME Committee defends the interests of these members and pays particular attention to the identification of innovation opportunities for this group of companies.
Mission and core values
Blue Cluster is an independent and neutral partner that supports Flemish companies in setting up partnerships with other companies, knowledge centres and government institutions in order to develop and promote economic activities at sea.
Board of Directors
The strategic direction of The Blue Cluster is primarily determined through the Board of Directors. This administrative body sets the strategic priorities of the partnership. The directors also oversee the management of financial resources.