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MARCOD is a member of Cluster Excellence

A total of 38 innovative clusters and networks in Denmark are part of the Danish cluster catalogue.

Annually, the clusters help over 18,058 organisations to become more innovative in order for the organisations to create growth and more workplaces. Get an overview of all the Danish networks and clusters

Networks and clusters create results

The annual Performance Account for all clusters and innovation networks show that 15,058 organisations participated in the activities in 2018. The activities have resulted in:

  • 6868 organisations receiving new competences and resources, which improve the ability to innovate. 4843 of them have less than 50 employees
  • 5296 organisations developing new ideas, which can be transformed into new products, services and processes later on. 3941 of them have less than 50 employees
  • 2689 organisations developing new products, services or processes due to them being part of a cluster. 1998 of them have less than 50 employees

Reference: Knowledge and Growth for Danish Companies

A study among the organisations participating in the activities show that clusters and networks contribute to the support of the organisations' innovation, including new knowledge, methods and ideas. Key figures for organisations participating in cluster activities:

  • 55 per cent of the organisation gained new, relevant knowledge e.g. about market and technological trends
  • 55 per cent of the organisations created or expect to create innovation in shape of new products, services or processes on behalf of them participating in the cluster activities
  • 40 per cent of the organisations strengthened their competences within market development, process development or product development

Econometric analyses show that organisations that participate in cluster activities:

  • Have four times the probability to become innovative compared with similar organisations that do not participate
  • Achieve a 3.6 per cent increased productivity growth compared to organisations, which do not participate in cluster activities

Clusters are not only important parameters when wanting to attract foreign investments in Denmark, but also become more international when participating in clusters and networks. The rate is normally at 5-6 per cent, but when the organisation is part of a cluster or network, the percentage of international activities is 14 per cent.

Reference: ”The Short-run Impact on Total Factor Productivity Growth of the Danish Innovation and Research Support System” udarbejdet af Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) for Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation.

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