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Clusters meet Regions - Graz, Austria, 18 - 19 June 2024


Tradition reinvented: how clusters lead resilient, innovative shifts towards a climate-neutral, digital future


This is the 16th workshop of the successful series of events “Clusters meet Regions”. Organised since 2022 in different EU regions, these events bring together clusters and policymakers of the EU, national, regional and local level to learn from each other how to better use clusters to strengthen industrial ecosystems, to serve national/regional economic development and to liaise with other regions facing similar transition challenges.


This event will take place in Styria / Graz. Following the successful tradition across various EU regions, this event serves as a beacon for cluster-driven economic development, echoing the region's commitment to innovation, sustainability, and resilience.


In partnership with the European Cluster Collaboration Platform on behalf of the European Commission and in collaboration with regional partners, Styria proudly hosts the forthcoming 'Clusters Meet Regions' event in Graz, Austria, on the 18 and 19 of June. Anchored in the theme of Tradition Reinvented, the event aims to explore how clusters can spearhead transformative shifts towards a climate-neutral, digital future, aligning with European sustainability goals.




Building upon Styria's rich industrial heritage and forward-looking policies, the event delves into the strategic imperatives driving the region's economic development. With a keen focus on innovation ecosystems and sustainable growth strategies, Styria's approach mirrors European directives while carving its unique path towards economic resilience.




Since the inception of the Styrian Smart Specialisation Strategy, the region has championed innovation as a catalyst for economic revitalisation. Through strategic alignment with European policies and robust regional collaboration, Styria has emerged as a trailblazer in sectors ranging from digitalisation to sustainability.



The 'Clusters Meet Regions' event in Graz serves as a melting pot for diverse stakeholders. From cluster managers to policymakers, industry experts to SMEs, the event fosters cross-sectoral dialogue and collaboration, catalysing innovative solutions to pressing challenges.


Representing the epitome of industrial excellence, Styria's clusters—ACstyria Mobilitätscluster, Creative Industries Styria, Green Tech Valley Cluster, Holzcluster Steiermark, Styria, and Silicon Alps Cluster—take centre stage, showcasing the region's prowess in innovation and sustainable development.



The event's agenda features a diverse array of activities, including high-level plenary sessions, interactive discussions, pitching sessions and a guided tour of Graz's innovation hubs. Additionally, the event celebrates entrepreneurial spirit with company pitches underscoring Styria's commitment to nurturing emerging talent and fostering innovation. Detailed agenda here



Registration will be available via B2Match for the 'Clusters Meet Regions' event in Graz, Austria.  Join us as we embark on a transformative journey towards a climate-neutral, digital future, where tradition meets innovation and collaboration pave the way for sustainable economic growth. Registration here.


Immerse yourself in the diversity of Styria, a place where innovation and nature go hand in hand