Lighting has evolved to become one of the most vital aspects of any design project and a highly-revered agent in the branding of any development. Without lighting, it wouldn’t be possible to present the fourth dimension of space in a visual manner which we are now accustomed to seeing and experiencing. Lighting SMEs are trying to capture different market segments through product diversification and technological advancements but the global lighting market is highly competitive and fragmented, dominated by a bunch of large multinational companies.
In this context, ELCA European Lighting Cluster Alliance together with 3 cluster members, Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto, CICAT Lighting Cluster and Cluster Lumière, establish the ELCA4i European Lighting Cluster Alliance for Internationalisation to lead international cluster cooperation in fields of strategic interest for lighting SMEs towards non-EU markets and strengthening their positioning in the smart lighting sector.
ELCA4i leverages its cluster’s internationalization potential through a comprehensive joint internationalization strategy development process covering mutual knowledge and trust-building, target third-countries market intelligence gathering, knowledge and capacity building, C2C and B2B matchmaking and cross-fertilization.
ELCA4i clusters aim to create better conditions and mechanisms for their lighting companies to innovate, grow and compete at a global level. Supporting SMEs in taking a proactive approach to internationalization in extra-EU markets, making them more strategic in foreign countries deployment, more self-confident but judicious and more successful in the new markets entrance process.
Supporting European lighting SMEs in the adoption of advanced technologies and the digitalization of their business operations through financial assistance, such as cascade funding, driving the circular and digital transitions and fostering innovation and sustainable practices.
In particular, within the SILEO project , the following GO DIGITAL Voucher scheme opportunities are actived to support lighting and furniture SMEs in adopting digital processes and advanced technologies:
Development of the customized training programs for cluster managers and lighting SMEs to enhance their knowledge and skills necessary to ensure sustainable and profitable business growth (in the fields of circular economy, advanced technologies, public procurement, public financing and others).
Training programs and upskilling workshops for lighting companies and cluster managers:
Supporting the talent placement of professionals and young graduates to create mutually valuable relationships between SMEs and professional figures in a time when digitalization and circular approaches are the main factors for moving employees, and companies, ahead.
Within the SILEO project, the Consortium aims to establish a joint service for European lighting and furniture SMEs in order to enable them to include professionals, with a particular focus on young and women, in their workforce.