What is a Competitiveness Cluster ?

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What are the french clusters for competitiveness ?

Competitiveness clusters aim to gather large and small companies, research laboratories and education institutions in order to collaborate, create synergies and economical value

Key figures

  • > 450 members network (companies + laboratories, FWT + Pôles DREAM – HYDREOS)
  • 120 projects evaluated
  • 84 projects labeled
  • 34 projects financed, global budget 80,5 million €uros

Our missions

Support, advise and endorse innovative collaboration projects

  • Support the research partners (laboratories, companies, institutional)
  • Support the researchers in funding
  • Endorsement of projects by committee of experts (Label Pôle Eau)
  • Lobbying and communication on the projects

Support the economic development of small companies

  • Collective actions
  • Improving companies' skills
  • Technical workshops, information meetings on water projects

Support the international economic development of french companies

How does the Pôle EAU operate ?

The Pôle EAU was established in 2010 by the french Government and Regional authorities of Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées and Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur

  • Focus : Interaction between global climate changes and the water cycle
  • International vocation
  • Coordination with the 2 other french water clusters : Dream & Hydreos

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Many other partnerships :

  • Financial : french Government, Regional authorities (Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur), Montpellier Agglomeration, Departmental authorities (Bouches du Rhône)
  • Institutional : Water Agencies (agence de l'eau RMC et Adour Garonne), regional chamber of commerce and industry of Midi-Pyrénées, french national committee of foreign trade advisors, Eco-technology cluster network, Innovation agency of Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Other competitiveness clusters : DREAM, HYDREOS, Pôle Mer Méditerranée (Sea Cluster)
  • Other clusters : SWELIA, WSM, Ea-ecoentreprises, VERSeau Développement


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