Cross-Organisational Assessment and Development of Intellectual Capital (CADIC), led by CEA-PME, started as a project within the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (Capacities) that addresses the aim of the European Charter for Small Enterprises to foster the involvement of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in inter-firm cooperation at local, national, European and international levels. On completion of the FP7 project’s evaluation by the EU Small Business Directorate, COSME, CADIC was marked as as an European Innovative project, and the bottom- up approach tat CADIC pioneered for developing Innovation clusters has now become an European standard.
CADIC focused on the development and testing of services and tools that support the enhancement of the so called “soft” success factors in small- and medium sized enterprise (SME) collaborations and networks. During the project, five SME networks from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and UK tested and evaluated different tools and services. Moreover, three transfer clusters were supported in Greece, England and Scotland. The networks were different in terms of sector, size and maturity; some were just initiated at the beginning of the project, others had a long-history of collaboration and redefined their focus, again others were expanding etc...
One of the major results of the project is recognizing the great importance of the external advisory team guiding the SME network through its development process. The so called cluster facilitation teams turned out to be the key success factor: triggering activities and pushing the development forward, offering support and consultancy upon request from SMEs.
CADIC was co-funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme.
Project website: http://www.cadic-europe.org/
The CADIC Guideline summarizing the results and experiences made by the cluster teams during the project lifetime: http://www.cadic-guideline.org/home/