Towards excellence in cluster management

The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence (EFCE) is a non-profit, independent foundation and training Academy, based in Barcelona, Catalonia.  It was set up to teach, evaluate, raise and sustain the competitiveness of regional economic clusters worldwide. Its aim is to promote the use of clusters as an effective tool for the economic development of regions. Learn more >>

Mark the day: TCI's 19th Global Conference 2016

Join the the Foundation in Eindhoven on November 8-10 for the 2016 worldwide TCI Global Conference.

This year TCI - The Competitiveness Institute - will bring together a vibrant community of policymakers, cluster managers, entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, academia and visionaries to exchange ideas and experience on the most recent developments on clusters, innovation ecosystems and economic development. Get into the discussions of the 19th TCI Global Conference and be inspired, learn, exchange and return home with new ideas, skills and approaches.


2017 edition of the Competitiveness School

The annual Summer School, co-organized by the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence and IESE Business School, returns to Barcelona under the name of Competitiveness School: For leading Regions, Clusters & Cities. Both entities joined their expertise to design a compelling training program.

Two new training programmes have been set for 2016/17 in Cluster Excellence Management Training. Designed as essential tools for economic development practitioners and cluster managers to build on their foundation and knowledge in developing economic clusters and managing cluster initiatives.

March 2015, the city of  Dabrowa Gornicza held the first edition of the Cluster World Congress, the biggest event dedicated to clusters ever organized in Poland. During the Congress awards ceremony, representatives of the Foundation were distinguished in recognition of their work and impact as cluster experts and practitioners.

The CIP Call 2013 programme reached successful conclusion in Brussels.  A highlight of the week, the Cluster Excellence Day 2015, allowed participants, guests and distinguished speakers to exchange on different aspects of cluster-based economic development.

Latest news

Two new training programmes in Cluster Excellence Management are set for 2016/17.


November 08-10, 2016
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
19th TCI Global Conference 2016

November 21-25, 2016
Pamplona, Spain
Cluster Excellence Training in Navarra

January  24 - February 2, 2017
Barcelona, Spain
Competitiveness School

Join the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence at the 19th TCI Global Conference, 8-10 November 2016.

The European Foundation for Cluster Excellence proudly supports EURADA's Summer Course on regional development 4, 5 and 6 July 2016 in Brussels Read more >>

On June 23-24 2016 the Transylvanian Clusters Conference will deal with the critical topic of Open Innovation. The conference aims to focus on the importance of open innovation within the clusters,  bringing together the research & innovation with the business field and citizens Read more >>