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 >>


2016 edition of the Competitiveness Summer 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 Summer School for leading Regions, Clusters & Cities. Both entities joined their expertise to design a compellingtraining 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

The Competitiveness Summer School 2016, is confirmed on June 14-23.

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


November 23-26, 2015
Barcelona, Spain
Cluster Excellence training @ClustArs

December 15-16, 2015
LogroƱo, Spain
Cluster Excellence training @LaRioja

January 28-29, 2016
Monfalcone, Italy
Cluster Excellence workshop @INFORMEST

June 14-23, 2016
Barcelona, Spain
Competitiveness Summer School @IESE