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TWIST is the Cinema & Digital Media Cluster in Wallonia (Belgium) and the main business cluster active in the field of digital technologies for image, sound ant text manipulation in Belgium. It focuses on 3 markets (cinema/animation, broadcasting technologies and facilities, multimedia/transmedia) uniting talents whose know-how is internationally renowned.

As a triple helix cluster, TWIST‘s mission is to encourage and enhance economic development of its members both at business development and research & development levels. TWIST is deliberately pushing 4 development axes: digitization & digital archiving, motion capture, Internet and mobile content and digital games.

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Media Evolution is a media cluster and member-based organisation that endeavours to strengthen innovation and growth in southern Sweden’s media sectors through projects and events within five different areas. What makes Media Evolution unique is that it supports all media sectors – not just one. The cluster has therefore identified a number of growth areas which can benefit all sectors in their development. Media Evolution’s primary goal is to strengthen the link between ideas, technology, innovations, research and entrepreneurship together with academia, commerce and industry. At the moment, it is focusing on two particular areas that will have considerable influence on all media sectors: digital games and learning via digital media.

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Eurecat is a non-profit private organization aimed at fostering the competitiveness of creative and cultural industries. Representatives from research institutions and universities, public administration and companies, the sector’s stakeholders, are present in its Board. Among its activities as Innovation Centre it promotes technology transfer and innovation in the institutions and companies of the sector, providing assistance, innovative industrial research activities and services, and fostering international cooperation. As Barcelona Media Cluster it focuses on promoting and organizing a series of actions aimed at broadening the scope of the companies, mainly SMEs, which are currently involved in creative industries’ innovation activities and designing effective strategies for intra and inter clusters relationship actions to suit the needs of the media industry. It offers the sector a networking environment for industries, academia and administration to promote exchange and collaborative links to improve business and economic efficiency. It is actively present in several European networks (co-founders of the European Digital Think Tank and 3D, Immersive, Interactive Media Cluster) and Technological platforms. Recently it opened a company based in Brazil, Barcelona Media Inovação Brasil, with headquarters in Salvador de Bahia, to opening up markets in Latin America and Asia.

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Cap Digital (CAPDIG) is the French business cluster for digital content and services in Paris and the Ile de France region. Created in 2005, the cluster now counts 800 members (among which 80% are SMEs and startups) which represent the French digital industry’s most active players. CAPDIG’s members are dealing with 8 key markets namely: education, care, retail, communication, media/telecoms, smart living (smart home, smart cities), tourism and digital business/e-government. CAPDIG provides its members with competitive intelligence, training, matchmaking/networking, funding solutions, project reviews and business development services. Partnerships with other leading European clusters and being present at international level, are an essential element of the cluster’ strategy. CAPDIG goal is to encourage the sharing of best practices and stimulate cross sector innovation among businesses and researchers. Last but not least, it organizes every year the international Futur-en-Seine festival, the most important European event on creative industries.

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Le Pôle Media Grand Paris is a French cluster for audiovisual and film industry based in Paris region. We are a nonprofit organization that gathers enterprises, public authorities, academic and research players. Our 100 + members cover all the activities of the digital media industry: cinema, television, transmedia, CGI animation, digital archive…

Le Pôle Media Grand Paris provides its members with strategic information, networks and resources. Our highlights are competitive intelligence , training , partnerships, funding solutions and international development. For the next three years, we have two focuses regarding the transmedia industry:

• Co-organization of the Cross Video Days that is a market where European producers of transmedia contents can pitch their project and find relevant funding solutions.
• Organization of the Labo, a transmedia initiative with a call for innovative projects, dedicated training sessions with high profile professionals and an international master class.

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Bordering Paris city center, located between La Défense business district and Roissy international airport, identified and recognized as “Land of creation”, Plaine Commune is one of the ten centers for the development of the Greater Paris. It hosts fifteen data centers (half of the Ile-de-France Paris Region capabilities), sixty-five cinema and TV studios (half of the national capabilities) and audiovisual industry (one hundred and five companies and almost two thousand jobs). Plaine Commune is the local authority in charge of the economic development of the area. Since 2000, it has a very large experience in Cohesion Policy Funding especially in the fields of innovation, technology transfer, improvement of network cooperation, as well as entrepreneurship. Since 2005, Plaine Commune participates in transnational cooperation within European partnership.

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The Service Public of Wallonia (SPW) is the regional administration in charge of the overall management and funding of the competiveness poles and clusters in Wallonia Region. The Directorate general operational for Economy, Employment and Research (DGO6), belonging to the SPW, is the legal administration in charge of funding applied research for new technologies and innovation for industries, academia and research centers. The DGO6 participates in two other EU projects as well: TERM (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine); and LOG4GREEN dedicated to transport and logistics. It has gained considerable experience in networking between European organizations and implementing joint actions.

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Our vision: To obtain European and national funding, no matter the financial capacity of the promoter, we believe that all good research projects should benefit from the support of the best professional assistance.

Our mission: To provide all European stakeholders with high added value services required to successfully develop and manage European R&D strategies and projects throughout the European and national funding programmes dedicated to research and innovation.

Our services: Industrial & Research Strategy and Vision, Technology road mapping, R&D programming, Technology watch, Business Intelligence, Scientific design and implementation of R&D projects, management of collaborative projects, Financial engineering, Legal and financial support, Intellectual property management, Quality Plan and Management, Scientific assessment and impact, internal communication and knowledge sharing (based on proprietary collaborative platform), external communication (strategy and website).

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Estonian Digital Centre is an NGO established in 2009 with the aim of developing the audiovisual and cross media sector in Estonia. The long-term goals of Estonian Digital Centre is to develop and boost the technological and export capacity of the private sector actors in Estonia, deployment and development of innovative technological solutions and business models in the sector, integration of these technologies into the education system on university level, networking between the entire industry and internationally, and developing of the audiovisual sector’s production infrastructure.

Estonian Digital Centre is currently involved in two major initiatives: 1. Setting up and launching a high tech technological platform for audiovisual industry with the financial support from Enterprise Estonia. The platform will be housed in the new building of the Baltic Film and Media School and is planned to be fully functional by the end of 2012, 2. Developing and launching of Estonian Film Commission, the export promotion office of Estonia’s audiovisual industry. The Commission was launched in Cannes in 2012.