SCS Cluster organized the second study visit for the CLUSGRID project in Nice, France during the 7th and 8th of June. The goal of the visit was to learn about the French cluster and the exchange of best practices with the rest of the clusters composing CLUSGRID project. Representatives from regional authorities, other clusters from the same region and the visit to the Smart City Innovation Center also provided with an overview of the innovation ecosystem where SCS Cluster operates.
During the visit, the clusters delegation was able to learn about the SCS from Mr. George Falessi, General Manager of SCS that introduced his strategic vision and main achievements of the cluster during the last years. As well as this, Ms. Stéphanie Schohn explained the wide range of services designed for SMEs and Start Ups and, on the other hand, Mr. Olivier Chavrier presented the innovation actions they’ve put in place. During the second half of the day, they had the opportunity to discuss with regional authorities. M. Pierre Pic from DIRECCTE (Direction Régionale de l’Industrie de la Recherche et de l’Environnement) offered an overview of the funding scheme of France for clusters and M. Jean-Charles Maleysson (Metropole Nice Côte D’Azur) shared information regarding the IRIS project, funded by the European Union and aims to provide sustainable solutions for smart cities and smart grids.
On the second day, there was a presentation by M. Jean-Christophe Clément on the Cap Energies cluster and another on the Flexgrid project which involves both the Cap Energies and SCS clusters, as well as a visit to Smart City Innovation Center (SCIC).