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TCI Network is the leading global network of main organizations and practitioners with deep expertise in clusters and competitiveness, who collaborate in a unique open, flexible and practical context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development.

Through its activities, TCI reaches out to 9,000 practitioners from development agencies, government departments, cluster organizations, academic institutions, companies and multilateral organizations in over 110 countries.

Founded in 1998, TCI is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with a global scope, open to members from all continents



Origin

The formal constitution of the TCI Network - then known as The Competitiveness Institute - took place during the Institute's First Annual Conference dedicated to "Nuts and Bolts of Cluster Development", held in Barcelona on 3-5 November 1998.

There is a general consensus among cluster practitioners that the best way to promote cluster development is to develop local consulting and facilitating skills: in this sense, the ideal background for cluster enhancement is a combination of economic development, business strategy and organizational change expertise. However, difficulty in finding effective facilitators for cluster development initiatives has been pointed out on numerous occasions, and especially with regard to developing countries.

Since there are few if any education or training programs that cover all the relevant disciplines, expertise in cluster development often must be developed through practice, and this creates a distinct need to concentrate local experiences into one center of excellence open to all practitioners. For this reason, a group of professionals and cluster practitioners of diverse backgrounds and nationalities decided to found The Competitiveness Institute, a non-profit, global network of cluster practitioners dedicated to facilitating the spread and success of cluster-based competitiveness initiatives through networking.

Mission and Vision

TCI mission

Support the effective use of cluster-based economic development approaches as tools to raise the competitiveness and innovative capacity of firms, cities, regions and countries.

Vision

Be the leading global network of professionals and organizations active in cluster-based economic development.

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