Being a part of ICN provides a unique platform that allows members to engage in project discussions with other ICN members in order to form or join project consortia. Subsequently, most members of ICN are engaged in a formalised cooperation with other ICN members on a number of cleantech projects: Waste management, regional cluster innovation, internationalization of SMEs and much more. ICN’s role depends on the nature of the project in question. ICN can leverage its position as a leading hub of cleantech actors to convene diverse stakeholders to participate in large-scale multilateral projects. It can also provide the institutional infrastructure to support bilateral cooperation between member clusters.




In 2017, ICN successfully facilitated the COSME/EC2i project submission. 5 ICN Clusters were awarded a total of €450,000 for matchmaking missions to China and the United States. 

The European Cleantech Internationalization Initiative (EC2i) project aims to support European cleantech SMEs to go outside of Europe and to create growth and jobs. Learn more about their matchmaking missions on the EC2i website.

City Solutions Platform

Danish ICN member CLEAN and C40 have built the City Solutions Platform (CSP). Through this project, CLEAN and C40 work together on finding clean and sustainable solutions for cities. CSP is a forum for engagement between innovative private sector solutions providers and megacities with complex challenges from the C40 network. The platform is an oppportunity for ICN members that allows them to offer excellent opportunities to their companies to find potential customers and partners among the C40 cities.





ICN clusters take steps to connect regions striving to take the global lead in the research, development, production, commercialisation and adoption of cleantech. Whitin this framework, ICN members Clean Tech Delta and CLEAN are part of the SCALE-UP inititiave, a North Sea Region network supported and encouraged by ICN. Read more about SCALE-UP here.

Northern Connections

Northern Connections (2016-2020) is a partnership involving ICN clusters. Part of Northern Connections are clusters, cities, regions and knowledge institutions who work together to create innovation connections between enterprises and clusters in the energy sector across the North Sea Region. Read more about Northern Connections here.




Two ICN members took part of the COOLSWEEP project, which ran from 2013 to end-2015. The aim of the COOLSWEEP project has been to identify and deliver innovative coordination activities to streamline and harmonise regional initiatives within the waste-to-energy sector at the transnational level.