Aug 18, 2021 at 1: 02 am

Three types of Innovation Superclusters

A successful Innovation Supercluster draws in the very best companies, startups, investors, researchers, policymakers and future shapers.

Christian Rangen


What are Innovation Superclusters and what do they actually do?

Innovation Superclusters are the engines of economic growth that connect hundreds and thousands of members and partners. They are the magnets that attract talent, capital, researchers and companies, and work to collaborate networks built around the industries of the future. They solve Industry level challenges and opportunities, and serve as private-public partnerships and trust-based collaboration platforms.

Connect and Collaborate 

The core activity of any Supercluster is recruit members, connect and launch collaborative projects. By building a trust-based collaboration platform, members create higher economic value.

Build Better Innovation Systems

Superclusters educate, train, coach, mentor and develop innovation skills at the ecosystem level. This is open innovation in practice.

Build New Growth Industries

Long-term, Superclusters exist to accelerate the development of new, high-growth industries. Develop a strategy today for building your key national industries in 2050.

Think of an Innovation Supercluster as a magnet.

Fully developed, an Innovation Supercluster attracts. It pulls in. It naturally draws in the very best companies, startups, investors, researchers, policymakers and future shapers.

A successful Innovation Supercluster pulls in the best people in the field, from all over the world. It represents a unique, world-class break-through environment for the very best people, brains, companies and investors to create the future in that specific field, whether that is clean energy, drones, autonomous mobility or fintech.

Three Types of Innovation Superclusters

In our research, we frequently find three distinct types of clusters:

  • Emerging Clusters are small, incomplete and very local by design. They typically count 25 – 50 members, with easy outlook up to ca. 100 members.
  • Growth Clusters are stronger organizations, enjoy more stable funding, have far higher levels of activities and generate more value to their stakeholders.
  • Superclusters are rare and few between. Once fully developed, they become global magnets for talent, capital and ideas. They easily span regional and national borders and have a significantly higher value creation than their smaller peers. From start to full potential, a Supercluster should expect a ten-year timeline or more.

Superclusters vs. Ecosystems

Innovation Superclusters vs. Innovation Ecosystems, how are they different?


Download the full report here to explore what Innovation Superclusters are, how they are formed, and how countries can get started building one.

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Christian Rangen

Christian Rangen

Strategy & transformation advisor to companies, innovation clusters, ecosystems and governments around the world.


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