Factsheet: Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster

Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster BIG-C Flanders, The Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia
The Bio Innovation Growth mega Cluster (BIG-C) is the cross-border Smart Specialization initiative aiming at transforming Europe’s industrial mega cluster in the Belgium region of Flanders, The Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia into the global leader of biobased innovation growth. Due to its excellent position in the 4 Pillars of Competitiveness being institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomics and education the mega cluster, also known as Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr (ARRR), has for decades been a powerhouse of industrial innovation in the chemistry sector. BIG-C will drive and leverage the national programs regarding for instance the Smart Specialisation Strategies as well as the European Horizon2020 strategy through workable and ready-to-implement sustainable flagship value chains. BIG-C will create the foundations to use so far neglected resources to produce chemicals up to consumer products and energy carriers in a cascading valorization process. Through implementing bio innovations it will fundamentally shift the base of our daily life from fossil to biobased and other renewable resources.
The mission of BIG-C is to stimulate bio-economical development in the industrial mega cluster Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr (ARRR). Technically, BIG-C will address the holistic production, processing and utilization of various regional resources of carbon.
Connection with National Policy: 
Not related
Responsible Authority: 
BIGC is an initiative by BE-Basic, CLIB2021 and FISCH


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