The mission was supported by the DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission in the framework of an initiative promoting international cluster cooperation for SMEs, and was co-organised by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). A consortia coordinated by the Fondation Sophia Antipolis and inno TSD also participated in the visit.
This was the third time such an international cluster mission was organised at a European level. The first two events were organised in Japan (November 2012) and Brazil (September 2013). The 12 participants were selected based on their interest for cooperation with India through an open call launched on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. In addition to the 6 SMEs, the 6 clusters that were a part of the delegation represented a combined total of 665 companies.