This partnership of 14 business support organisations came together to investigate the best ways to support businesses throughout their lifecycle and bring together best practice. Partners included incubation centres, research organisations, chambers of commerce, technology and innovation development centres from across the south coast of England and north coast of France.

A wide range of projects and topics were discussed and investigated, including:

  • encouraging researchers and businesses to work together to produce new eco-innovations
  • how design can help businesses to grow at whatever stage they are in their lifecycle
  • how incubation centres can bridge the gap between a good idea and a commercially viable and established businesses
  •  how we can evaluate a company’s ‘innovation fitness’, based on how they manage their innovation activities and the capabilities that they use to do it
  • and how female entrepreneurs have come together on both sides of the Channel and found new business opportunities and unique ways to run their businesses.

    Also, networking events and trade fairs were held on both sides of the Channel to encourage French and British businesses to work together.

    GENIE video

    Traversées III Crossings tells the story of 16 entrepreneurs and researchers from both sides of the Channel, embarked on the adventure of European cooperation for economic development and innovation. This is an ensemble film produced within the GENIE project, co-funded by the European programme Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England.

    Traversées III Crossings raconte l’histoire de 16 entrepreneurs et chercheurs issus des deux rives de la Manche, embarqués dans l’aventure de la coopération européenne pour le développement économique et l’innovation. Voici un film choral réalisé dans le cadre du projet GENIE, cofinancé par le programme européen Interreg IV A France (Manche) – Angleterre.


    Traversées III Crossings – Cluster GENIE from Le Groupe Ouest on Vimeo.