Below are selected examples of work Accelligent has done in the past.
Cluster Strategy and Roadmap
Client: European National Life Science Cluster
The stakeholders of a European national life science sector were concerned that there was not enough entrepreneurship and growth within the industry. Accelligent was engaged to assess the current "health" of the life science industry cluster, and to provide recommendations for programs and activities that would help stimulating innovation.
Accelligent employed their proprietary SectorStim tm process in order to develop a cluster and innovation strategy for the country. The following steps were applied:
The final delivery was a comprehensive document and series of presentations to industry and government representatives, providing recommendations and action plan for improving support programs, networks, and activities geared to help foster innovation within the sector. Included were practical suggestions, tools, and case studies from other clusters which would serve to help stimulate innovation and growth within the national cluster.
Gap Analysis and Competitive Benchmarking
Client: Regional International Trade & Economic Development Organization
A regional Trade and Economic Development Group was considering employing several new initiatives and investments to stimulate the growth of their marine biotechnology cluster, including the development of a new science park/incubator. They approached Accelligent to get an overview of the leading marine biotechnology clusters worldwide, as a means for comparison and benchmarking to their own cluster. The information generated from this study was intended to feed into a country-wide strategic work under development, to identify the best way to position, structure, and support the marine biotech cluster in nationwide.
In order for Accelligent to a do comprehensive scan and benchmarking of relevant clusters, we utilized our SectorStim methodology as a working framework. Based on the practical nature of the assignment and requirement for actionable results, we focused more on the ‚"soft metrics"‚ for providing an overview and understanding of the health and stage of development of the clusters identified, providing a more accurate measure of forward momentum and future growth potential for the clusters.
Accelligent delivered a comprehensive overview and description of the leading marine biotechnology clusters worldwide, detailing the following parameters:
In addition, we provided the client with our qualified perspective on how the various national and regional marine biotech clusters compared and ranked with each other in terms of development and momentum, based on their key strengths and metrics chosen for the analysis. Finally, we offered an assessment of where the client‚Äôs cluster fit within the global cluster ranking, and provided suggestions for ways to improve their cluster, flagging issues we deemed critical to the growth of their cluster.
Cluster Scan, Competitive Benchmarking, Gap Analysis and Strategy Recommendation
Client: North American Cluster (Food and Life Science)
The client engaged Accelligent to benchmark its current cluster against leading and comparative food and life science clusters in North America and worldwide. Accelligent provided the client with a global cluster scan and comparative assessment that would feed into the client's strategic cluster development work. The information was used to create a strategy and action plan for positioning, structuring, and supporting the client's cluster.
Accelligent utilized the SectorStim cluster development methodology in order to conduct a comprehensive scan of leading and comparable clusters, and provided appropriate benchmark metrics for comparison to the client's cluster.
Accelligent provided the client with information and detail as follows:
In addition to a Best of Breed cluster scan, Accelligent also provided the client with a comparative analysis of its cluster against the clusters identified, and conducted an Opportunity Assessment in order to provide recommendations for further development of the cluster. Included in the Opportunity Assessment were key resource areas that were currently underexploited or missing, areas identified as strategically important, and programs and resources suggested for further development (GAP analysis).
Industry Sector Mapping
Client: National Government
A federal government wanted to create a comprehensive inventory and profile of all the Functional Food and Nutraceutical-related companies, organizations and institutions in the country. This was to be used as a national database for networking, promotion, and other cluster development objectives. Accelligent was engaged to identify all companies and organizations not already known to the client, who would fall within the industry definitions, including manufacturers, companies, trade groups, R&D institutes and universities, distributors and contract manufacturers.
Accelligent did a comprehensive review of the existing database provided by the client, and through additional primary and secondary research, was able to identify new a large number of unknown industry participants within the sector, valuably augmenting information currently available. Further on, Accelligent developed a detailed methodology for organizing and structuring the database according to focus area, size, export markets, etc, increasing the usability, customization and targeting of the database.
Accelligent provide the client with a top-level overview of the country‚Äôs industry structure, based on the data provided and collected. In addition, we developed a comprehensive database of companies and organizations including company detail, searchable by Location, Nature of Business, and other key parameters. The deliverable also included a description of each company in the database, listing products, alliances, date of incorporation, number of employees, export status, and other market info, where available.
Client: Regional Government
The client had previously created a directory of stakeholders in a life science segment. As a continuation to this, Accelligent was asked to provide additional depth to the directory process, in order to identify, map and visualize the various sector constellations in the region, utilizing GIS software to develop an expandable set of tools to visually map and analyze the regional industry and cluster.
Accelligent worked closely with the client to help develop a system for collecting and classifying the regional cluster/industry participants. In order to be able to provide an analytical depth to the data, a wide range of variables were structured, including focus area, nature of organization, size, etc. Once the dataset was appropriately collected and structured, the data was handed over to Accelligent for analysis and manipulation, utilizing GIS software.
Utilizing GIS software, Accelligent developed a comprehensive set of visual maps showing the current structure of the cluster / industry. Based on Accelligent‚Äôs analysis of the data, the maps provided a snapshot of the industry based on specific location and aggregation, screened according to size of organizations, nature of organizations, geographic location, industry gravitation, etc., and provided a useful tool for further cluster analysis and tracking over time.
Industry Stakeholder Feedback and Strategy Development
Client: A Regional Research Council
Accelligent's client was a Human and Animal Health unit within a regional Research Council. The client is operating as a for-fee service provider with an overall mandate to help the regional industry to grow and be competitive in the global economy. Accelligent was engaged to help the Research Council identify current and future technical needs and gaps related to R&D, commercialization and business support that could be considered for implementation as a part of their future strategy to offer the most appropriate services to advance the local industry.
Approach and Deliverable
We approached the task in a Step-by-Step approach: