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Cluster management excellence

The cluster staff
The cluster staff

Once again, we achieved top score on the cluster management excellence evaluation, and was awarded with the Gold Label.

The Gold Label certificate is granted by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) to cluster organisations that receive at least 80% on their cluster management excellence score.

In December 2021 we did a re-assessment of all 31 indicators and we are happy to report that the validity was extended for another two years.

The GCE Ocean Technology Cluster have achieved the ECEI GOLD Label status since 2013, they are excellent in all aspects, they score consistently extremely high and again they challenge the experts’ ability to identify any aspects or areas of further improvements. GCE Ocean Technology clearly is a world class cluster organisation. ESCA Report.

Our Timeline

It is mandatory to qualify for the Gold Label to be able to remain in Norwegian Innovation Clusters programme. GCE Ocean Technology's timeline for the assessment for Gold label is as follows:

  • 2013: Awarded Gold Label with a 100% score
  • 2015: Awarded Gold Label with a 96% score
  • 2019: Awarded Gold Label with a 98% score
  • 2021: Awarded Gold Label with a 99% score

Overall Appreciation

Two independent cluster experts assessed a total of 31 quality indicators by interviewing the cluster manager and the project leader. The findings from the interviews must be substantiated by relevant documents provided by the cluster organisation. For each quality indicator a specific quality threshold must be passed.


About ECEI

Since 2009 the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI), initiated by the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry, have developed methodologies and tools to help cluster organisations improve their capability to manage networks and clusters.

For more information about the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis, visit ECEI.