Asociación Investigación, Desarrollo e innovación en Aragón (IDiA)
IDiA is a cluster, legally a non-profit association, born in Aragón (Spain) in 2004.
It is recognized as Innovative Agent and Cluster in the Science’s Law of Aragón. The cluster provides a collaborative space in which to develop innovative
initiatives that result in competitive advantages for companies, while simultaneously guaranteeing a sustainable and cohesive social development. Hence, IDiA is constituted as an engine of the innovation ecosystem promoting the growth of its associates in competitiveness and business results by creating synergies, common projects, and initiatives between enterprises in the ICT sector and user companies from multiple sectors.
The cluster´s focus is on digital technologies, joining both suppliers and final users. The promotion of cross-sectoral, horizontal projects is at the core of its activities. The user companies come from multiple sectors, including manufacturing, logistics and energy. During the last years, the cluster has developed advanced international projects in the field of IoT and artificial intelligence applied for advanced manufacturing. Through the years, IDiA has been working on very different ICT fields: cybersecurity, mobility, telecommunications, talent development, etc.
It counts currently with 63 members, with a grouped net billing of around 16,500 million euros. The cluster has a total staff of 10 FTE.
At the level of European certification, IDiA holds the “Bronze Label” for excellence in cluster management. IDiA has held the presidency of FENAEIC (Spanish Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters) from 2013. Antonio Novo, Managing Director of IDiA, is member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Clusters and vice president of EUCLES, the new association managing the cluster labelling system. In 2020, IDiA took over the presidency of the European Clusters Alliance (ECA). The European Clusters Alliance is a bottom-up initiative that gathers 18 National Cluster Associations and country ambassadors, representing more than 800 clusters, where 123,000 most innovative businesses collaborate with thousands of universities, research centres and public institutions to boost their competitiveness. For his activities to fight the COVID-19 crisis, Antonio Novo received the EU Cluster Mobilisation Award 2020 from the European Commission.