Blue Economy Mikkeli is active in international networks. The most significant of these – the European Commission’s smart specialisation platform Water Smart Territories – couples Blue Economy Mikkeli with a European network of water expertise. The network includes more than 20 areas specialising in water expertise, including the associated RDI activities and companies, in various parts of Europe. The actors in the network are organised into clusters like the one in Mikkeli. The Blue Economy Mikkeli cluster and the Water Smart Territories network provide companies with access to the services and expertise of a European innovation communities. Blue Economy Mikkeli and Water Smart Territories enable companies to find new partners, access new markets and participate in the European Commission’s development programmes and structural and investment funding.