Create national impact.

In this certification program, you will master the Supercluster! Simulation Kit.

From running small simulation sessions to larger scale multi-step training programs, you will learn how to plan, design and run full programs.

You will learn the domain knowledge and advanced facilitation skills to run impactful Supercluster! sessions and programs, as well as how to sell these internally and externally.

As a simulation facilitator, you will quickly learn that Supercluster! is far more than ‘just a simulation’.

The entire bundle is a highly flexible solution, that you can structure and use in many, many ways, based on your customers’ and users’ needs.

You can expand your consulting services significantly with a Supercluster! certification.

Build deep capabilities in leading and building innovation superclusters

Supercluster! the innovation cluster simulation is built on extensive work with 100+ real life clusters and cluster projects around the world.

From small emerging clusters to global superclusters, from seafood to artificial intelligence, from the political rivalry to the operational tasks of a cluster manager; the simulation brings the real-life challenges of building and running a cluster to life in a practical and engaging manner.

You can apply this simulation to cluster boards, politicians, cluster development programs, consulting projects and anyone wanting to learn and master innovation clusters.

The Simulation has been developed by Christian Rangen and team, with more than five years of extensive experience building and supporting innovation cluster programs and policies around the world.

Equally, the simulation is grounded in multiple theories around clusters, ecosystems, economic development entrepreneurial economies, adult learning theories and more.

Most importantly, the entire simulation is designed for engagement, learning and maximum real-life impact.

Get certified to bring this powerful solution to your cluster, region or clients.

Much more than "just a sim"

Your online training and certification program will equip you with tools, skills and capabilities that extend far beyond ‘just the sim’.

You will gain in-depth insights into the latest development in innovation clusters and superclusters.

You will get access to reports, books and case studies as they are being written and formed around the world.

You will, upon completion, become a full-fledged cluster expert in your own region or market.
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What You'll Get

  • Confidence and know-how to run high impact Supercluster! simulation sessions with your cluster team, clients, national innovation agencies and larger ecosystem

  • Detailed walk-through of all elements of the simulation

  • 6 hours of self-paced videos and content (in easily-consumed bite-sized pieces)

  • Several real world use cases: from product to project

  • Advanced facilitation techniques

  • Facilitator slide deck that you can use with your team / clients

  • Building Innovation Superclusters Report

  • Advanced reading material to enhance your domain knowledge of corporate transformation

  • Free download of strategy canvases, guidebooks, and more to facilitate your Supecluster! sessions

  • Free access to the Strategy Tools App

Program Outcomes

  • Deep dive learning

    Learn to structure and facilitate impactful Supercluster! sessions in multiple ways based on your team's, customers' and users' needs.

  • Case studies and insights

    In this program you will learn the latest theories and thinking around Innovation clusters and economic development, with case studies from Europe, Asia and Americas.

  • Harness a powerful ecosystem

    Learn how to connect software, strategy canvases and simulation into a powerful solution – perfect for your unique use case or client base.

Who is it for?

Some of the most common end-users of Supercluster! include:

  • Innovation clusters of all sizes

  • Cluster teams, staff, boards and partners

  • Cluster support systems, both local and national

  • All and any member of an innovation cluster

  • National innovation agencies

  • Regional and national economic development agencies

  • Policymakers around economic and industrial development

  • Business School Faculty

  • Consulting firms & independent consultants

  • Trainers, facilitators and Lego Serious Play experts

Learning and development. At your pace

This certification program is designed to follow your learning and development – at your pace.

As such, you can zip through the entire program in 3-6 hours – or you can spend several months to learn, try things in real-life, deep dive into the advanced content and run live sessions as you learn.

The time commitment at your end can be as little as a few hours, completed in one day. Or, it can be a step-by-step, module-by-module learning journey where you go back and forth as a natural part of your training. This way, you can work through the online certification program over a period of several months as you slowly build your own expertise and mastery.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Seafood from Norway

    • Welcome!

    • Supercluster! in Action

    • Supercluster! in Action Part 2

    • 3 Questions: Supercluster! in Action

    • Introduction

    • 3 Questions: Supercluster! Expectations

    • A Story

    • What is a Supercluster?

    • Our Purpose

    • Completing this Program

    • How We Will Work

    • Closing Introductions

    • 3 Questions: Supercluster! Introduction

    • Slides for Introduction Module

  • 2

    Program Resources

    • Getting Certified: What You'll Need to Fulfill

    • Program Resources: Tools, Guidebooks

    • Program Resources: Reading Material

    • Program Resources: Debrief Document

  • 3

    Coursework: Introduction Module

    • Exercise 1: Five Countries

    • Execise 2: What is an Innovation Supercluster?

    • Project Work 1: Why Do We Need Innovation Superclusters?

  • 4

    Module One: The Foundation

    • Discussion & Reflection: Superclusters

    • Introduction

    • Work With Real-Life Clusters

    • Digital Technology Supercluster: Who We Are

    • Work with Real Life Clusters [Part 2]

    • Discussion & Reflection: Canadian Digital Supercluster

    • Built on Research

    • A New Cluster Paradigm

    • Discussion & Reflection: A New Cluster Paradigm

    • Foundation of Supercluster!

    • Design Your Programs

    • Discussion & Reflection: Supercluster! Program Design

    • House Rules

    • Domain & Facilitation Knowledge

    • The Five Levels of Learning

    • 3 Questions: Supercluster! Domain Knowledge

    • Your Users

    • Discussion & Reflection: Your Users

    • Completing Module 1

    • Module 1 Slides

  • 5

    Coursework: Module One

    • Exercise 3: Strategy

    • Exercise 4: Cluster Building

    • Project Work 2: Canada's Digital Supercluster

  • 6

    Module Two: Preparing Your First Session

    • Discussion & Reflection: Innovation Superclusters

    • Introduction

    • What is an Innovation Supercluster?

    • Supercluster Pre-Assessment Card in Miro

    • Setting Up Your First Session

    • The Pieces and the Boards

    • Facilitator Setup

    • Country Cards

    • Ocean Industries - Brand Norway

    • Across Industries

    • Premium Norwegian Salmon for Every Occasion

    • Across Industries [Part 2]

    • Cluster Value Impact Roadmap

    • Cluster Value Impact Roadmap in Miro

    • Boom Cards

    • Bust Cards

    • Special Projects Cards

    • Hire the Right People

    • Closing Module 2

    • Slides Module 2

  • 7

    Coursework: Module Two

    • Exercise 5: Boom

    • Exercise 6: Bust

    • Exercise 7: Special Projects

    • Project Work 3: Supercluster Strategy

  • 8

    Module Three: Running Your First Session

    • Discussion & Reflection: Why Do We Not Have More Successful Superclusters Around the World?

    • Introduction

    • Your Facilitation Style

    • It's All About the Special Projects

    • Discussion & Reflection: Business Angel Development Network

    • Building Your Expertise

    • Case Study: China

    • China is Winning the AI Race

    • China: AI Superpower

    • Case Study: China (Continued)

    • Domain Knowledge

    • Connecting the Tools

    • Supercluster Strategy Intro

    • Costa Rica - A Little Piece of Paradise

    • Supercluster Strategy Intro - Costa Rica Case Study

    • Costa Rica Case Study in Miro Part 1

    • Costa Rica Case Study in Miro Part 2

    • Costa Rica Case Study in Miro: Part 3 (Supercluster Structure)

    • Costa Rica Case Study in Miro: Part 4

    • Costa Rica - The Most Sustainable Destination in Central America

    • Discussion & Reflection: Costa Rica Case Study

    • Essentials Costa Rica - Website Walkthrough

    • Essential Costa Rica - Nature Happiness

    • The Basics

    • Getting Started

    • Strategy & Structure

    • Open Innovation

    • Capital & Entrepreneurship

    • Common Mistakes

    • Closing Module 3

    • Module 3 Slides

  • 9

    Coursework: Module Three

    • Exercise 8: Three Use Cases

    • Exercise 9: Ranking Projects

    • Exercise 10: Supercluster Strategy

    • Project Work 4: Reflection Memo

  • 10

    Module Four: Advanced Facilitation

    • Introduction

    • Discussion & Reflection: Supercluster! Module 4

    • Advanced Level

    • Advanced-Level Case: Supercluster & Capital

    • Switzerland in 4K | Drone

    • Case Study: Switzerland's Drone Valley

    • Switzerland Case Study in the App (Cluster Startup Portfolio)

    • Switzerland Case Study in Miro (Supercluster Capital Strategy)

    • Switzerland Case Study: Supercluster Capital Strategy Map

    • Switzerland Case Study: Supercluster Capital Strategy Map in the App

    • Switzerland Case Study: Nicolas Bideau

    • Discussion & Reflection: Switzerland Case Study

    • Domain Deep Dives

    • EU Cluster Manager of the Year 2019

    • Connecting Real Life to Supercluster!

    • Discussion & Reflection: Cluster Managers

    • Horizon 2020 Projects

    • Discussion & Reflection: Horizon 2020

    • Cluster-Driven Executive MBA Programs

    • Your Facilitator Role

    • Discussion & Reflection: Your Facilitator Role

    • Closing Module 4

    • Go, Build Innovation Superclusters!

    • Module 4 Slides

  • 11

    Coursework: Module Four

    • Exercise 11: Supercluster Business Models

    • Exercise 12: Tools & Sims

    • Exercise 13: Capital Strategy

    • Exercise 14: Open Innovation

    • Final Project: Finding Your Next Superclusters

What's Included in Your Certification

The Supercluser! Online certification Program is designed to follow your progress as you learn to master the Supercluster! simulation kit.

You can sign up and complete the online certification without having the physical simulation kit. However, we do encourage you to purchase your own physical simulation kit, so you have have the full set available.

Some users like getting started on the online certification first and only purchase the simulation kit during or even after the simulation certification is completed. The choice, of course, is completely up to you.

We have two pricing options - Certification only, or Certification and the Full Kit, delivered to wherever you are.

Once you are certified, you can get: 

  • Exclusive access to purchase the Supercluster! Simulation Kits
    To maintain quality of delivery and exclusivity - only Certified Simulation Facilitators can purchase and use the simulation kits in their work

  • Exclusive access to our Certified Simulation Facilitator group
    Meet others like yourself using Transform! to create impact and extra revenue streams

  • Option to join Strategy Tools as an Official Simulation Partner
    As a Strategy Tools Official Sim Partner, you will get:
    • Real-time coaching and support by founder of the simulations Christian Rangen to ensure your success in selling and facilitating your simulation projects

    • Access to digital updates - we are constantly adding new cards, materials, and other items to the kit due to the dynamic nature of . You will get digital access to these so you can use them with your clients and team