The industrial participants in the cluster, represented by the controlling body of BLUE LEGASEA , have chosen Ålesund Kunnskapspark AS (ÅKP) as the contractual partner for the cluster Project,BLUE LEGASEA. ÅKP was established in 1999. Its core activity is to create jobs and increase the region’s living and working attractiveness, through a fully integrated innovation and entrepreneurship facilitation system. ÅKP has a Blue Ocean strategy, hosting GCE Blue Maritime Cluster, Arena project BLUE LEGASEA, incubation and entrepreneurship and is a partner in several domestic and international research projects. In 2011, ÅKP was awarded the prestigious European NGP Cluster Excellence Award for its internationalization activities for SMEs. ÅKP is now in the process of obtaining ISO certification by DNV GL within 2016 and the certification process for Gold Quality Label (ECEI) has started. Currently, BLUE LEGASEA has a bronze certification within this program. ÅKP has established a model to provide mutual benefits for innovative businesses, entrepreneurs and cluster programs.