Following the recent publication of the communication “Strengthening Innovation in Europe's Regions: Strategies for resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth“, the Vanguard Initiative was invited to present its organization and practices before the Competitiveness & Growth’ working party of the Competitiveness Council.
The Vanguard Initiative member region Saxony invites to the conference “Vanguard Initiative – New business opportunities for European Industry” to give an opportunity to SMEs to inform themselves on the potentials the Vanguard Initiatives projects offers SMEs and to network with potential partners. Along with talks regarding strategies to involve businesses in Vanguard projects, advanced regional industries will be visited.
In order to allow the Vanguard Initiative to advance its work within the field of smart specialisation, a Belgian non-profit association (ASBL), has been registered. The formalisation of the network serves the Vanguard Initiative by opening opportunities for additional funding as well as enabling further administrative resources in the future.
During the 12th International Exhibition on Industrial Research and competences for Innovation, Research to Business - R2B, in Bologna on June 8, Regional Minister of Emilia Romagna, Patrizio Bianchi, hosted a conversation on the Vanguard Initiative for industrial modernisation and interregional collaboration in the EU with Mr. Esa Halme, Region Mayor of Tampere Region and Mr. Peter Berkowitz, Head of Unit for Smart Sustainable Growth in DG REGIO.
During the Smart Regions conference in Helsinki, June 1-2, the Vanguard Initiative was well represented both in the panel discussions and debates and also in the parallel sessions. In the closing panel discussion on collaboration in smart specialisation areas across EU borders, the Vanguard Initiative Interreg Europe project S34Growth was presented as a good example on interregional smart specialisation collaboration.