From 8 to 10 June 2016 the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Vanguard Initiative was , during several parts of the program, presented as a promising example of interregional collaboration. The network was offered the opportunity to organise a ‘hosted by’ session during this conference, which was co-organised by Brainport Development and the EC’s DG Research & Innovation.
On June 1 and 2 the Smart Regions conference took place in Brussels. During this conference the European Commission launched three Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms which have to make sure there is an integrated approach and support framework for the implementation of regions’ Smart Specialisation Strategies in Agrofood, Energy and Industrial Modernisation, which are the central themes of this first series of platforms. Vanguard Initiative was buzzing throughout the two-day conference. The network was repeatedly mentioned, for example by European Commissioner Ms.
Under the topic “Cross-regional collaboration for new industrial value chains : lessons from experience and needs for the future”, the session will aim at sharing various experiences in cross-regional collaboration for industrial transformation, identifying bottlenecks and emerging needs, and paving the way towards future policy developments.
The session will gather high level speakers from the European Commission the Vanguard Initiative, and other European projects, who will exchange views in a lively discussion.
The first months of 2016 have seen an unprecedented intensity of activities within the Vanguard Initiative. The most visible demonstration of this successful commitment was the gathering of over 400 participants at the Vanguard Initiative matchmaking event on 25 February. It is often said that involving companies is the hardest challenge facing activities initiated at the political level.
Over 400 businesses, innovation intermediaries and knowledge institutes came together on Thursday 25 February in Brussels to explore business opportunities in fields important to European industry. Participants engaged in the development of demonstration business cases in the following areas: