What We Do

Interregional Collaboration

The Vanguard Initiative is focused on building sustainable and robust European partnerships and offers fantastic opportunities to work with like-minded regions across Europe in driving innovation, entrepreneurship, research and innovation. The member regions are politically committed to implementing smart specialisation strategies, advancing technological developments through interregional collaboration, supporting demonstration and piloting of new European value-chains, and making the Vanguard Initiative a powerful force for European technological change and advancement.

Vanguard Initiative Annual Political Meeting 2021

The Vanguard Initiative Annual Political Meeting 2021 – took place on November 25th.

Official Signature of the Cooperation Agreement between the Vanguard Initiative and EFFRA

On 25 November, Eddy Van Hijum, Chair of the Vanguard Initiative, and Željko Pazin, Executive Director of

VI at the #EARTOPolicy21

VI participated in the EARTO policy event & innovation award on 27 October 2021 represented by Mr.

Vanguard Initiative workshop at the European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC): Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems:

The Vanguard Initiative (VI) workshop organised in the framework of the EWRC, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss how European

VI at the European Week of Region and Cities

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth

Supporting Pilot Project participants to collaborate

Pilots and their participants work every day to develop collaboration projects to further strengthen the value chain of their choice.

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Vanguard Initiative Annual Report 2020

The adversity of the Covid-19 situation has shown the very real value of collaboration, both within and between regions.

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The Vanguard Initiative annual plan 2021

This annual plan sets out the programme of work that Vanguard Initiative will seek to accomplish during 2021 and is informed by discussions in the Annual Politica

An example of cross-regional funding for demonstration projects: the ‘ANSP/University Örebro-UNIBO’ case

This short document aims at presenting the funding instruments and mechanisms that were used (or considered to be used) in the context of a specific project developed within the Demo Case ‘Automoti

The Vanguard Initiative: Brochure 2014

Please find attached a brochure on the Vanguard Initiative "New Growth by Smart Specialisation" - Joining Forces for Investment in the Future of Europe.

The Vanguard Initiative: Brochure 2013

Please find attached a brochure on the Vanguard Initiative "New Growth by Smart Specialisation" - Engagement on the future of  industry in Europe.  

VI Regional Conference "Vanguard meets Baden-Württemberg – Spurring European value chains – artificial intelligence (AI)

While providing a brief update on the current exciting developments of the AI pilot, the conference aims at showcasing existing regional best practices

NEW NANO-ENABLED PRODUCTS ANNUAL PLENARY MEETING

NEW NANO-ENABLED PRODUCTS PILOT – PLENARY MEETING

Technical Assistance Facility for Industrial Modernisation and Investment (TAF) - Final Conference

"Creating successful interregional investment projects - learning from experiences on the TAF initiative to modernise Europe's industries through cooperation

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Vanguard Initiative General Assembly

The next Vanguard Initiative General Assembly (GA) will take place on 28 October from 14.00 to 16.40.

ISLANDS AND RURAL COMMUNITIES - Transitioning to Net Zero

As part of EU Sustainable Energy Week 2021, Scotland House Brussels is delighted to invite you to the last in

EWRC: Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Interregional Value Chains to spur the Digital transition

Vanguard Initiative, jointly with the VI Regions East Netherlands, Asturias, Baden Württemberg, East and North Finland, Emilia Romagna, Scotland, Slovenia, and South Neth