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.

New Walloon S3 adopted by the Government

On the 19th of March 2021, the Walloon Government adopted its S3 2.0.

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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.

Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference: New growth of industrial regions through Smart Specialization

The Vanguard Initiative Regional Conference New growth of industrial regions through Smart Specialization

EU Industry Days: successful webinar on The Industrial Transition

The EU Industry Days webinar Regions in Industrial Transition: Making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems organized by Th!nk East Netherlands in the framework o

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The Nano Pilot is growing: three new demo-cases have been launched

The call for ideas launched in September to support the start-up of new demo-cases in the Nano Pilot has originated three proposals. 

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The ADMA Energy Pilot Outlines its plans for 2021

The year 2020 presented challenges through the global pandemic COVID-19.

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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.