What We Do

SMEs and Intermediary Organisations

The Vanguard Initiative offers a platform for businesses, clusters and knowledge institutes to meet and join forces in finding new innovative solutions.
Together, we aim to increase the competitiveness of companies and to scale-up regional businesses in Europe wide value-chains.
The Vanguard Initiative’s Pilot Projects offer unique possibilities for businesses, clusters, and knowledge centres to connect with like-minded partners across European regions that share a joint goal; to strengthen industrial innovation in Europe. The benefits of interregional partnerships, established through the Pilot Projects, include exploiting complementarities, project development at the demonstration and piloting stage towards upgrading and business exploitation (beyond TRL 5), opening and sharing specialised infrastructure, access to a larger community of end-users, pooling good practices as well as jointly addressing non-technological issues, etc.
The participating stakeholders in the Pilot Projects get access to exclusive networks of pilot plants, demo-sites, and partners, working together to accelerate the market uptake of advanced technologies and methodologies in areas of strategic importance to Europe’s industry.


Discover the open program of MATCHER - GREEN DEAL EDITION

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

EWRC - East Netherlands' Workshop: 'Regions shaping Europe’s digital future'

Th!nk East Netherlands is organising the workshop Regions shaping Europe’s digital future as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 on 12  

Bioeconomy Pilot - Plenary meeting

The Bioeconomy Pilot will hold its plenary meeting on Thursday 30 September

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

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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

Pilot Action plan 2020: ESM

This Annual plan is the main reference that will guide the ESM Pilot activities during 2020.

PIlot action plan 2020: ADMA Energy

The ADMA Energy Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2019 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2020 in relation to the proposed project development.

Pilot Annual Report 2020: New Nano-enabled Products

Log in to access the New Nano-enabled Products pilot's annual report.

Future Mobile Work Machine

Future Mobile Work Machine

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

VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting

The next VI 3DP Pilot Plenary Meeting will be held on the 15th of December 2021! 

VPM Meeting

To participate in the Vanguard Pilot Monitoring Task Group meeting, please contact Task Group leader Wim De Kinderen [email protected]

AI Plenary meeting

The Artificial Intelligence Pilot action of the Vanguard Initiative is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Plenary Digital Event!


The coordinators of Vanguard ESM Pilot are pleased to invite you to the ESM 2021 final plenary event to discuss th