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.

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

Progress update from the bioeconomy pilot

The Bioeconomy Pilot inaugurates the "Green Transition Hub" demo project for the creation of inter-regional supply chains

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

Pilot Action plan 2020: Bioeconomy

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

Pilot Action plan 2020: Nano

This Annual plan is the main reference that will guide the Nano Enabled Products  Pilot activities during 2020.

Pilot Annual Report 2020: ADMA Energy

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Pilot Action plan 2021: 3DP

The 3DP Pilot action plan builds on the work carried out in 2020 and aims at presenting the expected objectives for 2021 in relation to the proposed project development.