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 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.

SME Success Story Call to open on 16 June

The Vanguard Initiative is launching the SME Success Story Call aimed at facilitating the involvement of innovative SMEs in the VI pilot activities.  

Financial aid will be provided to SMEs facing obstacles in their innovation processes in one of the thematic and industrial areas of the VI Pilots. The VI Innovation Voucher will consist of a one-time, lump-sum payment of 11.000 euros to finance interregional collaboration activities between at least two legal entities (of which at least one SME) registered in at least two different VI regions and countries.  

The initiative, which has been developed under the leadership of the Steinbeis 2i GmbH (Baden Württemberg), will allow creating success stories through interregional cooperation to showcase the potential VI impact on SMEs, but also strengthen SME- driven interregional value chains and promote faster market uptake of products and services. 
 

Key Dates: 

  • 16.06.2022 launch of the call  

  • 30.06.2022 Call closure and evaluation of the applications by the selection committee  logo

  • 15.07.2022 Applicants informed  

  • 30.08.2022 (latest) Signed sub-grant agreements received by the managing authority Steinbeis  

  • 30.01.2023 (latest) Submission of the final report for evaluation  

  • 15.02.2023 (latest) Voucher payment to beneficiaries  

  • February 2023 (TBD) Presentation of the results at the General Assembly  

VI at the Technology & Business Cooperation Days

The Technology & Business Cooperation Days in Hannover will allow Vanguard Initiative Pilots participants to showcase and promote their activities gaining visibility

The Vanguard Initiative is launching its first SME support Scheme!  

The SME Success Story Call to open on 16 June  The Vanguard Initiative is launching the SME Success Story Call on 16 June.

SAPHIRe final conference & Smart Health Pilot event

On the afternoon of the 26 of April, the Smart Health Pilot organised its first physical ple

Progress update from the Nano pilot

NeMs4BIO democase is preparing a project proposal for the I3 call The leaders of NeMs4BIO democase, Imec (Flanders) and Oost agency are preparing a proj

Progress update from the 3DP pilot

SMEs-led demonstration projects recently finalised, with promising results!

Bioeconomy upcoming event

Good practices and built capacities for cross-regional cooperation in the Alpine Region and beyond Milan 11 M

Annual Report 2021: ESM

The report is available here.

Action plan 2022: Artificial Intelligence

The document is available here.

Annual Report 2021: Bioeconomy

The report is available here.

Action plan 2022: ESM

The document is available here.

Action plan 2022: Nano

The document is available here.

AI Fusion 2022

AI FUSION is the new, international stage of the AI scene 29 - 30 September 2022 | Messe Stuttgart

INTERNATIONAL CLUSTER-TO-CLUSTER MEETING | C2C 2022 - IV° EDITION

The IV° edition of the International Cluster-to-Cluster Meeting (C2C) will be held on 8-9 June 2022.

Shaping bio-based value chains through cross-regional cooperation

The transition toward a greener and more circular production form based on renewable raw materials represents an essential step toward competitive and su

GOOD PRACTICES AND BUILT CAPACITIES FOR CROSS-REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE ALPINE REGION AND BEYOND

GOOD PRACTICES AND BUILT CAPACITIES FOR CROSS-REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE ALPINE REGION AND BEYOND MILAN 11 M

NRM Pilot Mid Term Reviews

On Tuesday 10 May, the Vanguard Initiative Pilots Projects will present their most important updates to members. 

Personalised Medicine in European Regions - A Roadmap to the Future of Medicine

SAPHIRe aims to support the development and implementation of Personalised Health in Europe’s regions.