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.

AI Pilot Kick-Off Meeting

The AI Pilot has officially held its kick-off meeting on Monday, 17th May 2021, and presented its vision and its activities for 2021 to more than 100 part

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ESM Digital Transformation Demo-case: the Mid Term Event

On the 30th of June was held the Mid Term event of the Digital Transformation demo-case, co-coordinated by Sergio Gusmeroli (Politecnico di Milano, Lombardy), Coed de Graaf (Province of Noo

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ADMA Energy Partners meeting with the European Innovation Council

The ADMA Energy partners meeting on 17 May focussed on progressing the proposed actions and activities for 2021, related to the demo case development and networking activities.


Vanguard ESM pilot and Digital Transformation demo-case coordinators are pleased to invite you to the 2021 Mid Term event to be held on June 30 from 9:30 t

3DP PAN EU project is organising a webinar on the Additive Manufacturing in the EU

On June 3rd, 2021 from 10:00 to12:00 CEST the 3DP PAN EU project will organise a webinar on Additive Manufacturing in the EU: Report on the European

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A first inhabited 3D Printed house in concrete!

The 3DP Pilot Demo Case focusing on ‘AM in the Built Environment’ (led by the region South-Netherlands) aims at further deploying the use of 3D Printing in the construction sector and recent evolut

Pilot action plan 2021: ADMA Energy

The ADMA Energy 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.

Pilot Action plan 2020: 3DP

This Annual plan is the main reference that will guide the 3DP Pilot activities during 2020.

Pilot annual report 2020: ESM

In 2020, the activities of the pilot will be managed in continuity with the previous years, focusing on the development of demo-case projects and on the consolidation of use-cases enlarging the ind

Pilot Annual report 2020: 3DP

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Pilot Action plan 2021: ESM

In 2021, ESM activities will be managed in continuity with the previous years, focusing specifically on the development of demo-case projects and on the consolidation of use-cases enlarging the ind

Pilot Action plan 2021: Bioeconomy

The 2021 Annual Plan is the primary reference that guides the Bioeconomy Pilot activities, by providing primary direction supporting the strengthening partnerships and defining a feasible financial