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.

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Progress update from the 3DP pilot

A growing number of regions, organisations and (implemented) projects in the 3DP Pilot!  The start of the year 2021 was marked, for the 3DP Pilot, with

Smart Health: new Vanguard Initiative pilot project launched

On 14th of April the kick-off event of the Smart Health Vanguard Initiative pilot project t

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Progress update from the bioeconomy pilot

Talking on rural innovation and regions’ green transformation with the Bioeconomy Pilot

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A new paper of the Bioeconomy Pilot has published by the Open Access journal “Sustainability.”

In recent decades, industrial research has devoted enormous investments to demonstrate sustainable circular bio-based business models capable of overcoming the “Valley of

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The new Vanguard AI Pilot Kick-Off meeting

Vanguard Initiative’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Pilot is one of the two new Pilots launched by Vanguard in 2021.

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

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.

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