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.

Progress update from the Bioeconomy pilot

General Assembly of the Bioeconomy Pilot celebrates the first Natural Fibertastic lustrum at Biobased Delta Biobased Delta hoste


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

Pilot Annual Report 2020: New Nano-enabled Products

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Pilot Annual report 2020: Bioeconomy

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Pilot Action plan 2021: New Nano Enabled Products

The New Nano Enabled Products 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: 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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The coordinators of Vanguard ESM Pilot are pleased to invite you to the ESM 2021 final plenary event to discuss th



CONCORDi 2021- Industrial innovation for competitive sustainability

The biennial European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation discusses issues related to the economics and policy of corporate R&D and innovation.

Life Science Open Space - The Open Innovation Forum

On Innovations and Challenges in the field of Health and Quality of Life Life Science Open Space - The Open Innovation Forum is dedicated to peo

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Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021

Catalonia region would like to invite you to explore business opportunities and best practices, during the upcoming Circular Economy Hotspot Catalon

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RIS3 Investment Forum

Join RIS3 Investment Forum to connect, learn and discover regional deployment of innovation and entrepreneurship actions and see how innovation ecosystem champions can play a greater role in the d