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Vanguard Initiative countdown towards February 24 and 25

Vanguard Initiative countdown towards February 24 and 25

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Final agenda

The Vanguard Initiative Matchmaking Event is approaching fast. On the 25th of February, businesses, intermediaries and knowledge institutes  will come together in Brussels to explore business opportunities in fields of importance to European industry.

It will be the first time that this entire range of stakeholders from every Vanguard Initiative pilot project are coming together for one and the same occasion. Over 200 participants will engage in the development of demonstration cases in the fields of High performance production through 3D-printing, Bioeconomy, Efficient and sustainable manufacturing, Energy applications in harsh environments and New nano-enabled products. Additionally, there will be exchanges regarding issues that are key to the development of demonstration projects across different regions such as European and regional funding, certification and intellectual property rights.

The Matchmaking Event is supported by the European Commission  and is organised under the flag of the South Netherlands Vanguard Initiative chairmanship, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu will contribute during the event to support the initiative and the continuously evolving partnership between the Vanguard Initiative and the European Commission. The event will be hosted and by Regional Minister Bert Pauli from the province of Noord-Brabant, Southern Netherlands.

One day before the event, the political leaders of the 28 Vanguard Initiative regions will review our progress to date and discuss and re-state our commitment to our activitiesduring the network’s annual political meeting. Special guest on February 24 is European Commissioner Mr. Katainen, who will discuss with the political leaders the direction in which innovation and industrial policy and investment should be driven to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth for the whole of Europe.

The  political and industrial gatherings taking place during these days, display the combination of political commitment and operational development that characterizes the Vanguard Initiative approach to European reindustrialization.

More information about the Vanguard Initiative pilot projects as well as contact details can be found here.