• 08.11.2016

    On November 7-8, Brussels was home to several High Level meetings organized by the Vanguard Initiative (VI). These High Level Meetings aimed to strenghten the commitment of VI to a stronger and successful interregional cooperation, to contribute to the revitalisation of Europe’s industry and to deliver results having concrete impact on sustainable growth and job creation. 

  • 20.10.2016

    The Vanguard Initiative Bioeconomy Pilot was present at EFIB 2016, the market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, this year in Glasgow Scotland. In the showcase theatre four of the pilot’s cases for joint demonstration presented the current state fo affairs on Lignocellulose Refinery (Biobased Delta & IBioIC), Biobased Aromatics (VITO), Turning (Waste) Gas into Value (Flanders Biobased Valley) and Biogas beyond Energy Production (Lombardy Green Chemistry Association).

  • 21.06.2016

    From 8 to 10 June 2016 the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) took place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Vanguard Initiative was , during several parts of the program, presented as a promising example of interregional collaboration. The network was offered the opportunity to organise a ‘hosted by’ session during this conference, which was co-organised by Brainport Development and the EC’s DG Research & Innovation.

  • 02.06.2016

    On June 1 and 2 the Smart Regions conference took place in Brussels. During this conference the European Commission launched three Thematic Smart Specialisation Platforms which have to make sure there is an integrated approach and support framework for the implementation of regions’ Smart Specialisation Strategies in Agrofood, Energy and Industrial Modernisation, which are the central themes of this first series of platforms. Vanguard Initiative was buzzing throughout the two-day conference. The network was repeatedly mentioned, for example by European Commissioner Ms.

  • 24.05.2016

    Under the topic “Cross-regional collaboration for new industrial value chains : lessons from experience and needs for the future”, the session will aim at sharing various experiences in cross-regional collaboration for industrial transformation, identifying bottlenecks and emerging needs, and paving the way towards future policy developments.

    The session will gather high level speakers from the European Commission the Vanguard Initiative, and other European projects, who will exchange views in a lively discussion.


  • 23.03.2016

    The first months of 2016 have seen an unprecedented intensity of activities within the Vanguard Initiative. The most visible demonstration of this successful commitment was the gathering of over 400 participants at the Vanguard Initiative matchmaking event on 25 February. It is often said that involving companies is the hardest challenge facing activities initiated at the political level.

  • 25.02.2016

    Over 400 businesses, innovation intermediaries and knowledge institutes came together on Thursday 25 February in Brussels to explore business opportunities in fields important to European industry. Participants engaged in the development of demonstration business cases in the following areas:

  • 24.02.2016

    Senior political representatives from 26 of the 30 member Vanguard Initiative regions met in Brussels today to restate their commitment to delivering growth and jobs through industry-led interregional cooperation, co-creation and co-investment.

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  • 11.02.2016

    On January 27th, experts from the regions involved in the Vanguard Initiative pilot “Advanced manufacturing for energy applications in harsh environments” gathered at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels to discuss main industrial challenges and key technology areas. More than 110 participants attended, including high-level political representatives as well as experts from top-tier European companies, such as Siemens, Vattenfall, Gamesa, Ormazabal, Vicinay, Crea, Elsyca, Righini, Zensor,

  • 09.02.2016

    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.