Welcome to the

Vanguard Initiative Matchmaking Event

25 February 2016

This event offers a chance for businesses, knowledge institutes and intermediaries to meet new partners and exchange ideas for innovative solutions and investments in the fields of 3D printing, efficient and sustainable manufacturing, energy related manufacturing applications in harsh environments, nanotechnology and bioeconomy.

Through a personalized Matchmaking program you get access to new (business) partners in the five mentioned fields. The Event offers the chance to contribute to your organization’s success, to be part of Vanguard Initiative interregional pilot collaborations and to take the Vanguard Initiative quest for EU reindustrialization to a next level.

Vanguard initiative is a European network of industrial regions that seeks to speed up the market uptake of new technologies through the establishment of industry-led, cross regional joint-demonstration platforms. The network has initiated five thematic pilots to explore opportunities for developing interregional joint-demonstration.

Read more about the Vanguard Initiative and its pilots

This event has a personal invitation policy. Registration is no guarantee for attendance.



  • Get to know the Vanguard Initiative pilots
  • Discuss and co-develop specific joint-demonstration cases
  • Learn about practical market issues like intellectual property rights, state aid and combining EU and regional funding for joint-demonstration
  • Meet with participants one-on-one for effective matchmaking
  • Get inspired by key-note speakers

Main topics

  • 3D-printing
  • Bioeconomy
  • Efficient and sustainable manufacturing
  • Energy related manufacturing applications in harsh environments
  • New nano-enabled products


Why to participate

  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners matching your business needs
  • Establish cross-border contacts and collaboration through the Vanguard Initiative network, spanning across 28 of Europe’s leading industrial regions
  • Discuss and develop new demonstration projects


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closed since 22 Feb 2016
Registration 4 Jan – 22 Feb
Meeting Selection 1 Feb – 23 Feb
Event 25 Feb
Language English
Venue Rue de la Loi 75
Brussels, Belgium
Bilateral Meetings
Participants 201
Meetings 152
AT - Upper Austria 1
BE - Flanders 59
BE - Wallonia 20
DE - Baden-Wurttemberg 12
DE - Brandenburg 2
DE - North Rhine Westphalia 16
DE - Sachsen 9
DE - Thuringen 1
ES - Andalusia 6
ES - Aragon 5
ES - Asturias 7
ES - Basque Country 13
ES - Catalonia 23
ES - Navarra 19
FI - Ostrobothnia 4
FI - Tampere 13
FI - West Finland 1
FR - Nord-Pas-de-Calais 9
FR - Rhone Alps 11
IT - Emilia-Romagna 25
IT - Lombardy 39
NL - East Netherland 8
NL - Randstad 8
NL - South Netherland 35
Other 26
PL - Malopolska 1
PT - Norte 8
SE - Dalama 3
SE - Orebrö Lan 2
SE - Skane 16
SE - Värmland 3
UK - Scotland 14
UK - Wales 3
Total 422
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