12 oktober 2022    
14:30 - 16:00


Online evenement
Trierstraat 59-61, Brussel

Regional Innovation Ecosystems

On Wednesday 12 October from 14:30 – 16:00, the Vanguard Initiative (VI) will organise the workshop Boosting the EU Digital Transition by connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems” as part of the official programme of the #EURegionsWeek 2022. The Vanguard Initiative is a network of European regions, committed to lead by example in delivering growth and jobs through industry-led interregional cooperation, co-creation, and co-investment, on the basis of smart specialisation. Among those regions are the South-Netherlands, the East-Netherlands and the Randstad Region. Both the province of Gelderland and the province of Noord-Brabant are partners for this specific event. You are kindly invited to join the workshop and participate. 

The events discusses how VI-regions are contributing to the Digital Transition by connecting their innovation ecosystems and by co-developing interregional value chains.  By presenting best practices, this workshop will offer the audience not only the occasion to discover some of the current VI-regions’ activities, but also to connect and partner with them. The event will also facilitate a discussion on how instruments such as I3, cohesion funds, or Digital Europe can boost interregional investment for innovation.

Speakers will consist of both Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, Regional Minister for Economy, Finance, Knowledge and Talent development of Noord-Brabant, Committee of the Regions shadow rapporteur on the EU Chips Act, and Eddy van Hijum, Regional Minister Province Overijssel, Member of the EU Committee of the Regions and Chair of the Vanguard Initiative, among several others.


To register for the event, use this link and create an account. The event will be held online.


In 2022, the 20th edition of the #EURegionsWeek will take place from October 10-13. The week is especially devoted to European regions and regional policy. During this week, representatives of regions and cities from all over Europe will gather in Brussels, including politicians, administrators, experts and academics. Four themes are central this year: the green transition, territorial cohesion, the digital transition and the empowerment of young people. During this week, partners can organize events and answer the question: how can we as regions contribute to these major issues? More events during this week can be found on the official website.