European regions such as the Province of Zuid-Holland can contribute to EU industry renewal, competitiveness and internationalization.They do so by participating in new ways of industry-led interregional cooperation and by leveraging and developing their own areas of in The main objective of the S34Growth project is to develop and improve existing regional policy instruments to facilitate interregional collaboration, which in turn will support the renewal of Europe’s industry and competitiveness. The project focuses on industrial innovation related interregional collaboration. dustrial specialisation in relation to those of other regions.

The S34Growth partners have been pioneering a new approach to European industry-led interregional cooperation within the Vanguard Initiative, since late 2013 on 5 themes: ‘Energy’, ‘3D Printing’, ‘Efficient & Sustainable Manufacturing’, ‘Nanotechnology’ and ‘Bio economy’. Together with Lombardy region, Zuid-Holland is co-leading region of  the Vanguard cooperation on ‘Bioeconomy,.

The S34Growth activities build on an innovative methodology (learn, connect, demonstrate, commercialise) identified within the Vanguard Initiative, which consists of regional stakeholders learning from each other, connecting the organisations and activities, and moving on to demonstration projects with the ultimate goal of improving commercialisation and product and service development processes.

As regions desire to leverage their own strengths in combination with innovation capacity in other regions interregionally, the existing policy structures and financing frames need to be improved to suit these interregional ambitions.

The project will engage ten European regions from 8 EU countries, as well as businesses, universities and other innovation actors from the regions, in innovative policy-learning, exchange of experience and co-creation activities.

As the main result of the S34Growth project, an innovative interregional element to the addressed regional policy instruments is developed, supporting the interregional, co-specialization approach to smart specialisation, and to be easily replicated at any domain and anywhere in Europe.