Pre-Commercial Procurement: challenges faced by regions and cities
With years of professional experience in the field of public procurement, Eurico Neves took part as the session moderator. His key message is that European regions and cities have to seriously consider public procurement as an innovative tool. It is essential to bring people into the process. The best way is to open all the process to stakeholders that is why they have to be part of designing this process.
Ellinor Wallin has been invited as a guest speaker in order to share her experience in Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) and Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI). She gave an introduction of two projects using pPublic procurement in the field of education: IMAILE and LEA. Education is the backbone of the future of Europe. First of all, mainly in Europe, the traditional education systems are closed and not open to innovation. A main challenge is to take into account the differences within the classrooms, indeed students and teachers don’t have the same needs. That’s why innovative procurement in education shall be used based upon needs and it is important to highlight our challenges. According to the European Commission, PCP and PPI can definitely be used to transform and to modernize the education sector. The IMAILE project was a PCP project and started from zero. It means by the identification of challenges and needs in education among the buyers’ group: the procurers. PCP is to purchase research and to challenge the market. LEA project is a PPI project and it is a continuity of the IMAILE project. To sum up, PCP and PPI in the education field enable a rupture of traditional roles and closed systems inviting all stakeholder into an open dialogue. Furthermore, it includes the procurement budget to steer user and demand driven innovations. Finally it puts procurers and schools in the driver´s seat of digital education.
Lian de Boer, economic advisor of the Municipality of Groningen, took the floor to present a programme for startups created by “Founded in Groningen”: Startup Residence. It is a 5 months programme where you’ll get intensive coaching and training, and the city will act as launching customer for the most promising solutions. Startup in residence is a programme where it connects challenges in the municipality and also some other governmental organisations and ask startups to react to these challenges. Startups in residence aims to boost the start-up ecosystem by encouraging a better quality of startups. It also creates chances for young entrepreneurs and a more efficient, smart and liveable city. It permits start-ups to contact the municipality for help and pilot projects. The objective for the municipality is to buy a product from the startups using a new way of procurement.
Take away message
European regions and cities have to seriously consider public procurement as an innovative tool. It is essential to bring people into the process. The best way is to open all the process to stakeholders that is why they have to be part of designing this process. PCP and PPI enable a rupture of traditional roles and closed systems inviting all stakeholder into an open dialogue.
“What is needed is not new or adapted instruments for knowledge transfer, but something quite different: the spaces in which interactions can take place” (Geoffrey Crossick, A lecture to the Royal Society of Arts).
” We want to reform and open up the traditional and closed educational systems to achieve increased learning results by using the purchase power of public procurement to steer user driven innovations” - Ellinor Wallin CEO of AB Technologies
Startups in residence aims to boost the start-up ecosystem by better quality of start-ups. It also creates chances for young entrepreneurs and a more efficient, smart and liveable city. Lian De Boer - Economic Advisor of the City of Groningen