European Week of Regions and Cities
8-11 October 2018 Brussels

Pre-Commercial Procurement: challenges faced by regions and cities

October 9, 2018 from 11:30 to 13:00

This session will highlight how public procurers can increase innovation from the demand side by buying the development and testing new solutions. To illustrate this purpose, two projects involving PCP and PPI will be presented, namely: "Learning Accelerating Platform (LEA); focusing on PCP in the sector of Education", followed by the "Start-up in Residence" project, which develops opportunities and innovative solutions (PPI) for start-ups. The debate will feature participatory exercises and will be guided by a chairperson with relevant experience in this field, with the aim of developing specific and operational solutions on the PCP/PPI challenges via brainstorming between experts and regional stakeholders.  

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Participatory sessions
Eurico Neves
Lian De Boer, Eurico Neves, Ellinor Wallin
Education, culture and youth
Startup Europe Regions Network
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 313
28/09/2018

Session summary

With years of professional experience in the field of Public Procurement, Mr. Eurico Neves took part at the session as the 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 by designing this process.

Mrs. 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 Public 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 in 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 the 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 education field enable a rupture of traditional roles and closed systems inviting all stakeholder in 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 program for startups created by “Founded in Groningen”: Startup Residence. It is a 5 months program 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 program where it connects challenges in the municipality and also some other governmental organisations  and ask startups to react on these challenges. Startups in residence aims to boost the start-up ecosystem by 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 finality for the municipality is to buy a product from the startups with 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 by designing this process. PCP and PPI enable a rupture of traditional roles and closed systems inviting all stakeholder in an open dialogue.

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“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

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