Innovation Procurement Brokers

Bringing public buyers and suppliers of innovation together

The Innovation Procurement Brokers project aims to facilitate the procurement of innovative goods and services by strengthening the links between public buyers on the demand side and innovative companies on the supply side. Public buyers are supported in the identification of their needs and, once ready, connected with SMEs and start-ups able to develop innovative solutions responding to their requirements. A total of five regional procurement of innovation broker schemes will be piloted in the Upper Austria Region, Denmark, North Rhine Westfalia (Germany), Ireland and Andalusia (Spain), then scaled up to a European level.

Innovation procurement brokerage can provide increased opportunities for SMEs with solutions to public authority needs to bid for tenders. Public authorities will benefit from increased knowledge of and access to new market innovations.

Who we address?

  • Public buyers
  • SMEs and start-ups
  • Organisations supporting innovation procurement

What will be done?

  • We will test innovation procurement brokerage approaches at regional and European level
  • We will support and carry out assessments of public authority needs
  • We will engage with start-ups and SMEs across Europe to find innovative solutions to needs

Planned outcomes

  • 1 combined Innobrokers model for future activities
  • 5 market engagement events
  • 5 needs assessment workshops
  • 20 public buyers engaged with the network
  • 40 suppliers engaged with the network

Innovation Procurement Brokerage is a two-year EU-funded project that started in August 2018.

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