Public procurement of innovative solutions (PPI) is a powerful tool to boost innovation. The public sector demands innovative solutions that are not yet available or not at large scale on the market and thus forces providers to innovate. PPI is well supported on the European level (i.e. Horizon 2020), there exist also various guidance and training tools already for few years. So far they did not boost the PPI usage in the majority of central European regions because available tools are not customised to national frameworks and regional knowledge hubs are missing. PPI2Innovate targets directly public procurers on all administrative levels in central Europe with the aim to build regional capacities in PPI, to change attitude
towards PPI, to strengthen linkages among relevant stakeholders in regional innovation systems and to finally boost usage of PPI. The project will achieve this change by delivering innovative outputs such as 3 thematic PPI2Innovate tools for smart health, energy and ICT fully customized to 6 national institutional frameworks and translated. In addition the project will create 6 regional competence centres for PPI and their central European network as well as 6 action plans to implement 8 PPI projects in each region. 4 PPI pilots will strengthen linkages to apply a trans-regional “learning by doing approach” and to show success stories in 4 regions.
8. 3. 2017
10th of February 2017 a PPI2Innovate Regional InfoDay in Lublin, Poland took place. The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness about the project across all target groups in the region. Participants from 33 institutions, interested in the topic of innovation procurements attended this local event.
More about project partners you can find here: Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd.; DEX Innovation Centre; Municipality o Lublin; University of Turin; Piemonte Region; ICT Technology Network Institute; Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts; Somogy County Government; Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments; Rzeszow Regional Development Agency
College of Dunaújváros (Hungary); Technology Centre ASCR (Czech Republic); Municipality of Torino Development, Eu Funds, Innovation and Smart City Directorate (Italy); University of Maribor (Slovenia); Rzeszow University of Technology Department of Enterprise, Management and Ecoinnovation (Poland); Marshal Office of the Podkarpackie Region (Poland); Marshal Office of the Lubelskie Voivodeship in Lublin (Poland); Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts (Croatia)