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Innovation Procurement Partnership Programme Call

The European Innovation Council is open for new collaborations with Public & Private Procurers of Innovation in Europe.

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Innovation Procurement Partnership Programme Call

The European Innovation Council (EIC) stimulates strong collaboration between the innovative companies it funds and large public or private companies or contracting authorities, investors, technology giants and industrial leaders to spur new partnerships and help small high-innovative companies scale-up their business.

The EIC Business Acceleration Services has developed since 2020 its EIC Innovation Procurement Partnership Programme to allow EIC-funded companies to boost their network and meet relevant innovation procurement makers from the most ambitious public or private companies or institutions in Europe.

From March 2020 until June 2021, 7 initiatives have been organised through “EIC Procurers Days”and “EIC Multiprocurers Days” with participation of +100 public or private procurers partners like:

  • With pharma sector

Ypsomed AG, Pfizer, Scoutbee, Evotec

  • With University/large hospitals

UZ Leuven hospital Belgium, Universitätsklinikum Halle Germany, National Healthcare Service Center Hungary, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge Spain, Catalan Health and Social Care Consortium Spain, CONSIP Italy, Service achat de l’armée française, Hopital Robert Schuman Luxemburg, NHS Commercial Solutions UK, RESAH Réseau des Acheteurs Hospitaliers France, Mercurshop Belgium, Health Proc Europe, SCR Piemonte, AMGROS Denmark, National Centralized Health Procurement Authority Greece, Magen David red Cross Israel, Sykehusinnkjøp Norway, PIANNOo The Netherlands, Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres, CUF hospitals Portugal, CAIB Switzerland

  • With postal services

Belgian Post

  • With mobility infrastructures

Brisa Portugal, Vienna Transport System - Wiener Linien, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe - Berlin Transport

  • With robotic and industrial processes

Funke Mediengruppe, Jakob Müller Holding AG (CH), NanogateManagement Services GmbH, K+S Group, KFW Bankengruppe and DMG Mori AG

Over 60 EIC-funded startups/scaleups/SMEs and +200 procurers employees - +100 procuring organisation - high level representatives have been able to participate in these initiatives reporting a business impact of 20% follow-up discussions and almost 5% of business deals in less than 12 months, including pilots, proofs of concept and other business collaborations.

The satisfaction rate among procurers’ representatives has reached 86%, proving the efficiency of the concept: bridging the gap between innovative SMEs and large public & private procurers can prove to be a vital strategy for introducing innovations and reaching new clients.

What we offer is access to our portfolio of over 5500 highly innovative SMEs from all sectors and countries across Europe and to breakthrough technologies being developed in the most prominent labs in Europe. Check the characteristics and performance of our portfolio in the EIC Impact report. You could either get involved in the EIC Public & Private Procurers of Innovation Partnership programme or include your innovation challenge on our EIC Community challenge platform.

Public & Private Procurers taking part in the Innovation Partnership programme will also have the opportunity to

  • participate in matchmaking events tailored to their needs and meet with selected innovators
  • gaining access to possible innovation partnerships & EIC coaches

We are looking for Public & Private Procurers of Innovation with open innovation spirit, interested in integrating innovations coming from startups/SMEs and research projects directly into their business offering, procurement and R&D activities as well as investing in high innovative companies.

The European Innovation Council is open for new collaborations with the largest and more innovative  public or private companies or institutions in Europe. To join the programme, please apply here.

Do not miss our financial opportunities to support you further in your work to procure more innovative solutions, notably in co-creating pilots with EIC companies – for more info on our call for proposals , please see section VI.7 of the 2021 EIC Work Programme, “Co-Creation with Public and Private Buyers of Innovations”. The call will be published on 1 July 2021 on the Funding & Tenders Portalwith deadline for submission on 28 October 2021.

Criteria for the EIC Public & Private Procurers of Innovation Partnership Programme

In order to reach the highest impact for our innovative SMEs and innovators, the EIC looks specifically for:

  1. Largest Public & Private Procurers of Innovation in Europe  - cumulative criteria:
    • More than 500M EUR annual procurement budget
    • More than 1k employees worldwide
    • Presence in at least 1 EU27 Member States
    • Volunteer policy to work with European startups-scaleups/SMEs
  2. Focus on the EIC portfolio needs, with main topics on: Health, ICT, Energy and Transport, various public services, security & safety, green technologies.

Welcome on-board of the EIC innovation ecosystem!