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The European Innovation Procurement Awards (EUIPA) 2023: the winners

Award ceremony

On 20 March 2024, at the Innovation Procurement Conference organised by the Belgian Presidency of the European Council, the winners of the third edition of the European Innovation Procurement Awards (EUIPA) were announced. It recognises outstanding initiatives that drive innovation and address societal challenges across the European Union. Read more about the winners of two award categories:

Innovation procurement initiative

Winner: Group for Innovation Procurement (GPI) initiative of Sardinia Research (Sardegna Ricerche), Italy

'GPI' received the award for having created a regional action plan for Innovation procurement and a ‘Group for Innovation Procurement’ that encourages public buyers in their region to implement innovation procurements. 

Find out more about GPI initiative of Sardinia Research in this video.


Second place: Consejería de Salud y Consumo de la Junta de Andalucía (Andalusia-PPI), Spain

The creation of a dedicated Public Procurement of Innovation Technical Office (PPI-TO) and the Andalusian Public Procurement of Innovation in Health Programme present a well-organised and strategic initiative to promote innovation in procurement. 



Facing societal challenges “green energy transition”

Winner: REGEN3TIQ by BEAM CUBE, France

'REGEN3TIQ' received the award for their innovative digital twin solution that reduces the energy consumption and the entire lifecycle ecological footprint of public infrastructure and construction works as well as the purchasing, maintenance and management cycle linked to those type of works. 

Find out more about REGEN3TIQ by BEAM CUBE in this video.



Jury Members

Rossana Alessandrello

She is the Value Based Procurement Director of the Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AQuAS), coordinator of the Value Based Procurement Subcommission of the Catalonian Department of Health Innovation and Transformation Commission, co-creator and Scientific Manager of iRaise (the very first Education Programme on high value care innovation adoption, semi-finalist of the European Innovation Procurement Leadership Award 2022 from the European Innovation Council and winner of Amparo Poch 2023 award in the category “Best Public Procurement Initiative for Innovation in Health” from Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud (IACS) and Universidad de Zaragoza) and co-coordinator of the European Connected Health Alliance Health Procurement Thematic Innovation Ecosystem. She coordinated DECIPHER, the very first cross-border pre-commercial procurement in mHealth co-funded by the European Commission (EC) and, since then, she either coordinates or contributes to several EC co-funded innovation actions,  pre-commercial procurements and public procurements of innovation, as RITMOCORE PPI that won the European Innovation Procurement Strategy Award 2022 from the European Innovation Council. Since 2020, she is invited lecturer to the Master of Advanced Public Procurement of the University of Barcelona. She is member of the VPH Institute Board of Director, the In Silico World Multi-stakeholder Advisory Board, the European DTx Policy Coalition Group and the EIT Health High Value Care (HVC) Educate Task Force.

Rossana Alessandrello


Ingrid De Doncker

She is an innovator in sustainable procurement and supply chain for the last 20 years. A sought-after speaker, and lecturer in three of Ireland’s universities, Ingrid is passionate about supporting business and supply chain teams to drive sustainable change to positively impact the environmental, social and governance (ESG) bottom line of a responsible business. Since 2017, she collaborates as a subject matter expert in public and private industry groups and is an advisor on various private organisations ESG advisory councils. As Co-founder and Head of Research and Innovation at Future Planet, she applies her deep supply chain expertise to collaborate with companies to deliver on their sustainable targets. Future Planet is like Google Map for Sustainability; It is a software platform that guides organisations to develop their sustainability strategy, tracks, and measures ESG data, actionable transition plans, and automates CSRD compliant reporting. Future Planet won the prestigious ‘Irish Times Innovation Award’ in November 2022 and the Business to Arts Award in 2023.

Ingrid De Doncker


Sven Erik Hargeskog

Sven Erik Hargeskog has a long-standing experience on public procurement, since 1986 (and before that private sector procurement), in particular of institutional building and system design, both in Sweden (until 2009) and internationally (until today). He was engaged in the first set-up of PCP in Brussels in June 2007, headed by Mr. Ulf Dahlsten, and thereafter in Vinnova and the Ministry of Trade. He worked for the Swedish Innovation Agency , Vinnova, 2007-2009, responsible for design of a system for Public Procurement for Innovation, (PPI) which also included PCP. He was a member of an EU project called OMC-PTP 2007-2011 (Public Technology Procurement as a Strategic Innovation Policy Mix Instrument). He developed the concept of PPI further, his research resulting in e.g., a technique called PDS – Problem Detection Study – to define the real needs of public procurement, leading to innovation.

Sven Erik Hargeskog


Philipp Riegebauer

Philipp is Chief Project Officer (CPO) at BABLE Smart Cities and has extensive experience in managing strategic change through projects, programs, and portfolios. He holds a clear vision of “what it takes” to acquire, manage and successfully deliver projects generating the highest impact. As a Professor at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences for infrastructural management he transfers his knowledge and experiences to our next generation.

Philipp Riegebauer