Breakout Session 2


Innovate, integrate, motivate: inspiring people to do innovation procurement

This session will look at the factors likely to influence which approach to innovation procurement is most appropriate in different situations, and how these approaches can be embedded in your organisation.

Pressures of time and resources, prioritisation in other areas and lack of skills for market engagement can mean that ‘true innovation’ is hard to achieve through procurement.

However, innovation is about finding new and better ways of doing things. A better-designed product or building can improve productivity and comfort while reducing environmental impact. New ways of keeping records or sharing information can enhance the efficiency of administration. Some innovations will save costs immediately for public authorities, whereas others will require an initial investment in order to realise longer-term gains. In a time of decreasing public budgets, innovation can facilitate the delivery of vital infrastructure and services.

Innovation procurement can often seem like a challenging proposition however, no matter where you are, or what the size of your procurement budget is, implementing innovation is possible.

Session Description 



Marlene Grauer, International Project Manager, Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics, Germany

Gaynor Whyles, Director, Jera Consulting

Niklas Tideklev, Innovation Procurement Strategist, National Agency for Public Procurement, Sweden

Matija Matokovic, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Silke Guggenbichler, Project Manager, International Projects, Competence Centre on Innovation Procurement, Austria

Amalia Ochoa, Coordinator, ICLEI Europe

Sara Bedin, EU Independent Expert on Innovation Procurement, Italy

Lieve Bos, Policy officer innovation procurement, Directorate General Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission