The PROCEDIN Consortium is a group of experts in the field of procurement and innovation, brought together to deliver a project focused on building capabilities in innovation procurement. The consortium is made up of individuals from key stakeholder groups, including industry, academia, and public administration, ensuring that a diverse range of perspectives and experiences are represented.
The team members have substantial, well-established networks that they will use to drive the project forward, leveraging their connections and expertise to achieve the project’s objectives. They are uniquely positioned to deliver this project, as they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in procurement, innovation, and project management. The team members have the skills and resources necessary to successfully implement the project and deliver tangible outcomes for the stakeholders.
The University of Twente (UT) is a leading technical university in the Netherlands, with a High Tech, Human Touch ethos. At the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Science (BMS), collaboration with external stakeholders and across disciplinary boundaries is central to the way we organise and develop our technology and innovation-focused research and education. Over 25 staff from BMS and engineering – including 3 full professors – specialise in procurement in manufacturing, construction/infrastructure, health and public sectors. UT has recently committed to further, strategic investment in this theme; the role of procurement in innovation ecosystems and eco-transitions are central. Procurement experts work alongside experts in innovation and entrepreneurship, and research and education cover procurement strategy and innovation, connecting the interests of public and private buyers.
The UT is not only the PROCEDIN project coordinator, but also the supporter of all activities in the project related to the strategic development of strategic procurement (private and public buyers). With the UT’s experience in research and education in procurement, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership of strategic change we are supporting several key tasks in the project and lead work package 4 – Future leaders.
Based in Slovakia, PEDAL Consulting is an innovation management consulting firm specialising in entrepreneurship and business development through all its phases. It has got 12+ years of experience in the design and implementation of partnerships and cooperation models while addressing societal challenges. PEDAL is the leading SME national performer with the most approved and successfully implemented grants under the Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe and COSME programmes of the European Commission. The company dedicates its efforts to transforming great ideas from the lab into business-led market solutions. PEDAL Consulting has got extended networks in all EU member states, but also in wider Europe, Eurasia, Africa, MENA, South America, and the United States.
As a PROCEDIN consortium partner, PEDAL is involved in different tasks of the project implementation. PEDAL is leading the activities related to the engagement and recruitment of stakeholders, especially mapping and clustering stakeholders but also all the other related tasks. At the same time, as PEDAL has a long and proven track record in implementing successfully EU-funded projects of a similar type and scope, it is working closely in tandem with UT on project management activities, including data management, planning of project meetings, reporting, etc. PEDAL is also supporting other activities of the project.
F6S is an Irish SME, and the world’s largest platform for founders. F6S Innovation boosts the growth and scaling of founders, startups, SMEs and other actors in the innovation ecosystem by managing public funded programmes. Opportunities include equity-free funding and value driven services such as incubation and acceleration, mentoring, piloting, corporate matchmaking, soft-landing missions, and networking with investors. Moreover, F6S provides growth and scaling opportunities to the tech ecosystem with programmes funded by the European Commission and other governmental institutions. The company delivers impact by managing open calls and funding to third parties, driving open innovation connections, coordinating dissemination and communication activities, and conducting exploitation and impact generation activities.
Within PROCEDIN, F6S is responsible for effectively communicating and sharing the results of the project with relevant stakeholders. This includes creating and distributing project reports, as well as ensuring that the project’s findings are presented at conferences, workshops, and other events. F6S is also responsible for ensuring that the project results are widely available to the public through various means such as website, social media, and other online platforms. Additionally, F6S works closely with project partners and the EU to ensure that the project results are effectively disseminated and reach their intended audiences. Overall, the main goal of F6S is to maximise the impact and visibility of the project results in order to increase their potential for replication and scaling up.
One of the partners in the EU funded project PROCEDIN is the Municipality of Haarlem. Haarlem is an innovative, cultural, green Dutch city between Amsterdam and the North Sea with approximate 165.000 inhabitants. The Municipality of Haarlem is stimulating and creating sustainable, social and circular projects to achieve its city goals: 100% circular procurement in 2030, 100% gas free in 2040 and 100% climate neutral in 2050.
Haarlem brings access to the project the Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement, a large European network of public buyers, partners, stakeholders and organisations in the field of innovative, sustainable, social, green and circular public procurement has been established during the past 5 years. Within this network, knowledge is shared on how to achieve the EU Green Deal goals by creating tools, platforms and learning materials. Furthermore, it aim to share the knowledge with all Europeans working in the innovative and responsible procurement field, and are therefore partner in the EU funded projects PROCEDIN, PROTECT and LIFE Future Proof Sports Pitches. As a PROCEDIN partner, Haarlem also focuses on mapping procurers, creating a legal framework and dissemination of POI (Procurement on Innovation) information.
Gabrovo Municipality has distinguished itself as one of the leading municipalities in Bulgaria with administrative capacity and results in the field of development and implementation of sustainable policies and the use of Sustainable and Green Public Procurement as a tool for their achievement. Gabrovo won the European Green Leaf Award 2021 for its continuous efforts in championing a green transformation throughout all aspects of the city, including building awareness and public procurement. Gabrovo became one of 100 missions cities of EU in 2022 based on its efforts to achieve climate neutrality. Municipality of Gabrovo participated in SPP-Regions project in which acts as a leading partner in the network for sustainable public procurement, and EcoEnergy as a national expert organisation that will support the network for sustainable public procurement and will support the lead municipality. Together with the project’s partners Gabrovo municipality developed some tender models for sustainable/green public procurement.
As the leader of the Bulgarian network for innovative and sustainable public procurement, Gabrovo Municipality will share its experience as a policy maker and public procurer. As a partner in PROCEDIN, Gabrovo Municipality will actively test/validate approaches and ideas, developed by partners. Furthermore, it will support the communication and dissemination of all project results, not only within the territory of the municipality, but in the whole Bulgarian state through the EcoEnegry network. It will be responsible for the stakeholder’s engagement in the project, and organise all activities accordingly.