Government Buys Innovation



Policy areas

Organisation name NIDO

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Contact person: Frédéric Baervoets, Manager Innovation lab

Second prize winner in the category Innovative in EPSA 2021:

NIDO’s core business consists of enabling innovation within governments, public services and public administrations by supporting civil servants in their quest for change. Its new project Government Buys Innovation is a modern version of public procurement, focused on the active search for innovative solutions available on the market. By reconsidering the way of interaction between the public and the private sector, NIDO aims to transform public entities into pioneers for new creative ideas, modernising countries in the benefit of companies and citizens.

Its novelty consists of not only making the goal of a more modern public sector feasible, but also in changing the principles of the classic public procurement. It provides assistance and the possibility of improvement to any public sector entity. NIDO’s work consists of support and expertise to find the best and most innovative result for every specific project. Its expertise consists of asking the right questions, helping to formulate and frame the problem. It guides civil servants in the process of open mindedness and creativity, and tries to engage businesses that might offer out-of-the-box approaches. Read more here.

So far, Government Buys Innovation has focused on only local businesses and solutions. The main goal was to be well known and have a regular inflow of possible solutions from businesses all over the country.

Currently, ‘Government Buys Innovation’ is conducting two experiments and two market consultations. The team is in contact with over twenty public entities for potential future challenges; this is a good basis to indicate the potential of the project. After about six months, it can already be seen that Government Buys Innovation is growing steadily. Given its rapid advancements, it is only to be expected that it will gain even more traction once there is greater awareness and word-of-mouth recommendations.

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