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Innovation Radar Newsletter

European Blockchain Pre-Commercial Procurement

The European Commission is looking for novel blockchain solutions for the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure. The call for tenders for the pre-commercial procurement has now closed.

Danish disinfection robots save lives in the fight against the Corona virus

Back in 2014-2017, Blue Ocean Robotics created a self-driving disinfection robot in a pre-commercial procurement for a buyers group from several Danish regions. Since then, the Danish start-up attracted $48,7M USD Venture Funding, experienced a steep growth to over dkk 850 million valuation and +200 employees, and is tipped to become Denmark’s next unicorn. The company already sold its disinfection robot to over 60 countries that are now using it to combat the Corona virus.

Smart mobility company Be-Mobile leverages PCP to accelerate growth track

Back in 2014, the Belgian smart mobility scale-up Be-Mobile created a real-time traffic solution for the ‘shockwave traffic jam’ pre-commercial procurement (PCP) of road authorities in the Province of North-Brabant. In the meantime, Be-Mobile has more than maximised its results: the company employs 300% more employees, was partially acquired by Belgium’s biggest telco operator Proximus and expanded its activities in over 30 countries beyond the Benelux borders.

The Nordics join forces on green innovation procurement

Nordic cities and municipalities are joining forces to challenge together the market to get innovative green solutions. The group includes Oslo, Bergen, Kristiansand, Trondheim, Turku, Göteborg, Kaarina, Gladsaxe and Orebro. Together they will initiate a market dialogue (on 26 March 2020 and 23 April 2020) to find solutions for «emission-free delivery of goods and services». Register online to get updates on the market dialogue and the upcoming procurements.

Impacts of EU funded Pre-Commercial Procurements

Interested in the impacts achieved by pre-commercial procurements (PCPs) funded by the EU's research and innovation program? Check out new data about the link between PCP and venture capital and its impact on the commercialization success rate of companies and the modernization of public services (see slide pack). Check out also updated data how the impacts of the EU funded PCPs compare to those of PCPs implemented at national level or to those of other procurement approaches, such as the innovation partnership procedure.

NewCompliance: how a smart Startup uses pre-commercial procurement to grow internationally

Applause for NewCompliance, a Dutch startup that developed its Operating Room (OR) Cockpit solution for hospitals during the EU funded THALEA pre-commercial procurement in 2015-2016. Since then, more than 35 hospitals in Europe and the US have bought the solution. NewCompliance also attracted $3 million of Venture Capital investment this summer and is extending its distribution channels and partnerships with large vendors.