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Barcelona revolutionises business growth by linking innovation and public procurement

08 May 2014

Barcelona City Council is inviting local and international companies to propose innovative solutions to six challenges focused on improving the quality of urban life and municipal services

BCN|Open Challenge is aimed at local and international entrepreneurial companies that have developed innovative solutions to solve challenges that have an impact on citizens, like mobility, urban innovation, commerce, culture and social services, among others. The deadline for submitting projects ends on June 16.

One of the distinctive features of this programme is that it links public procurement and innovation for the first time to promote business growth. Barcelona City Council has committed to implementing the programme's winning solutions thanks to a start-up fund of one million euro, an incentive for innovation and financing for businesses that want to start-up or grow in the city

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The EPSA 2015 winners are…

Supra-local and local award: Every Child Safe Forever – The Development of Relentless Family Case Management and the End of Parole and Other Court Orders, submitted by the Youth Protection Amsterdam Region (NL)
European, national and regional award: BQ-Portal – The Information Portal for Foreign Professional Qualifications, submitted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (DE)
Cross-cutting award: Urban Environment and Health, submitted by the Barcelona Provincial Council (ES)
Read more about the EPSA 2015 final event and award ceremony

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