Innovation Procurement Brokers

Bringing public buyers and suppliers of innovation together


The Innovation Procurement Brokers project has worked to facilitate the procurement of innovative goods and services by strengthening the links between public buyers on the demand side and innovative companies on the supply side. Public buyers were supported in the identification of their needs and, once ready, connected with SMEs and start-ups able to develop innovative solutions responding to their requirements. A total of five regional procurement of innovation broker schemes were piloted in the Upper Austria Region, Denmark, North Rhine Westfalia (Germany), Ireland and Andalusia (Spain), then scaled up to a European level.

Innovation procurement brokerage can provide increased opportunities for SMEs with solutions to public authority needs to bid for tenders. Public authorities can benefit from increased knowledge of and access to new market innovations.  


Who did we address?

  • Public buyers
  • SMEs and start-ups
  • Organisations supporting innovation procurement


What was done?

  • We tested innovation procurement brokerage approaches at regional and European level
  • We supported and carried out assessments of public authority needs
  • We engaged with start-ups and SMEs across Europe to find innovative solutions to needs



  • 1 combined Innobrokers model for future activities
  • 5 market engagement events
  • 5 needs assessment workshops
  • 20 public buyers engaged with the network
  • 40 suppliers engaged with the network


Join the Innovation Procurement Brokers Network group in the Procurement Forum.

Innovation Procurement Brokerage is a two-year EU-funded project that started in August 2018 and finished in August 2020.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s COSME research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  811311.The sole responsibility for any error or omissions lies with the editor. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission. The European Commission is also not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

Innovation Procurement Brokers project co-ordinator:

Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento

Innovation Procurement Brokers partners:
  • AAC Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento (ES)

  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)

  • GATE 21 (DK)

  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (DE)

  • OOE Land Oberösterreich (AT)

  • PTI Procurement Transformation Institute (IE)

  • ZENIT Zentrum für Innovation und Technik Nordrhein-Westfahlen (DE)

Contact Project Coordinator

Lucía Díaz (AAC): info(at)