Barcelona: Open for business, open for innovation
What is BCN | Open Challenge?
Barcelona City Council and Citymart announce an international call for businesses and entrepreneurs to propose their innovative solutions to six different challenges to transform public space and services in the city.
As a radical departure from many competitions, the BCN|Open Challenge is a direct commitment to contract the winning solutions. Winners of many urban competitions receive an award or the opportunity to pilot. Barcelona is breaking this mould by using public contracting to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and the growth of small and medium enterprises.
Within the framework of the economic development initiative Barcelona Growth, BCN|Open Challenge is a new programme opening up the city administration to SMEs from around the world to transform public services. By seeking solutions to the city’s challenges with a more inclusive process, Barcelona will accelerate innovation and leverage public spending more effectively to deliver better public services. For the first time, public procurement directly focuses on innovation providers, leading to faster, stronger local economic growth and tangible improvements in citizens’ lives.
At the heart of the BCN|Open Challenge is a commitment from Barcelona City Council to:
- Procure and implement the 6 selected winning solutions. This promise is backed up by a dedicated innovation fund of 1 million euro.
- Support winning companies with a business package for growth including free space for landing or growing in Barcelona, support with financial and human capital development or coordination with relevant local partners.
- Validate project references for the winners to strengthen their credentials when accessing other new markets.
Traditional procurement typically precludes small or international providers or new business models. With this initiative, Barcelona is offering companies the best support possible by becoming a significant, open-minded and importantly, prompt-paying client. This will not only support the development and growth of the solution, but provide the company with an excellent reference for business development around the world from Barcelona, a city recognised internationally for innovation.
Everyone agrees on the importance of promoting economic growth and quality of life through innovative activity. BCN|Open Challenge shows that Barcelona is focused on designing the best possible environment for creativity, innovation and growth.
OPEN FOR SUBMISSION UNTIL 16 JUNE 2014
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