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DEX IC is author of PPI2Innovate project. We facilitated, developed and managed the project preparation.

Project name: Capacity building to boost usage of PPI in Central Europe

Programme priority: Cooperating on innovation to make CENTRAL EUROPE more competitive

Programme priority specific objective: To improve sustainable linkages among actors of the innovation systems for strengthening regional innovation capacity in central Europe

Lead partner: Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. (CTRIA)

Duration: 1. 6. 2016 – 31. 5. 2019

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PPI is a powerful tool to boost innovation. The public sector demands, by using PPI the innovative services or products that are not yet available on the market or not at large scale on the market and thus forces the providers to innovate. PPI is well supported on EC level (i.e. FP7, H2020), there exist also various guidance and training tools already for few years. But in majority of CE regions there is missing boost the PPI usage, because available tools are not customized to national frameworks and regional knowledge hubs are missing.

PPI2Innovate project targets directly public procurers on all administrative levels in CE with aim to build regional capacities in PPI, change attitude towards PPI, strengthen linkages among relevant stakeholders in regional innovation systems and thus boost usage of PPI.

It will be achieved by:

  • Development of Thematic PPI2Innovate Tools for SMART Health, Energy and ICT fully customized to 6 national institutional frameworks and translated
  • Establishment of 6 Regional Competence Centers for PPI and their CE network
  • Development of 6 Action plans to implement 8 PPI projects in each region
  • Realization of 4 PPI pilots to strengthen linkages of involved stakeholders, to apply transregional “learning by doing approach” and to show success stories of demanded innovative solutions and related public procurement in 4 CE regions
  • PPI pilots will start with definition of demanded innovative solutions, continue with public procurement and finish by signature of the contracts with private suppliers, winners of the procurement

Target groups:

  • Local Public Authority
  • Regional Public Authority
  • National Public Authority
  • Infrastructure and (public) service provider

Why to support PPI?

  • Some regions lagging behind in innovation performance (Innovation Scoreboard), while PPI can support it – demand for innovation driven also by public actors
  • Improvement of linkages among actors in innovative ecosystems

Specific objectives:

  • Development of transnational Smart PPI2Innovate Tool including customisation to national frameworks

  • Facilitate sustainable Network of Competence Centres for PPI in CE

  • Pilot PPI projects to prove concept of PPI2Innovate Tools, Competence Centres capacities and to strength knowledge capacity inside all Centres through learning by doing process

In the framework of project   PPI2Innovate, there will be developed Action Plans for operation of competence centres (regional or national knowledge and support centre for PPI).

Objectives of Competence Centres:

  • Improve knowledge of employees of public procures in PPI 
  • Support them in usage of PPI, particularly PPI2Innovate Tool
  • Influence attitude and change behaviour of public procurers, so they will use PPI
  • Strengthen linkages among procurers, research institutions or other relevant actors from innovation systems

List of partners in PPI2Innovate project:

  • Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit (Hungary)

  • DEX Innovation Centre (Czech Republic)

  • Municipality of Lublin (Poland)

  • University of Turin (Italy)

  • Piemonte Region (Italy)

  • ICT Technology Network Institute (Slovenia)

  • Ministry of Public Administration (Slovenia)

  • Somogy County Government (Hungary)

  • Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (Croatia)

  • Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (Poland)


Dominika Bucová, DEX Innovation Centre, Czech Republic

Coordinator of Communication Activities and Project manager in Czech Republic

Rumjancevova  696/3, 46001 Liberec, Czech Republic

email: dominika.bucova@dex-ic.com , telephone: +420 732 540 574


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