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Challenging Procurement Series: Innovation procurement to solve global challenges

DATE : 22 October 2020
LOCATION : Online Event
START TIME : 2:30 pm END TIME : 3:30 pm

Join the first webinar in this series and hear from our expert panel.

To view the webinar via Zoom click here

or watch via the live stream on YouTube below

Governments around the world are recognising the importance and power of public procurement to address global challenges, connecting the needs of place with innovative suppliers. What innovation procurement approaches have demonstrated impact? What policies and skills will boost innovation? How can places embed these practices within their procurement approaches? Join the webinar to hear from our expert panel.


  • André Tortato Rauen, Director of Innovation Studies at the Brazilian Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA)
  • Kevin O’Malley, Innovation Lead/ SBRI Lead Customer, Clean Growth & Infrastructure, Innovate UK
  • Salla Koivusalo, Leading Sustainable Development Adviser at Motiva
  • Chair: Dr Oliver Kirsch, Senior Technology Strategy Analyst, Connected Places Catapult


14.30 – Presentations from speakers

15:00 – Panel discussion & questions from audience

15.30 – Webinar ends

About the Challenging Procurement webinar series

This Connected Places Catapult programme showcases the potential of public procurement to deliver innovative products and services, while engaging ground-breaking suppliers, especially SMEs. This monthly webinar series will provide a forum to discuss best practice across innovation procurement and will be ideal for place leaders, procurement professionals, commissioners and innovators in local services. The series will also include quarterly roundtable sessions to provide an avenue for exciting innovators to engage and share their experiences.