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Webinar: Radical innovation for places - Can COVID-19 projects become a Catapult?

DATE : 12 May 2020
LOCATION : Online event
START TIME : 11:00 am END TIME : 12:00 am

The COVID-19 emergency has ignited many innovation-driven procurements.

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From 11:00 BST (BST) on Tuesday 12 May, you can access the webinar on Zoom by clicking here.

The rule-makers have actively encouraged the use of innovation-focused tools. Can this unconstrained approach to innovation procurement be sustained post-COVID-19? What policies and skills will boost innovation in the post-COVID-19 economy? How can places emerge from this crisis with deeply embedded innovative approaches?

You are invited to discuss your ideas and experiences with our expert panel, which will share the findings of recent global research to frame the debate.

To coincide with Tuesday’s (12th) webinar ‘Radical Innovation for places – Can COVID-19 projects become a Catapult? We have launch the Radical Innovation for Places post COVID Report. We are  engaging with experts and representative bodies from across the public procurement ecosystem to challenge the myths surrounding public procurement, outline best practice for the procurement of innovation by the public sector and support new routes to market for innovative suppliers, and the report reflects on the benefits of ambitious innovation programmes and the methods that place leaders can use to realise impact for their local businesses and citizens.


  • Sam Markey, Director of Strategic Analysis, Connected Places Catapult
  • Malcolm Harbour CBE, Associate, Connected Places Catapult
  • Dr. Oliver Kirsch, Senior Technology Strategy Analyst, Connected Places Catapult
  • Matthieu Cahen, Deputy Head of the Public Procurement Unit, OECD

More speakers will be announced shortly.


  • 11:00 – Presentations from speakers
  • 11:45Questions from the audience
  • 12:00Webinar ends

All times BST

For more information and resources on procurement, please visit our dedicated page Challenging Procurement.