A pre-commercial procurement challenges industry to develop innovative solutions to meet public sector needs.
This innovative procurement generates value for both the public and private sector and may give companies a first customer reference that provides a competitive advantage on the market.
Pre-commercial procurement enables the public purchaser to compare alternative potential solutions and filter out the best possible innovations that the market can deliver to address the public need. This enables public authorities to modernize public services faster and to create opportunities for the supplying companies to take international leadership in new markets.
Innovations in this context are defined as new or significantly improved goods, services, processes, organisational and governance forms or models that are introduced to enhance value creation and for the benefit of society.