Public sector special award 2024


IPEC and SES Introducing the Public Sector Special Award 2024


Innovation Procurement Empowerment Centre (IPEC) has teamed up with the “Startup Ecosystem Stars (SES)” to present a special prize at the 2024 Awards scheduled for December 6th in Paris.

Co-organised by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the global open innovation platform Mind the Bridge, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission, and with support from Microsoft, the SES Awards aim to recognise excellence among organisations fostering innovation within their ecosystems. The awards not only showcase success stories but also promote collaboration and stimulate opportunities for growth within innovation ecosystems.

Procurement fuels public sector innovation worldwide. We are seeing brilliant case studies from across the world on how the public sector is bringing in market innovation to deliver better, cheaper and quicker outcomes. IPEC champions this progress, encouraging nominations for outstanding achievements. Our special award aims to institutionalise innovation, foster collaboration between private and public sectors and start ups, and honour best practices, driving continuous advancement across the public sector.

Rikesh Shah, Head of Innovation Procurement Empowerment Centre at Connected Places Catapult

By recognising and celebrating innovative initiatives within the public sector, the dedicated award at SES 2024 reinforces the commitment to fostering impactful partnerships and driving societal progress through innovation.

The public sector is a market shaper when it comes to innovation. There are many challenges to be solved that can make society better through partnerships between the public and private sectors using procurement. Public authorities can unlock more value through using procurement to do things better, cheaper, and quicker.

Alberto Onetti, Chairman of Mind the Bridge

We’re seeking innovators who have led the charge in public sector innovation through initiatives such as:

  • Application of design thinking principles to shape challenges
  • Market scouting to bring in diverse suppliers
  • Exploring new procurement routes
  • Implementing effective change management techniques to scale good ideas

Suppliers are also welcome to submit nominations. Please ensure you obtain permission of the local authority before proceeding with your nomination.

Winning organisations will be invited to attend the official Award Ceremony event at ICC Global Headquarters in Paris in December. Rikesh Shah, who sits on the Judging Committee for both Startup Ecosystem Stars (SES) and Corporate Startup Stars (CSS), will have the honour of presenting the prize for the curated award.

Applications for the SES Awards are open until 31 July 2024. Interested organisations are invited to submit their programs and initiatives for consideration.

Watch Mind the Chat with Rikesh Shah, Head of IPEC, and Alberto Onetti, the Chairman of Mind the Bridge to discover how the public sector can drive innovation and learn how your initiatives can make a significant impact.

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