Public procurement – the act of government purchasing goods and services – is an important topic for policymakers these days. A responsive procurement process enables governments to efficiently select high-quality vendors, resulting in the provision of well-run services to citizens. Government can also become an anchor customer for smaller, innovative companies, thereby supporting and nurturing the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Given procurement’s integral importance to well-functioning public service, discussions about how to improve procurement processes are in high demand. The need for these conversations is one of the reasons why Guelph’s Civic Accelerator pilot project has caught the attention of governments and procurement aficionados across Canada. The Guelph Civic Accelerator is changing the way government approaches procurement within the existing regulatory context, creating more commercialization opportunities for startups, and catalyzing long overdue discussions on how government can leverage its strengths and work more collaboratively to deliver more accessible and responsive public services.
We asked for key insights on how the Guelph Civic Accelerator team was able to make this new, alternative process a success. We recommend governments that are keen to innovate their own procurement processes do the following:
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