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Space4Cities opportunities for Flemish companies

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Programmes Digital, Industry & Space   Horizon Europe  

SPACE4Cities is a Horizon Europe funded pre-commercial procurement project that aims to procure replicable solutions, via smart use of European satellite data, for better and more dynamic management of public space, green areas, transport infrastructure and city maintenance—and the cities’ overall resilience.

Open Market Consultation

To prepare the €2.87 million Call for Tenders and its specifications, SPACE4Cities partners are conducting an Open Market Consultation (OMC) from June 2024 until the end of October 2024.

In the SPACE4Cities Pre-Commercial Procurement, five innovative solutions will be selected at the end of a three-step process and will then be implemented for five public procurers: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Athens (Attica region), Ghent and Guimarães.

To this end, Suppliers will be invited to submit their tenders in Q1 2025 while the Call for tenders is open. Suppliers may be either companiesresearch centres or non-profit organisations and may submit a tender as part of a consortium or as a single entity.

To prepare the €2.87 million Call for Tenders and its specifications, SPACE4Cities partners are conducting an Open Market Consultation (OMC) from June 2024 until the end of October 2024. The questions asked, feedback and results obtained during the OMC will help SPACE4Cities partners to elaborate the most appropriate requirements possible.

Participating in the OMC is an undeniable asset in order to prepare for the call for tenders. In fact, suppliers are invited to explain what is currently being done on the market, how they can innovate, comment on the feasibility of the PCP process, and start thinking about their submission. 

 To allow that, SPACE4Cities strives to create an open forum via the following tools:

  • A series of three European-wide webinars held in English;
  • One webinar in each procurer’s language to stimulate the national ecosystem;
  • A confidential survey to specify on the three targeted markets;
  • A regularly updated Q&A page gathering all questions from the previous channels;
  • matchmaking form to facilitate consortium-building between suppliers. Organisations that have filled the matchmaking form are listed in the matchmaking list.
  • An interactive OMC Community on LinkedIn where you can ask questions and search consortium partners.

SPACE4Cities commits to keep a strictly fair, transparent and open market consultation and reminds all stakeholders that participating in the OMC does not provide any preference for the forthcoming €2.87 million call for tenders, planned in the first quarter of 2025. However, all insights received until November 2024 will help to refine our challenges and feed our specifications.

Participation in the OMC is not mandatory in order to participate in the Call for Tenders.

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