IdeiaGov has provided many lessons from the Pitch-Gov, an initiative also launched by the Sao Paulo State Government by the end of 2015, in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Startups, to identify innovative solutions developed by startups to solve the challenges of public administration in the fields of education, statistics and data analysis, public finance, housing, sanitation, energy, health, transparency, and transportation.
One of the limitations of the program, which in the first edition received more than 300 proposals for solutions developed by startups in the areas of health, education, and citizen facilities, of which nine were selected, was the difficulty in the implementation of projects by the government.
Some of the reasons identified were the lack of encouragement and support in the testing phase, the internal misalignment with the team that would implement the solution, and having no legislation mature enough to account for the various paths that the selected innovative proposals could follow, explains Felipe Massami Maruyama, director of government innovation of the Impact Hub and who is at the head of IdeiaGov.
“The Pitch Gov, on the occasion of the launch of the program, could not enjoy, for example, the maturing of legislation that emerged later, such as the new legal framework of Science, Technology, and innovation, which brought a legal framework that could contribute to the implementation of innovative solutions,” he says.
Sanctioned at the beginning of 2016, the new legal framework regulates long-term partnerships between the public and private sectors, gives greater flexibility of action to scientific, technological, and innovation institutions (STIs), as well as their support entities.
One of the legislation innovations is the possibility of exemption from bidding by the public administration in the contracting of innovative services or products of micro, small, and medium-sized companies.
It also establishes the possibility of using the Differentiated Public Procurement Regime (DPR) for actions in bodies and entities dedicated to science, technology, and innovation. It also provides for the possibility of governors and mayors to establish a simplified regime, with its own rules for acquisitions in these areas.
“Despite this, the Pitch Gov program represented a milestone, bringing to the fore the importance of interactions with the entrepreneurship ecosystem and open innovation policies driven by government demands, being a reference for many initiatives that have emerged since then,” Maruyama evaluates.
In the second edition of Pitch Gov, in 2017, FAPESP launched a joint call for the Innovative Research in Small Companies Program (PIPE) with Pitch Gov, through which 8 research projects were selected.
Excerpt from the interview given to the editor Elton Alisson | Research for Innovation
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