Civitta Eesti AS

Civitta Eesti AS started its journey in Estonia — home of the world’s most digitally advanced society (e-Estonia) and a world-class start-up ecosystem.

As an innovation consultancy, Civitta provides a complete of services related to planning, implementation, outreach and impact assessment of science, research and innovation.

Established in 2004, CE has now 28 offices in 18 countries. Its international headquarters are located in Tartu, Estonia. Civitta also conducts consulting and market research projects in countries beyond its home markets with successful cooperation with clients in 40+ countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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City of Turku

Having been founded in the 13 th  century, City of Turku has been the site of many important events and has extensively influenced Finnish history.

Turku, with its surrounding municipalities, is an energetic centre of growth in the Baltic Sea area. The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination in Turku. A great portion of Turku residents are students. The city has two universities and four higher education institutions with over 35 000 students altogether.

In addition to residents, students and companies, Turku attracts tourists. Turku is one of the most popular travel and congress destinations in Finland.

The City of Turku co-operates actively with other cities and various interest groups both in Finland and abroad. Turku has offices in St. Petersburg and Brussels together with the Regional Council of Southwest Finland.

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Valonia is a regional authority, with the region’s 27 municipalities as members and owners. It is an operational expert unit within the Regional Council of Southwest Finland for municipalities and companies in matters regarding sustainable development.

It offers a wide range of services to aid municipalities and companies as well as communities and citizens to promote sustainable development creating co-operation opportunities, conveying information, and offering practical solutions to build a sustainable society.

Valonia operates as the regional unit also for the national KEINO competence network. KEINO supports and helps Finnish public contracting authorities with the development of sustainable and innovative procurement.

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Tartu City

Tartu City with its population of around 96,000 in an area of 154 square kilometres, is the second largest city of Estonia. In a situation where many cities in the world are arms racing with technology to become “smart”, Tartu has always set its focus towards people.

Tartu City is often considered the intellectual centre of the country and also the Baltic countries. It is the human capital that has served as the driving growth force of the city over the centuries.

Tartu wants to become part of the global economy and culture, but at the same time maintain its core values – greenery, compactness and safety. Smart City Tartu lies on six pillars: governance, mobility, economy, environment, people and living.

Tartu has a strong and prosperous community with various incubators, research institutions and the startup ecosystem. They have always been at the forefront of adapting technology – in 2019, the city introduced a data-based public transportation network along with a new bicycle network with electrical rental bikes.

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Gemeente Rotterdam

Rotterdam with more than 650,000 Rotterdammers of 170 nationalities is the largest port in Europe. It has a strong multinational character and international relations. Its mayor is the best in the world (2021) and its famous for its architecture, creative sector and of course logistics.

The municipality is spread over 6 organisational clusters. The supportive cluster, responsible for HR, communication, legal, IT etc also houses its buyer department (purchasing and procurement).

The Buyer department of the Gemeente Rotterdam consists of approximately 70 buyers. A number of them are involved in the area of innovation and innovative partnerships.

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