54 challenges have been set to address more than 300 unmet public needs.

Shared work with all city stakeholders to move the city forward in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Urban Agenda and the Innovation Missions has opened up new spaces for participation.

València City Council, together with the innovation centre Las Naves and various agents of the city, have built the first Early Demand Map, which analyses the challenges and uncovered public needs associated with the Missions Valencia 2030 in order to promote the Public Procurement of Innovation and be able to solve these problems.

Available at this link, it establishes 54 challenges that identify 305 of the aforementioned needs, such as the creation of a Community Health Observatory, the efficient management of water and resources of the Albufera, new mechanisms for access to housing or the commitment to the sustainable and local agri-food sector.

Innovation plays a fundamental role in the city’s development strategy in the short, medium and long term. This commitment means starting the journey to take advantage of the dynamic capacity of the Public Administrations through their procurement processes to be the driving force in this area.

The promotion of public procurement of innovation makes Valencia City Council an entrepreneurial actor in the innovation ecosystem, as it directs its own resources to help the market develop innovative products and services that do not yet exist and which will enable public needs to be met more efficiently.

The work shared with all the city’s stakeholders to move the city forward in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Urban Agenda and the Innovation Missions has allowed new spaces for participation to be opened up.

In this sense, the Early Demand Map València 2030, presented in July 2021, is the result of a process of collective intelligence developed together with more than 150 agents, with seven workshops linked to Sustainability, Social Cohesion, Urban Planning or Entrepreneurship.

Valencian public, private, academic and civil institutions took part in them, along with other national institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Innovation with the General Secretariat for the Promotion of Innovation, the Generalitat Valenciana with the Valencian Innovation Agency, Madrid City Council, the Xunta de Galicia, L’Alfàs del Pi City Council, Gavà City Council, Ermua City Council and Alfaro City Council.

The València 2030 Climate Mission has inspired València City Council and Las Naves to prioritise the challenges and unmet public needs of the aforementioned Map that have an impact on the climate neutrality of the city and its decarbonisation. Therefore, areas such as sustainable mobility, renewable and fair energy model, sustainable urban planning and habitat, renaturalisation and biodiversity, resilience and adaptation to climate change, social involvement, decarbonisation of the Valencian economy and smart governance of the whole process are the areas that will be the subject of the first tenders for public procurement of innovation in Valencia from 2022.