Procurements from large international NGOs, like the United Nations, Red Cross, IMF, World Bank etc., form a 20-billion-dollar annual market. The Central Baltic countries, however, are much underrepresented in the volume of annual sales. Promoting exports to International NGOs (INGOs) project will inform and mentor companies in how to effectively enter these processes. Furthermore, the project will take SMEs to international INGO events as well as seeks to form cross-border consortia to provide more complex solutions. As a result, SMEs will be able to enter, and win, procurement bids from these organisations.
Promoting exports to International NGOs project will arrange events to inform SMEs about the potential and possibilities of entering the procurement processes on international NGOs. Also, the project will mentor companies on how to bid successfully, matchmake companies with NGO representatives, and have SMEs that have experience in this field share their expertise.
Furthermore, the project will take a select group of SMEs to visit international NGO events to learn more about the open calls, meet NGO representatives and present their innovative solutions. The project will also work with a range of NGO innovation and incubation programs to help and mentor SMEs from Central Baltic area to successfully enter these programs.
For international NGOs and other stakeholders, the project offers a neutral partner with a dedicated budget to help them further inform SMEs about their processes, and to introduce new innovative solutions to the NGOs. The project consortium represents four different countries.
What do we offer?
- Information on procurement processes and open calls.
- Coaching and workshops on how to work with these organisations successfully.
- Matchmaking SMEs with INGO and IGO representatives, to inform them about your innovation.
- Expert support to facilitate consortium building for a group of SMEs to offer a joint solution.
- Contact-making with other SMEs from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden.
- Business missions to visit INGOs and IGOs, with some expenses covered by the project.
- Sharing of best practices, peer learning and a cross border community of SMEs.
You can join the INGO project at any time until the end of the project in September 2026.
The partner consortium consists of:
- Turku Science Park from Finland (lead partner)
- Business Tampere from Finland
- Tehnopol Science and Business Park from Estonia
- IT Cluster from Latvia
- RISE from Sweden
The 3.5-year project is funded by Central Baltic Interreg Programme 2021 – 2027.
More information about the project can be found here: https://centralbaltic.eu/project/ingos/.
Contact in Estonia: email@example.com
On October 3, 2023 we hosted an event called “Promoting Exports to International NGOs” to empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Central Baltic region to tap into the vast 20-billion-dollar annual market of procurements from renowned international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations, Red Cross, IMF, the World Bank etc.
- Katrin Senkevitš
- Project Manager