Fundamentally these hot new ideas want to improve the productivity and efficiency of government, local authority and civil service bodies and we the people are our own ability to govern ourselves and improve the world around us.
And it’s an area the UK Government itself it embracing with it’s own Catalyst Fund. And where the government goes the big consultancies follow suit but in this list we look at the more nimbler scales ups bringing new ideas and innovation to our civil world.
So to keep track of the companies in this exciting and worthy sector we’re started this list and will be adding to it each month.
The experts in natural language conversation-as-a-service.
Futr is in the business of producing natural language chatbots for central government organisations as well as police, emergency and rescue forces by providing chatbots to staff and citizens to use every day very much like Facebook Messenger, Skype and Slack.
Novoville is a comprehensive civic engagement platform for local governments. Reach citizens instantly, manage their requests, and make better decisions and aims to “make local government services citizen-centric”
Novoville aims to do this by making it easier for members of the public to interact with their local government or authority by allowing citizens (us!) to submit requests and find info including web consultations and via IM (instant messaging) as well as a simple web based payments system for services such as paying parking fines and council tax bills.
Built–ID showcases the projects of today and empowers communities to better shape the projects of tomorrow.
Built-ID does this by providing an online tool called Give My View that gives local communities the ability to influence building schemes in their area by connecting them with developers and local councils and giving them the ability to much easier vote on proposals.
Babylon is one of the largest HeathTech and GovTech startups in the UK with a Billion+ valuation.
As a mobile health platform it is used to power the NHS’ GP at Hand service which allows patients to book appointments and talk to their doctor through their smartphone in certain regional NHS trusts like Hammersmith & Chelsea
Citymapper is a great app and has developed a superb smart mapping platform for cities.
City Mapper does this using real-time data to optimise public transport routes and journey planning for both users and also organisations like Transport for London.
6. Dark Trace
Darktrace’s pioneering technology, the Enterprise Immune System, applies AI to the cyber defense challenge for the first time, and has proven itself successful in detecting cyber-threats that existing, legacy systems cannot.
It quickly became clear that the technology was powerful enough to identify a diverse range of threats at their earliest stages – including insider attacks, latent vulnerabilities, cloud-based threats and even state-sponsored espionage.
Cera provides homecare solutions based on technology by connecting adults of all ages with vetted an highly affordable care providers in the comfort of their own homes.
Apolitical was founded by mission-driven entrepreneurs and backed by impact investors in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Australasia and supported by an EU Horizon 2020 grant.
It is a for-profit company and a Certified B Corporation who believe that business can be a force for good, and are proud to be held to a high standard of accountability and transparency.
Better communication makes things better for everyone. Pando know because they’re clinicians too.
Cut your team’s reliance on bleeps, switchboard and WhatsApp, and give yourself a break too.
Artificial intelligence is the most important technology of our age, but it is valuable only when it is applied in the real world – enhancing products, improving services and saving lives.
To make AI real Faculty help organisations work out what they could do with AI, and then help them to do it. This requires three things: the right strategy, the right skills and the right software. Faculty help with all three.
IRIS Core by Unblur is an Intelligent Command and Control Software First Responders use to make the safest and fastest decisions during an Incident
Patchwork transforms temporary staffing by connecting vacant shifts with a growing marketplace of healthcare workers.
This saves the NHS millions (and counting) while improving the experience for their workers, and ultimately, their patients—making sure a doctor is there when you need one most.
Public bring together experience from the public sector, technology and finance to help startups solve public problems.
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15. Uplifting Data
To some people, data is daunting. For Uplifting Data, it’s a delight; a goldmine of information – rough diamonds that once polished can provide dazzling insight.
Getting there isn’t always easy. Big data might be sexy, and new algorithms and approaches are becoming available all the time; but Uplifting Data temper those cutting edge analytic techniques with tried and tested experience and knowledge.
Uplifting Data help charities, social enterprises and community groups understand and manage the information that they have and then draw from that information the insights that allow them to flourish.
16. The Politics Project
The Politics Project specialise in providing people with outstanding democratic education, because The Politics Project believe that everyone should be able to use their voice.
17. Spend Network
Spend Network use data to help governments and their suppliers to create better deals and to forge lasting partnerships.
Praekelt designs and implements mobile technology to improve the lives of women and girls.
Roads are vital in every day life and Mobilized Construction are striving to make them better
20. We Build Bots
Say ‘Hi’ to Intelagent, your new super smart automation platform designed specifically for Public Sector customer service by We Build Bots.
Intelagent is a complete Customer Service solution, providing unparalleled automated Customer Service through their chat and voice bots, and simple, intuitive conversation management through their agent-facing platform.
Intelagent can answer the common questions your agents are answering every day, saving time and money for your organisation.
With both button led and free-type navigation, their chatbots provide a simple, intuitive way to find the information your constituents need, whenever and wherever they may be.
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Better decisions. Better care.
SmartReferrals by Cinapsis helps healthcare organisations reduce operational costs, increase access, shorten waiting times and improve performance.
23. Rate your Leader
Rate your leader is a global online platform which helps politicians to directly engage only with voters in their constituencies in an abuse-proof way.
Rate Your Leader will allow elected leaders to truly understand what matters most to the electorate.
24. Corrik & Wales
Corrik & Wales work with organisations to implement data protection and privacy regulations.
Meeting data protection requirements can be a challenge, as it involves changes to organisational technology, processes and culture. It impacts all forms of personal data processing including HR, operational data and customer data.
Corrik & Wales and their associates work with you to discover what data protection means for you, assess what changes you need to make, and how to act on those change
Angoka is a company focussed on managing the cyber security risks inherent in Connected and Autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and IoT devices.
26. Cyan Forensics
Automated scans using MD5 hashes of known illegal content, such as illegal images of children or terrorist handbooks, are a valuable tool for finding evidence quickly and minimising the need for forensic analyst time.
Such scans take many hours, or even days on devices with high capacity storage or slow external interfaces.
Cyan Forensics are building a new generation of tools that can scan devices in minutes. As well as dramatically accelerating processing, these tools are fast enough to use for triage on-site or in the lab, helping to prioritise analysis of devices that are known to contain contraband.
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Goodbox are dedicated to building new technologies which better connect donors and causes.
GoodBox was founded on the insight that a cashless society is having a negative impact on the charity sector.
Since 2016, goodbox have dedicated themselves to solving this problem. From research and product development, to testing contactless prototypes in live fundraising environments and leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of technological excellence for charities.
29. Headlight AI
Headlight AI‘s patent pending AI software, SPADAR™, allows sensors to adapt in real-time to their environment, enabling them to work in conditions where they usually fail.
Kraydel is a small device designed to sit on top of the TV.
Kraydel links elderly people to their relatives/carers, helping to keep them independent for longer.
Strawberrye‘s mission to improve everyday lives in public spaces with smart street furniture.
What Does The Expression GovTech Mean And Is It A Category In It's Own Right?
It’s both! GovTech refers to both the category of innovative startups who are applying emerging technologies (such as A.I, blockchain, etc) to improve the delivery of public services through increasing efficiency and improved productivity and the actually technology itself
Is GovTech Controlled By The UK Government or Other National Authority?
No, it’s a free market like any. However, the UK Government for example, has a Catalyst fund to stimulate growth and support small startups develop ideas and many GovTech Startups do require a government, local authority or public service to purchase their tech to survive.
Can I Apply For Funding or Can Only GovTech Companies Receive Investment Grants?
Yes you can apply to the Government fund if in place. In the UK, for example, it’s called the GovTech Fund and it is a £20 million fund used to develop, test and access innovative solutions to solve complex public sector problems.
Are There Any Other Government Funds That I Could Apply To?
You can also try the GovTech Catalyst fund aimed at small startups organised into annual cohorts or programs.
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