We’ve recently seen a flurry of new startup programmes aimed at supporting tech innovation in public services - from accelerators and incubators to catalysts and challenge prizes.
In this joint CitizenBeta + Tech for Good Meetup we’re bringing together some of these programmes to discuss how they’re supporting startups and public service innovation.
What are the opportunities and challenges for startups in govtech and civic tech?
How do these programmes help startups tackle the challenges of developing and selling tech for public services?
What do they look for when they select startups?
Doors open at 6.00, talks start at 6.30.
GOVTECH CATALYST CHALLENGE
Nick Tait, Lead delivery manager for GDS Govtech catalyst, Nick will talk about the £20 million GovTech Fund programme and the challenges being created to help public sector bodies take advantage of new and emerging technology.
MAKING LONDON A 'TEST-BED CITY' FOR CIVIC INNOVATION
Nick Swanson, Senior Policy Officer, Technology at Greater London Authority. Nick will talk about the Mayor's new flagship innovation programme, the Civic Innovation Challenge, which matches startups and SMEs with big business and public bodies to solve some of London's biggest challenges.
LESSONS FROM THE US BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES 2018 MAYORS CHALLENGE
Robbie Bates and Ashley Evans, Uscreates, a leading service design company specialising in public sector innovation. Robbie and Ashley will share insights, lessons and learnings from work supporting the Mayors Challenge 2018, a programme led by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 35 US cities develop and test new ideas to citywide challenges, from homelessness to climate change.
With your hosts:
Imeh Akpan, GDS GOV.UK. Imeh leads the user research team on GOV.UK and is one of the curators for CitizenBeta and a Newspeak house fellow.
Jessica Stacey, Bethnal Green Ventures. Jessica helps to run the BGV tech for good accelerator programme and is working on the design and delivery of the Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge. She also co-organises the London Tech for Good Meetup.
**Don’t miss out**
These funding opportunities close soon:
Apply by July 8th for the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge. Offering £15,000 plus partnerships for solutions in 7 challenge areas: dementia, housing and data, active travel, physical activity, isolation and loneliness, electric vehicles and financial inclusion (https://www.civicinnovation.london/).
Apply by July 18th for the 2nd GovTech Catalyst. Offering up to £80,000 to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination (https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/175/overview).
Apply by 25th July for Social Tech Trust's (formerly Nominet Trust) new £0.5m grant fund. Offering up to £45,000 and support for early stage ventures that can demonstrate how tech can reach its transformative potential when it’s driven by one of the greatest opportunities of our time – equality. (https://socialtechtrust.org/investing/apply-for-investment/)
Thanks to Newspeak House for hosting us, and Bethnal Green Ventures for sponsoring drinks.