Can you transform the public sector?
What we do
Helping startups transform the public sector
We bring together experience from the public sector, technology and finance to help startups solve public problems.
The public sector in numbers
GovTech is a great opportunity
Startup growth programme
GovStart is a growth programme to help startups do business with the public sector. Startups need different support depending on what they do and who they want to work with. We will build an individual programme for every startup who joins GovStart, based on their product, knowledge gaps, market and time constraints. We ask for 3% equity.
Some of the challenges we can help you overcome
Learn from experts
MORE GOVSTART SPEAKERS
- Andrew Collinge, Greater London Authority
- Ben Hawes, HM Government
- Ed Welsh, Managing Director, Greenhill
- Ed Whiting, Wellcome Trust
- Fabrice Pothier, Former adviser to NATO
- Geoff Connell, Norfolk County Council
- Gunilla Carlsson, the former Swedish Development Minister
- Jason Caplin, Barnardo’s
- Jo Mann, Former bid writer for Big Four
- John Gibson, ASI Data Science
- John Jackson, London Grid for Learning
- Matthew Gould, DCMS
- Priya Guha, RocketSpace London
- Paul Maltby, Director of Data at GDS
- Owain Service, MD at The Behavioural Insights Team
- Rachel Wolf, Public First
- Robin Klein, LocalGlobe
- Rob Swerling, CEO at UpGroup
- Romilly Dennys, Coadec
- Saul Klein, LocalGlobe
- Susan Acland Hood, HM Courts and Tribunals Service
- Theo Blackwell, Camden councillor
How it works
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
What is the time commitment?
It’s a 6 month programme running from June to December. The first month will be in house. The remaining five will be flexible.
Does my whole team have to attend?
No, The whole team does not have to attend. We will need one business and technical representative from every company to participate. This can be the CEO and CTO, but if your Head of Business Development is in charge of Public Sector work, then that’s the right person.
Is this another accelerator?
GovStart isn’t an accelerator. We are 100% focused on helping you do business with the public sector. We believe the content we bring is totally different to the content provided by accelerators. If there is content you have covered, we will not include it in your programme.
What if I am not based in London?
We accept applications from anywhere. However, we ask that you spend one month in London at the start of the programme. We can make a contribution to travel expenses. For the remaining five months it would be ideal for you to travel to London at least once a week.
Who are the people you are working with?
We are working with people who:
- Currently work in the public sector,
- Used to work in the public sector
- Have sold in the public sector – both from the large and small company side.
Examples include Mark Dearnley, ex CTO of the Cabinet office, Bill Crothers, ex Chief Procurement Officer and James Steventon – who has sold £100m+ public sector contracts.
For more details, check out our current list of speakers.. As part of the unique programme, we will outline people we think are most relevant for you.
Will I be competing with the other startups on the programme?
We will not take two startups in the same class who are competitive. We certainly do not want companies going for the same tender. It is crucial that all the startups in the class help each other and trust each other.
Which areas of the public sector are relevant?
We have a broad network and understanding across the public sector: central government departments, agencies, city and local governments, the NHS and beyond, but also internationally and with the charity sector.
What sorts of technology is the public sector interested in?
The public sector is broad and diverse, with a multitude of tech needs including: cloud management, cyber security, legacy modernisation, machine learning, robotic automation, data analytics, sensors and cross-government APIs.
What we look for
- Team with a track record
- A tested and technically defensible product
- Runway to sustain the programme
- Willingness to contribute to the GovStart community
- The desire to improve society
Who we are
Meet the team
- Lord Paddy Ashdown
Politician, diplomat, author
- General David Richards
Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Chairman of Equilibrium
- Alisa Swidler
- Lord Mark Malloch Brown
Ex-Deputy UN Secretary-General, Ex-HMG Minister
- Bill Crothers
Ex-UK Chief Procurement Officer, Ex-Head of Crown Commercial Service