GovStart Year in Review

Mia Millman

19 December 2018

In 2018, PUBLIC supported 21 companies through our GovStart accelerator programme. From closing huge funding rounds to game-changing pilots, here’s what our GovStart companies got up to in 2018 – from beginning to end.

January

2018 was off to an exciting start with Flynotes – a medical consent platform – closing a Seed Funding Round.

February

Red Sift, a cyber security startup stopping phishing attacks, signs a deal to protect Ministry of Justice email accounts.

March

Adzuna, a search engine that collates every job listing from every site, starts DWP’s Universal Jobmatch contract worth over £7.5m.

Nick Clegg joins Cera’s Advisory Board.

April

GovStart is featured in the Evening Standard!

May

Cera closes a huge $17M Series A Funding Round.

June

PUBLIC receives over 300 applications for GovStart 2018! 

July

Our GovStart 2018 cohort begins their six-month programme with PUBLIC – welcome Forward Health, FreeUp, Futr., GoodBox, Headlight AI, Accelerated Dynamics, Kraydel, Patchwork, Sentient Machines, Strawberry Energy, Valerann, and Yo-Da!

Novoville wins the the Mayor of the West Midlands’ Urban Challenge Award for Citizen Participation.

August

Strawberry Energy raises £300K through a Crowdcube crowdfunding campaign.

September

Forward Health raise $3.9M in seed funding.

Futr. secures a pilot with Northamptonshire Police to develop a chatbot that can automate responses for low risk, high volume police 101 calls.

October

PUBLIC partners with Accenture to help support new technologies transforming public services.

Valerann’s Smart Road System is live in the M1 – they also win awards at TechFest and South Summit!

GoodBox is chosen to be a finalist at Pitch@Palace.

November

Patchwork announces an exciting new partnership with the British Medical Journal.

Kraydel agrees a pilot with Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust.

December

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launches his winter homelessness campaign – using GoodBox technology.

So that was GovStart’s 2018 – what will 2019 look like? 

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