GovStart 2017-09-14T17:02:35+00:00

GovStart is a Growth Programme to Help Tech Startups Transform the Public Sector

Startups need different support depending on what they do and who they want to work with. We build an individual programme for every startup that joins GovStart, based on their product, knowledge gaps, market and time constraints.


  • Identifying public sector problems and trends

  • Demystifying the government sales cycle
  • Fitting your product to the public sector


  • Maintaining regulatory compliance
  • Using government data responsibly
  • Ensuring cyber protection


  • Writing successful bids
  • Pitching to the public sector
  • Integrating with legacy systems


  • Identifying decision makers and budget holders
  • Dedicated person to support your engagement
  • Use of the extensive and international Public network

GovStart Companies

Adzuna is a search engine for job ads that lists every job, everywhere.
Ask The Midwife
UK's first online advice platform run by midwives for women and their families. Users get fast, professional advice at the touch of a button.

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Calipsa is automating video surveillance and monitoring and aims to be the Google Analytics for the real world.
Cera is a technology-enabled care provider, aiming to deliver quality, consistent and transparent care for adults of all ages in the comfort of their own homes.
Eyn transforms your smartphone into a real time biometric identity verification device.
Flynotes is an innovative digital consent platform, improving patient safety across healthcare.
Novoville is a citizen engagement platform that simplifies and enhances the communication between people and their local authorities.
Pockit is building a bank focussed on providing financial services to unbanked and financially underserved consumers.
Red Sift
Red Sift’s OnDMARC cybersecurity product uses AI and data analysis to help organisations deploy DMARC to block phishing attacks and increase email deliverability.
A SaaS company that creates data driven employee schedules to predict and meet demand.

GovStart Mentors

Ruth O’Neale
Programme and project management consultant
James Steventon
Ex-CEO Web Technology Group
James Stewart
Ex-deputy CTO, UK Government
Matthew Trimming
Founder, META
Sebastien Vollmer
Alan Turing Institute Faculty Fellow
Correy Voo
CTO, Temporall
Max Chambers
Former adviser to the Prime Minister
Pam Garside
Healthcare consultant and angel investor
Stephen Heidukewitsch
Former Oracle sales executive
Sally Howes OBE
Visiting professor at Surrey Business School
Jo Mann
Former bid writer for Big Four

Meet the Experts

Eileen Burbidge
Passion Capital
Mark Dearnley
Former CIO, HMRC
Bill Crothers
Former Chief Procurement Officer
Brian Forde
Former White House adviser
Camille Putois
Former adviser to the French Prime Minister
Andy Beale
Former UK Government CTO
Mayank Prakash
CDIO, Department for Work & Pensions
Kevin Cunnington
Director General, Government Digital Service
Susan Acland Hood
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
Jason Caplin
Gunilla Carlsson
Former Swedish Development Minister
Andrew Collinge
Greater London Authority
Geoff Connell
Norfolk County Council
Romilly Dennys
John Gibson
ASI Data Science
Matthew Gould
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Priya Guha
RocketSpace London
Ben Hawes
HM Government
John Jackson
London Grid for Learning
Robin Klein
Saul Klein
Paul Maltby
Director of Data at Department for Communities & Local Government
Fabrice Pothier
Former adviser to NATO
Owain Service
MD at The Behavioural Insights Team
Rob Swerling
CEO at UpGroup
Ed Welsh
Managing Director, Greenhill
Ed Whiting
Wellcome Trust
Rachel Wolf
Public First

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