Research and Insight
Buying Into the future
How To Deliver Innovation Through Public Procurement
For the modern state, there are few policy priorities as important as how it buys technology and innovation. To keep up to date with the pace of change in the wider digital economy, it is absolutely crucial that Government modernises its procurement and commercial processes. This report:
- Outlines why working with startups should be a key policy priority for Government, and how it will benefit the wider UK economy.
- Analyses actual technology spend by three central government departments, showing that direct spend with startups and SMEs is as low as 8.1%.
- Surveys leading GovTech startups to understand the main barriers facing smaller companies.
- Breaks down the procurement process into stages, with tips for startups on how they can win more business.
- Makes 15 recommendations for how government can become a world-leader in innovative procurement: including setting new spend targets with startups, and forming a new innovation team in the Cabinet Office.
The EUROPEAN 150
The startups driving Europe’s GovTech Revolution
Over the past few years, the pace of digital transformation in governments across Europe has been tremendous. From health and social care, to education, to policing and justice, to public transport, to waste management, every arm of government is being shaped by a new wave of innovators and entrepreneurs. This report:
- Features the top 15 cities that are set to become Europe’s most important GovTech hubs in the next few years.
- Details the policy initiatives that have been implemented in these cities to foster greater digital innovation.
- Maps the current European GovTech ecosystem, showcasing 150 startups founded in these cities.
- Features PUBLIC’s first-of-its-kind list of Europe’s top 10 GovTech startups.
- Maps out the continent’s leading GovTech influencers, including ministers, public sector officials, startup founders, and entrepreneurs.
POLICE TECH PIONEERS
How new technology startups are set to transform policing
With mobile tablets and body-worn video already as fundamental to a patrol officer’s toolkit as the truncheon and whistle a century ago, the next wave of innovation in policing will be driven by technology startups producing robots and drones, advanced surveillance capabilities, artificial intelligence and new predictive policing tools. This report:
- Analyses actual police force contract and invoice data to gather a general picture of how technology is purchased by forces today
- Outlines barriers to entry for new tech startups, including traditional procurement models, contract lock-in with large vendors, and a lack of market scalability
- Makes recommendations for the Home Office, including the mandate to set common standards for inter-operable technology systems
- Details how a new public investment vehicle, modelled on the CIA’s IN-Q-TEL venture fund can stimulate the latent market for innovative tech solutions
- Showcases the Police Tech Pioneers – the 75 most promising police technology startups from around the world, segmented into 3 broad operational themes and 15 areas of business
How new technology will power international trade
Despite recent advances, the international shipping industry has a long way to go in terms of fully leveraging the potential of new technologies. Innovation in this sector is crucial to helping the UK to overcome the technical challenges posed by Brexit, but also to its ambition of establishing itself as an open, forward-thinking international trading partner. This report:
- Segments the current international trade process into six sections, and highlights where technology can make a significant contribution
- Features the 65 leading trade technology startups from around the world/li>
- Showcases how the growing venture market in the UK will be worth as much as £5.1b to new startups in 2030
- Gives recommendations for government, startups and commercial incumbents on how they can collaborate to foster greater innovation
- Outlines how greater innovation in this sector could potentially be supported by piloting the UK’s first free port
THE PROMISE OF HEALTHTECH
How digital innovators are transforming the NHS
Technology is changing healthcare in ways that were scarcely imaginable only five years ago. Innovation represents one of the few ways that the NHS can sustainably relieve the demographic and financial pressures it faces. This report:
- Unpacks the opportunity for HealthTech innovators, outlining the key factors driving the global need for innovation
- Surveys the digital health market, noting the trends contributing to its continued growth
- Identifies the major barriers to innovation in the NHS
- Provides Innovator Top Tips: crucial advice for startups wishing to work with the NHS
- Includes the HealthTech 27, the first ever list of its kind of the most promising HealthTech companies, in nine key areas of opportunity
THE RISE OF URBANTECH
How new technology is reinventing local public services
Driven by severe budgetary pressures and rising citizen expectations, the UK could be poised for a period of widespread local innovation, propelled by startups and the most forward-thinking local councils. This report:
- Explains the local government landscape and the drivers for change that are stimulating innovation
- Explores past approaches to local council IT and technology spending
- Details the latest technological trends that are providing new impetus for reform
- Highlights the digital agendas of the most forward-thinking and digitally mature councils
- Showcases the most innovative startups that are working with local government today
- De-mystifies the procurement processes and sales cycles of local councils
State of the UK GovTech Market
Unlocking the potential of startups to solve public problems
Across the world, the modern state is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. A new generation of technology is changing the way governments engage with citizens. This report:
- Gives a history of the UK GovTech market from 1997
- Provides a comparison between the £6.6 billion UK FinTech and UK GovTech markets
- Showcases the breadth of the UK-wide GovTech ecosystem which is emerging
- Forecasts that the UK GovTech Market will reach £20 billion by 2025
- Lists the Public 100: the most comprehensive list of UK GovTech firms
- Shows that public sector sales cycles have become significantly less complicated