Five Remarkable Moments from the GovTech Summit 2018

The GovTech Summit 2019 is set to be just as vibrant and exciting – but before turning our attention to this November, here are five of the most remarkable moments from the inaugural GovTech Summit!


Five Companies Transforming the Geospatial Sector

In light of our latest report, ‘Future Technologies Review’, here are a few of the best and brightest companies utilising geospatial technologies to shape multiple industries across the UK.

Reinventing the Journey to University

Chris Worsey, co-founder of Coursematch, speaks to PUBLIC about why he started Coursematch and how joining the GovStart 2019 cohort will help them on their journey to transform the university application process.

Government for the 21st century – Interview with Tony Blair

PUBLIC interviews Former PM Tony Blair about the opportunity for Europe to transform public services through technology and the upcoming GovTech Summit. Last month, you published a report on how to build a government fit for the 21st century. In the report, you laid out an ambitious and detailed plan for how the UK government […]

Shaping a digital Lithuania: the GovTech Lab launch

Virginijus Sinkevicius, Lithuania’s Minister for Economy and Innovation, writes a guest article for us on the launch of Lithuania’s GovTech Lab: an initiative to foster and support the GovTech ecosystem in Lithuania.

GovTech in Focus: DevTech

Mira Cole-Wijaya looks into the technology transforming development, from financial inclusion to education to connectivity.


G-Cloud: A ‘How-To’ Guide

PUBLIC’s Head of Platform Mark Lazar provides his top tips for completing a G-Cloud application stress-free.

GovTech in Focus: PropTech

In this GovTech in Focus, Chiara Carlini examines proptech, its growth and companies with the potential to transform the public sector property market. 

GovTech in Focus: SpaceTech

SpaceTech is a quickly growing area of GovTech, with far more applications than many realise. This week, Alp Kuleli is looking at SpaceTech in focus.

GovTech in Focus: Mental Health Tech

With more and more discussion surrounding mental health, we’re diving deeper into the tech looking to transform how we care for our mental health.

GovTech in Focus: EdTech

What is EdTech? Why is it important? We look at the key innovations in the EdTech space and what the government is looking for to transform education.


How to Build the UK’s First Smart Port

The Department for Transport has published its strategy for the future of the maritime sector – Maritime 2050. Here’s how to build the UK’s first smart port.

GovStart: Where We Are Now

Mark Lazar looks back on the GovTech market and how things have changed since we launched PUBLIC and GovStart One in 2017.

NHS Long Term Plan – PUBLIC Opinion

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, announced that the NHS will finally be axing the fax machine – here’s what PUBLIC think of the decision.

GovStart Year in Review

In 2018, PUBLIC supported 21 companies through GovStart. From closing funding rounds to game-changing pilots, here’s what our GovStart companies got up to.

Paris’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

With an ambitious commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship from both central and local government, Paris is rapidly positioning itself as one of the world’s premier GovTech hubs.

Vienna’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Ambitious planning and a comprehensive, collaborative smart city strategy distinguishes Vienna as a trailblazer in GovTech innovation in Europe.

Berlin’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

With around 500 new tech startups founded each year, and a new government investment fund for high-growth tech companies, Berlin is likely to be the destination of the next generation of leading GovTech innovators.  

London’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

London combines the advantages of one of the strongest startup ecosystems in the world with the ambitions of a government that is supportive of enabling entrepreneurs to create an ecosystem of innovators transforming public services.

Tallinn’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Not only does Tallinn boast the world’s most mature and sophisticated and e-government system, it is also home to an emerging ecosystem of startups aiming to transform key public services.

Milan’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Despite relatively limited engagement between the startup ecosystem and Government compared with other European cities, Milan has a pipeline of companies capable of transforming the country’s public services.

Stockholm Top 10

Stockholm’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Under the mayoral leadership of Karin Wanngård, Stockholm has been building its smart city credentials, and has the potential to be a powerful centre for GovTech.

Dublin’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Dublin’s strong local accelerator and investor ecosystem has helped to establish the city as one of Europe’s central GovTech hubs: a position that could be strengthened further by the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Forward Health

Looking Forward: An Interview with Forward Health

Forward Health, a member of PUBLIC’s most recent GovStart cohort, has recently secured $3.9 million in seed funding. We spoke to Forward about how they got here, what they’re doing now, and what they hope to be doing in the future.

Amsterdam’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

With Europe’s fastest broadband speeds, startup visas for overseas entrepreneurs, and a strong funding ecosystem for new companies, Amsterdam has firmly established itself as one of Europe’s leading GovTech cities.

Lisbon’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

With a new blockchain-powered GovTech competition, and an increasing number of startup incubators, Lisbon has created a seeding ecosystem that is attracting entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas from across Europe to grow their businesses.

Athen’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

With the opening of new local innovation hubs, and the appointment of its first Chief Digital Officer in 2017, Athens is showing promise as a future GovTech leader.

Helsinki’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Helsinki’s approach to integrating GovTech into the city can be best characterised by viewing the city as a testbed for experimentation for the world’s cities.

Copenhagen’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

Copenhagen’s burgeoning startup ecosystem, paired with Denmark’s markedly pro-SME policies, creates an ideal setting for GovTech entrepreneurs to thrive. The city has already had several successful startup initiatives.

Barcelona’s Top 10 GovTech Startups

In a new series, PUBLIC is profiling Europe’s leading GovTech cities, and showcasing the top startups that are transforming public services. Barcelona is a model for how effective digital strategies can power local innovation. With one of Europe’s strongest startup ecosystems, the city is taking steps to empower smaller tech companies to deliver key digital public services in markets traditionally dominated by large-scale corporate suppliers.

Are You A GovTech Entrepreneur?

Is your startup considered as a GovTech business, ready to work with the government and help public servants improve public services – from design to delivery? Take the quiz to find out!

Winners of the #UrbanChallenge announced!

PUBLIC has been working with Mayor Andy Street and the West Midlands Combined Authority for the past year on the UrbanChallenge. Find out more about the way UrbanTech is changing the public sector in the region.

G-Cloud 11: A Starter-Kit for Joining

PUBLIC’s Mira Cole-Wijaya shares a starter-kit for startups applying to join G-Cloud 11 – the government’s SME-friendly procurement framework.


How We Work With Startups

Mark Lazar, PUBLIC’s Head of Platform, surveys the growing accelerator landscape, explaining the role GovStart plays in opening up the public sector to startups.

Mapped: Testing What Counts

Andrew Babbage, Commercial Director of Applied, tells PUBLIC about Applied’s new platform Mapped which aims to test what counts fairly in recruitment processes.


From Public Servant to Startup Founder

PUBLIC’s Rachel Guthartz speaks to three tech startup founders who made the transition from the public sector, exploring what inspired them to make the move.


Diversifying the Pool of Digital Talent

PUBLIC’s Caroline Makepeace responds to Sadiq Khan’s Digital Diversity Scheme, underlining the need to create a diverse tech sector in conjunction with plugging the digital skills gap. 


Prototyping as a Strategic Capability

Audree Fletcher explains the virtues of prototyping: crucial advice for both budding tech startups and commissioning Government departments.


Four Tips for Communicating Your GovTech Idea

PUBLIC’s Programme and Marketing Manager Edd Elliott provides four quick tips on how to effectively communicate your GovTech startup to investors and the public sector. 

The Future of GovTech: Eyn

What is the future of ID verification? We talk to biometric ID startup Eyn, who have transferred the power of an airport scanner to you smart phone.

The Future of GovTech: Ask The Midwife

The Future of GovTech: Ask The Midwife

A health advice service for pregnant women with the potential to help 700,000 mothers-to-be in the UK every year – all delivered by a tech startup.

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