GovStart 2018-05-02T13:43:56+00:00

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

Applications Are Now Closed

We’re currently reviewing applications for the 2018 GovStart Programme – we will be in touch with applicants soon.

GovStart is a sixth-month growth programme, run by PUBLIC, to help tech startups transform the public sector. We take startups at different stages and in various sectors, working with products that have powerful public sector applications, and provide them with the tailored support, strategy and networks they need to succeed.


  • Identifying key public sector problems and trends
  • Demystifying the government sales cycle
  • Help fitting your product to public sector policy


  • Ensuring data and cyber protection compliance (GDPR, Cyber Essentials, etc.)
  • Utilize PUBLIC’s in-house product development expertise
  • Opportunity to build on or migrate to GovStack’s world class architecture.


  • Developing public sector networks
  • Roundtables, meetings and pitch events with public sector buyers and decision-makers
  • Support from PUBLIC’s mentor and business development expertise


  • Specialised public sector sales and procurement mentorship
  • A dedicated person to support your engagement
  • Individualised programme content to suit your company’s needs

2017 Cohort

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.

2017 Speakers

Ben Johnson
Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London
Brent Hoberman
Executive Chairman at Founders Factory
Emma Jones
Small Business Crown Representative
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt
Secretary of State for Health
Kevin Cunnington
Director General of Government Digital Service
Rt Hon Liz Truss MP
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Mark Thompson
Co-Founder of Methods Group
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Digital
Patrick Robinson
Director of Public Policy, Airbnb
Paul Maltby
CDO, Department for Communities and Local Government
Robert Hannigan
former Director of GCHQ
Sally Davies
Chief Medical Officer to the UK Government

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
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

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