GovStart UK 2019-07-15T13:23:11+00:00

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

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

2018 Cohort

Accelerated Dynamics
Accelerated Dynamics is building an AI driven management platform which enables collaboration of robots for truly autonomous missions.
Forward Health
Forward Health is a secure mobile communication platform for clinical staff, empowering health professionals to spend more time with their patients.

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FreeUp is an ethical Fintech business that allows employees to access salary advances quickly and at low cost.
Futr is a machine learning platform which allows chat bots to augment internal and external systems and deploy two-way natural language conversation.
GoodBox is a social impact start-up with contactless payment devices dedicated to building digital solutions that effortlessly connect donors and causes.
Headlight AI
Headlight AI is an enabled adaptive sensing and mapping technology that enables service robots and drones to operate without GPS.
Kraydel is the wellness partner for the elderly, reducing loneliness, isolation and enabling safe, independent living.
Patchwork connects clinicians with vacant shifts in healthcare organisations, improving staffing levels and reducing reliance on expensive agencies.
Sentient Machines
Sentient Machines uses deep learning to transform customer experience and boost productivity in call centres.
Strawberry Energy
Strawberry Energy is improving people’s everyday lives in the city’s public spaces through smart street furniture.
Yo-Da is your personal data protection bot, automatically and systematically monitoring and enforcing your personal data rights.
Valerann has developed a wireless, sensory IoT system that provides real-time, high resolution information on everything that takes place on the road.

GovStart Mentors

Samantha Jones Former Director of New Care Models, NHS England
James Steventon Ex-CEO Web Technology Group
James Stewart Ex-deputy CTO, UK Government
Matthew Trimming Founder, META
Thomas Vogt-Skard Former Deputy Director at Cabinet Office
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
Rachel Neaman Digital Consultant, NED and former CEO

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

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

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