GovStart UK 2020-05-06T09:42:38+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

2019 Cohort

birdie logo
Birdie is a technology care companion transforming the way we look after the elderly living at home.
BookB logo
BookB is a subscription service that delivers and returns library books whilst helping support local libraries.

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Cinapsis logo
Cinapsis is the NHS's complete referral management solution for everyday clinical work.
Coursematch reinvents access to higher education, connecting students direct to providers.
Cyan Forensics logo
Cyan Forensics
Cyan Forensics builds and sells new technologies to help law enforcement, social media companies, and cloud providers to find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists.
mush logo
Mush is the local social network for mums; an online meets offline community to empower new mums.
unblur logo
Unblur is building the first intelligent assistant to help public emergency services to be faster and safer.
Vine Health’s platform uses a combination of behavioural science and AI to increase the quality of life and survival of cancer patients.

GovStart Mentors

Correy Voo CTO, Temporall
James Steventon Ex-CEO Web Technology Group
James Stewart Ex-deputy CTO, UK Government
Jo Mann Public Sector Business Development Director, Big 4
Liam Cahill Founder, Sector Three Digital
Mark Jenkins Founder & UK Managing Director, Oviva
Mick Robins Digital product specialist & founder
Mike Tinmouth Marketing Director & strategist, ex-Azimo
Nick Gargan Former Chief Constable
Niraj Dattani Ex-Head of Partnerships at Spacehive & local councillor
Pam Garside Healthcare consultant and angel investor
Rachel Neaman Digital Consultant, NED and former CEO
Rhiannon Evans-Young Director & Founder, Crest Communications
Sally Howes OBE Chair of Steering Board, UK Space Agency
Stephen Heidukewitsch Former Oracle sales executive
Steve Killoran Ex-EMEA Lead, Oracle
Wyndham Plumptre Founder, Upside Projects

Previous 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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