With 5 days left to apply to GovStart 2020, in this article we’ve taken a look at the journey of one of the startups from our 2018 cohort, Goodbox. Goodbox is a FinTech and Tech For Good company that leverages the latest in data driven AI to transform the third sector. 

Goodbox:

Goodbox joined GovStart as part of the 2018 cohort and is a social impact startup providing contactless payments devices for charitable donations. In an ever increasingly cashless society, Goodbox’s solution helps charities that previously relied on cash donations. 

Goodbox was founded in 2016 and now serves 1,500 UK non-profit organisations including many public sector sites from arts and heritage venues to schools and hospitals.

“GovStart doesn’t simply guide you through your early stages, it provides vital lessons in bringing a new product to market, navigating the maze of government tender opportunities.”-  Francesca Hodgson, Co-Founder

Their GovStart journey: 

“Throughout the six month programme we received strategic support and opportunities to meet and gain exposure with influential individuals, organisations and government bodies. Most memorable of which was a launch that took place at 10 Downing Street. 

Our journey started by meeting our fellow cohort, almost all of which I’m still in touch with today, as I found that support, learnings and connections from your peers are highly valuable. 

We’ve had support from PUBLIC in all areas of our business, from fundraising and meeting new investors to seeking fresh commercial opportunities.”

Next steps for Goodbox:

“At Goodbox we had a tough time initially with Covid-19. However thanks to the support of our investor base, we now have a promising future ahead of us. 

We never envisioned a global pandemic four years ago to accelerate the adoption of new digital strategies by the third sector. Yet here we are, and we are proud to have solutions that will generate great value for so many. 

We remain optimistic on fulfilling our global ambitions and are proud to have the GovStart name and PUBLIC behind our organisation.”

Want to find out more about the GovStart 2020 programme? Check out this article exploring some of the key themes we are interested in this year.