December 15, 2021

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GovStart 2020: Six companies announced to help public services 'Build Back Better'

Announcing the six innovative startups selected to participate in our 2020 GovStart programme.

Today, PUBLIC is announcing the six innovative startups selected to participate in our 2020 GovStart programme – the UK’s only startup growth programme dedicated to supporting promising new technology companies to scale across Government and the public sector.

This year’s cohort was chosen from more than 100 applications, and includes companies with immediately scalable solutions to challenges PUBLIC has identified as priorities for the public sector over the next year.

With the COVID crisis continuing to drive a radical shift in how citizens and businesses interact with government, public services are under pressure to identify new and innovative ways of delivering for their citizens. Officials will need to secure greater impact in the face of significant operational challenges posed by COVID and limitations on available resources.

As increasingly difficult policy and planning decisions have to be taken, the value of real-time, actionable data and insight has become more important than ever. With this in mind PUBLIC is delighted to be able to support ZenCity and Coplug – two companies that are using different tools to help public bodies plan and deliver the services they provide to their citizens.


Zencity uses advanced AI to provide local government agencies with actionable insights about their communities’ needs and priorities based on discourse in digital channels


Coplug has developed SidM Systems, a powerful spatial analytics digital platform that supports services and infrastructure planning across cities.

With the pandemic forcing people to spend ever more time online, PUBLIC has identified Samurai Labs as a practical tech solution for public bodies working to combat threats in the online harms space.

Samurai Labs

Samurai Labs is an online safety company keeping children and online communities safe from cyberviolence, sexual predators, suicidality and other threats – before any damage is done.

Finally, uncertainty around a remote economy has led to transformation of service provision in individual sectors; Healthcare, mental health & Wellbeing, and the future of work have rapidly emerged as areas in which procurement and development of new technologies and systems by the Government will be essential.

To this end, GovStart will work with the following companies, helping them to scale their technologies and identify areas where they will be of most value to public bodies in tackling these issues:


Alcuris has developed Memo: an assistive technology platform that prolongs the independence of older/vulnerable individuals, provides reassurance of their wellbeing to friends and family as well as actionable insight to local authorities and care professionals.


TympaHealth are the developers of a mobile ear health clinic which combines high definition otoscopy, hearing screening tests, and ear wax removal, onto one portable device.


Deployed is a productivity platform, supporting users to write performance focused Statements of Work (SoW) with Suppliers.


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