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Twelve kick off GovStart 2018

GovStart, the accelerator set up by Daniel Korski’s PUBLIC govtech investment firm, has named the next cohort of startups it hopes will transform UK public services. The 2018 programme follows an inaugural accelerator last year that took 10 startups through a similar programme.

public govstart cohortPUBLIC, the investment firm set up by former Number 10 advisor Daniel Korski with investor Alexander de Carvalho, has launched its 2018 GovStart accelerator programme, “seeking to build an innovative new pipeline of technology companies transforming public services”.

The new GovStart cohort (pictured) comprises a dozen tech startups covering sectors to help drive innovation in public services, from health and social care, to traffic management and smart cities.

PUBLIC ran its first accelerator programme last year, with 10 businesses entering the programme. It offers a six-month growth programme designed to help companies engage and grow their businesses within the public sector.

The firm is backed by investors including Robin Klein, Ned Cranborne, David Meller, Theodore Agnew, Mark Austen, Brent Hoberman, Jonnie Goodwin and Stefan Glaenzer, with advisors including former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown and ex Obama administration head of technology procurement Phaedra Chrousos.

GovStart 2018 – 12 startups

Accelerated Dynamics – building an AI driven management platform which enables collaboration of robots for truly autonomous missions

Forward Health – secure mobile communication platform for clinical staff, empowering health professionals to spend more time with their patients

Futr.Ai  – machine learning platform which allows chat bots to augment internal and external systems and deploy two-way natural language conversation

FreeUp – ethical Fintech business that allows employees to access salary advances quickly and at low cost

GoodBox – social impact startup with contactless payment devices dedicated to building digital solutions that effortlessly connect donors and causes

Headlight AI – enabled adaptive sensing and mapping technology that enables service robots and drones to operate without GPS

Kraydel – wellness partner for the elderly, reducing loneliness, isolation and enabling safe, independent living

LocumTap connects clinicians with vacant shifts in healthcare organisations, improving staffing levels and reducing reliance on expensive agencies

Sentient Machines – uses deep learning to transform customer experience and boost productivity in call centres

Strawberry Energy – improving people’s everyday lives in the city’s public spaces through smart street furniture

Yo-Da – 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.

“We are excited for the next six months and to be part of the progress of these innovative entrepreneurs,” said PUBLIC. “Stay tuned to discover the future of these amazing companies.”

Commenting on the new cohort, (now-former) culture secretary Matt Hancock said: “New technologies hold out the promise to transform the state, giving citizens new and better but also cheaper public services. PUBLIC’s GovStart programme has established itself as a world leader in finding and nurturing new solutions to public policy problems. I am excited to see what the new GovStart cohort of startups can achieve.”

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