GovStart round two opens

Startups passionate about transforming public services are being invited to apply for the second round of GovStart, the six-month growth programme run by PUBLIC to help govtech ventures grow and shape a market that it estimates will be worth £20bn by 2025.

PUBLICHouses of Parliament, the govtech investment firm set up by former Downing Street advisor Daniel Korski, has opened up applications for its latest programme to help startups transform public services.

PUBLIC’s GovStart, now entering its second six-month programme, takes on startups with a variety of sizes and industry focuses, and provides them with “the tailored support, strategy and networks they need to succeed in the public sector market.”

GovStart promises support on strategy, product, channels, preparation, execution and startup support.

The firm estimates that the UK’s govtech sector will be worth at least £20bn by 2025.

Startups taking part in GovStart have the advantage of being in the PUBLIC network, offering contacts with government decision makers, in-house product development expertise, and a core team including Korski, investment and private equity professional Alexander de Carvalho and former PM special advisor Max Chambers.

Mentors include former UK chief procurement officer Bill Crothers, former government deputy CTO James Stewart and former UBS chief technical officer Correy Voo.

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In a separate initiative, next week PUBLIC hosts its first Urban Challenge Awards in Birmingham.

Andy-StreetThe Urban Challenge is an open call competition for tech startups to develop ideas to make the West Midlands a better place to live and work, by pitching directly to the mayor and giving the chance to work directly with officials from the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The awards event, hosted by West Midlands mayor Andy Street (pictured), will hear from the four winning startups in the PUBLIC Urban Challenge, as well as other speakers from government and startups.

The Urban Challenge Awards happen on Thursday 22 March from 3-7pm. Register to attend.

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