To help navigate the challenging public sector marketplace, start-ups entering CivStart’s accelerator programme will receive 24 months of customer and product development, network building and expert guidance.
CivStart, a US-based non-profit accelerator helping local and state govtech start-ups, and Govlaunch, have partnered to help connect start-ups with local government and increase the likelihood of bringing innovative solutions to market.
According to the companies, while the government technology marketplace continues to grow, start-ups entering the space often lack the necessary support needed to succeed. To help them navigate the challenging public sector marketplace, start-ups entering CivStart’s accelerator programme will receive 24 months of customer and product development, network building and expert guidance.
With this newly established partnership, CivStart cohorts can connect with Govlaunch’s global network of local government innovators looking for leading-edge technology.
“Our mission is to bring innovative solutions to local governments to better meet the needs of underserved communities. As we foster technology that creates stronger, healthier, safer and more inclusive communities, Govlaunch provides decision makers with a platform to share best practices and discover what is working for others,” said Anthony Jamison, CEO at CivStart.
“Mutual understanding is a critical piece of the puzzle, and we are excited to see our start-ups engage with Govlaunch’s audience of local government innovators.”
As part of the partnership, all CivStart cohorts will receive a ‘disruptor’ designation to ensure they are easily identifiable by Govlaunch members. Govlaunch disruptors are defined as companies that disrupt the status quo and fundamentally change the way local governments operate.
“As the only accelerator that focuses on the local government market, CivStart helps foster the technology that is allowing our members to reach their goals”
To help expand the reach of disruptive companies, CivStart said its cohorts will receive free access to tools to enhance their product page and increase brand awareness, as well as the ability to share success stories.
“We designed Govlaunch with the belief that every local government, regardless of size, should have access to a robust resource to inspire innovation – and that includes a collection of the best technology solutions on the market,” added James Alfano, CEO and co-founder of Govlaunch.
“As the only accelerator that focuses on the local government market, CivStart helps foster the technology that is allowing our members to reach their goals.” Local governments are constantly searching for companies that provide easy to implement and affordable solutions, and CivStart cohorts offer that and more.”
CivStart aims to bridge the gap between early stage companies and local governments, first by identifying cutting-edge govtech and civic technology companies and then providing expert consulting while leveraging strategic partnerships with governments, established businesses, and investors.
Govlaunch is the wiki for local government innovation – an innovation resource for local governments. With more than 1,700 local government innovation projects in the wiki, and growing around 230 projects per month, Govlaunch allows the public sector to read about how others have solved a problem rather than re-inventing the wheel.
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