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Govtech start-up workspace to open in heart of Westminster

A collaboration between venture firm, Public, and the accelerator, Huckletree, aims to bring technologists and government closer together to help transform public services.

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The Public Hall govtech workspace will open in July and house start-ups and innovators
The Public Hall govtech workspace will open in July and house start-ups and innovators

A govtech workspace, designed to facilitate a closer relationship between politicians, civil servants and technologists, will open in the UK’s political centre of Westminster this summer.

 

It is a collaboration between venture firm, Public, which helps tech start-ups transform public services, and workspace accelerator, Huckletree. The 250-member Public Hall powered by Huckletree will be the first technology-focused co-working space in the heart of Westminster.

 

Breaking down barriers

 

Positioned immediately opposite the Ministry of Defence and a short walk from the Prime Minister’s official residence in Downing Street, Public Hall will encourage greater exchange between politicians, civil servants and technologists and aims to break down barriers and help position London as the global govtech capital.

 

“The potential for disruption in the UK public sector is significant and exciting, and we feel very strongly that this will have a transformative impact on entrepreneurs here and abroad,” said Gabriela Hersham, CEO and co-founder of Huckletree.

 

"We are hugely inspired by Public’s commitment to this vision and are proud to play a role in bringing further innovation to our city.

 

“We are looking forward to working with them to bring this ethos to life in the heart of Westminster this summer.”

“The potential for disruption in the UK public sector is significant and exciting, and we feel very strongly that this will have a transformative impact on entrepreneurs here and abroad”

Public was founded by the former deputy head of the No. 10 Policy Unit, Daniel Korski, and venture investor, Alexander de Carvalho, and brings together experience from the public sector, technology and finance. It runs its accelerator programme GovStart in London, Paris and Berlin.

 

Public Hall will be opening in July 2019, housing start-ups and innovators and will host regular trailblazing events curated by Public and Huckletree with public sector officials and start-ups.

 

“The mayor and I are committed to harnessing the power of technology and data to improve how London delivers public services,” said Theo Blackwell, chief digital officer for London.

 

"It’s fantastic to see Public Hall opening up in the capital, bringing tech companies and government closer together.

 

“Our capital already has a thriving start-up ecosystem – Public Hall is the first of its kind and I hope will help enhance London’s position as the global leader for govtech.”

 

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said Public Hall is a vital step towards “a more technology-enabled state.”

 

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