People and processesKaty McNeil, CivTech Intrapreneurship Lead, Scottish Government

Katy McNeil, CivTech Intrapreneurship Lead, Scottish Government

Katy McNeil, CivTech Intrapreneurship Lead, Scottish Government

Katy joined the Scottish Government’s CivTech team in August 2017. CivTech is a programme that seeks to drive daring and innovation in public services by collaboratively solving challenges to make citizens lives better. CivTech seeks out public service issues and puts these to market through pre-commercial procurement process which involves paying innovative companies and individuals to explore the public service challenge, working closely with the public service challenge sponsor. Successful companies are invited to join a four-month intensive accelerator programme, working towards an MVP and demo day. CivTech 3.0 has recently launched, with 10 new challenges and challenge sponsors from across Scotland, including the NHS, local authorities, public bodies and central government.

Katy leads a new aspect of the programme – the intrapreneurship programme. During the initial pilot of CivTech in 2016 a key observation was that the public service leaders who were involved in CivTech as sponsors got more from the programme than a new product, service or business relationship. Katy has been developing this observation into an intrapreneurship programme, which aims to develop an entrepreneurial mindset by building the skills and confidence to add public value for citizens, and the knowledge and tools to take action.

Katy brings more than 20 years public service experience to CivTech. She has worked extensively in civil service policy roles, in delivery and programme management and as an improvement adviser. Combining this experience with her entrepreneurial learning through the Saltire Fellowship and the technical expertise in the CivTech team and the CivTech companies means she can support challenge sponsors to get the most out of their CivTech experience, applying the skills and knowledge from the tech world back into their organisations.

She is also part of the core team of the OneTeamGov movement, building OneTeamGov Scotland. OneTeamGov aims to break down barriers between different professions and tribes across those who provide public services, be they public servants or providers of tech.

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