Innovation and changeDigital TransformationPublic announces startups on 2018 GovStart accelerator programme

Public announces startups on 2018 GovStart accelerator programme

GovTech venture fund Public has announced the next round of companies joining its GovStart accelerator programme.

The new cohort of 12 Tech Startups cover a broad range of sectors to help drive innovation in public services – from health and social care, to traffic management and smart cities.

Announcing the new companies at a meeting at 10 Downing Street, Public’s CEO Daniel Korski said he was delighted to welcome the new companies.

“This year we received over 300 applications in an incredibly competitive field, and the companies selected will benefit from the most intensive, high quality and successful growth programme for tech companies looking to scale in the public sector.”

The companies making up the 2018 cohort are:

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

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

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

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

GoodBox is a social impact start-up with contactless payment devices dedicated to building digital solutions that effortlessly connect donors and causes.

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

Kraydel is the 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 is improving people’s everyday lives in the city’s public spaces through smart street furniture.

Yo-Da is 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.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport commented: “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.”

The 2017 round of the GovStart initiative led to £8.1m worth of contracts being signed, including the award of DWP’s Universal Jobmatch contract to Adzuna, plus seven public sector pilots agreed, £31m of total investment raised, and four new products developed fitting public needs.

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