Two people providing digital solutions

Digital Firms can help solve issues in the public sector

Thanks to the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme, technology firms are being invited to help provide solutions to issues that the public sector is facing.

The programme centres around an intense 15-week accelerator, which enables innovative and ambitious responders to be selected through an “open and straightforward process” and then be paid to build working prototypes and receive business growth support.

With £7 million worth of contracts on the table, entrepreneurs and businesses of any size are able to respond to challenges that have been set by public sector bodies, local councils, charities, and the Scottish Government.

Since being set up in 2016, CivTech has set 64 challenges for entrepreneurs and firms to solve, with 184 taking par tin the original exploration stage. Of the teams engaged, over 90% were pre-starts, start-ups, and early-stage SMEs.

Ivan McKee, Business Minister, said:

“We want thinkers, creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, to all come together and join us in finding answers to major challenges facing not just communities and individuals across the country, also around the world.”

The challenges for 2022 are focused on how technology can be used to empower minority groups, communities, and marginalised individuals, with another focus on helping improve transport infrastructure and helping to solve environmental problems.

Firms that are successful will be paid at different stages of work with public sector organisations, with the contract values sitting between £350,000 and £800,000.

PSE August/September 2023

PSE August/September 2023

London mayor assisting with creative COVID recovery

Our  August/September 2023 edition of PSE brings you expert comment and analysis on a range of key public sector topics, from EV infrastructure to Digital transformation and reducing carbon emissions.

 

Learn how the role of local government in leading the data revolution or read all about the Manchesters landmark housing scheme, alongside so much more…

Videos...

View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Events

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Virtual Events

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

 

See our full events calendar and register now! 

Public Sector Executive Podcast

Ep. 44
LGBT in the workplace
with Carl Austin Behan

In episode 44 of the Public Sector Executive Podcast, host Dan Benn was joined by former Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan OBE. Carl spoke about everything ranging from his time in the RAF, being Manchester’s first openly gay Lord Mayor, and the important work he does now, with the LGBT Foundation.
 

More articles...

View all