Nitrous is launching Govsight -
Pocket-size insights into how
technology is disrupting the public
sector. Clear, concise and
digestible views into
CityTech*, CivTech and general
*CityTech: (noun) a word
(coined by us) to describe a technology
specifically affecting our cities.
that the GovTech market could be
worth £20 billion by
2025 in the UK alone. With the
ongoing pandemic, public and
private sector collaboration
couldn't be more important.
Our aim here at Nitrous is to
clearly aggregate public sector
activity in technology to give
important, bitesize insights
into government grant
tenders and tech strategy
monthly publication aims
to provide clear updates for
entrepreneurs engaging with
the public sector so
opportunities from the fast-growing
GovTech space can be realised.
Collaboration in the face of a
UK and UKRI launch Covid 19
does this mean?
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has caused
widespread disruption globally, with little
in the way of an exit strategy.
Concentrating on saving lives, the public
sector is looking externally for solutions
that help the vulnerable, that help lower
the spread and help us end lockdown in a
safe and sustainable way.
Tech like Corona
100m in South Korea has proven to be
effective, with the most effective
balance of containing the spread of the
contagion and locking down the society. It's
here that the public sector is now looking,
with an eye for innovative solutions that
can help society pick itself up and continue
The open call for innovative solutions
is a promising sign for the UK SME tech
ecosystem as they are not being
overlooked to find solutions.
What is clear is that the public sector
needs to innovate in response to
this crisis more than ever. With SME's
facing increased financial uncertainty,
the promise of government grants to
help fight this pandemic may
give much-needed relief to
Closer to home SMEs like Yoti
- the digital identification consumer app -
is offering its biometric digital identity
verification service for free to all public
To fight these new challenges, companies are
also finding different applications
for existing technology, for
example, dRISK is using its machine
technology (usually reserved for
the operation of Autonomous
Vehicles) to spot areas prone to
spreading contagions post-lockdown.
Necessity is the mother of all invention and
these are certainly adverse times.
SMEs are feeling the bite, but this isn't
stopping them from adapting their solutions
to the current climate. Many startups in our
network see the challenge, but also the
opportunity with their solutions being
retrofitted to meet the needs of
It's an encouraging step, that shows how
innovative and adaptive the ecosystem is to
With China being seen as the model (taken
with a grain of salt for potential reporting
inaccuracies), can democratic societies
possibly replicate these methods and break
privacy norms to fight the virus? The lesser
of two evils right?
Lessons from countries in Asia show that
using personal data has hugely helped to
flatten the curve of infection, however not
without a price. Mass-data collection has
had its downsides, including the location
of whistle-blowers in
We see now a great responsibility to do all
we can to protect people, but not open up a
Pandora's box that we may never be able to
close in terms of privacy. We must remember
that GDPR legislation can be suspended in
times of a health crisis, so the time for
responsibility is now.
City Council wants
assistance in developing a transport
journey planning system within the
"Choose How You Move" brand. Apply
Closes 21 April.
Also looking develop its transport
planning is Milton
Keynes Council who are
looking for expressions of
interest to revolutionise thier
scheduling software for
a Community Transport service.
Apply for it here.Closes
Mental wellbeing during the latest
pandemic is a hot topic for
government, including Birmingham
City Council who are looking
for help in supporting Black &
Minority Ethnic (BAME), Disabled and
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transsexual (LGBT) communities.
Closes 21 April.
This is an unprecedented and challenging
time for all people. SMEs are the lifeblood
of innovation and entrepreneurship of this
country and we need to support them.
We will use this space to advise and counsel
those who are struggling at this time.
SME loan scheme
SME help fund launched on
March 24, with loans of up
to £5m readily available to
business with a
turnover of £45m or
Whilst statistics about payouts are yet to
be released, industry sources are saying
the uptick has been low. Many
criticise the entry requirements, demanding
a previous record of financial security -
something that low-profit/high-potential
startups cannot fulfil - should the
government do more here?
CEO, Sam Altman has opened
up a financial stream to
companies working to
mitigate the effects of
Coronavirus. This is
sparking a new wave of
interest from other Silicon
Valley investment funds, to
For SMEs, the runway may be looking bleak at
this time, but the market is evolving, and
investment dollars may be pointed to
companies who are adapting to help fight
this threat. Similarly, grant funding across
the EU (Horizon 2020) and (UK TechForce 19)
are being opened up for innovative ideas.
This is the time to assess how you can help,
because it may mean a new opportunity for
We've included an open-source list of
investors, VC funds and incubation hubs and
what their status is at the moment.
Furloughed, investing, hiring, this list is
a great guide. Make sure you have a
See you in a
couple of weeks and keep safe!
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