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Selection Process

Shortlist stage

The first sift takes all applications down to 6 per Challenge. To do this we use the application form to assess:

  1. Overview of idea
  2. Level of innovation
  3. Commercial potential

The second sift takes 6 applicants down to 3. To do this we use their application form and a brief interview (either face-to-face or remotely) to assess:

  1. Business acumen
  2. Team skills

The CivTech® pilot score sheet clearly sets out the criteria being used to assess all potential solutions and the businesses behind them: you can find out more on how we assess each application here.


Exploration stage

We then take three potential solution providers per Challenge to take part in the Exploration Stage. This is a contract with the Challenge Sponsor, for which each participating team is paid £2,000 (+vat if applicable) over a two week period. You can find the exploration stage agreement here. 

During this stage the potential solution providers work to further develop their potential solution, engaging closely with the Challenge Sponsor and the CivTech® pilot team, further establishing the viability of the potential solution, and addressing any issues that have been brought up. Participants will also need to revise and re-submit their application, which we will re-assess using the CivTech® Scoresheet.

We assess this stage by:

  1. Re-assessing the revised applications
  2. Pitch (up to 30 minutes)
  3. Demo of the concept/prototype if at that stage

The combination of the Challenge Sponsor's knowledge and expertise of its sector and particular Challenge, along with the CivTech® pilot's expertise in tech development will create the ideal team to choose the best potential solution to go through to the... 


CivTech® Accelerator stage

At this stage we have one solution provider per Challenge joining the Accelerator programme. This is a contract with the Challenge Sponsor, for which each participating team is paid £15,000 (+vat if applicable) over a three month period. This will be paid in monthly tranches triggered by delivery targetsYou can find the accelerator stage agreement here.  


Pre-commercial development stage

A Pre-commercialisation stage allows for further field testing and implementation prior to a full product launch and deployment. The value of the contract at this stage will vary from Challenge to Challenge.

It would be highly desirable for initial deals to have been agreed (at least at a Heads of Terms level) before the end of the Accelerator. This allows for a seamless continuation of development - vital to successful tech progression. And there is also another significant advantage to this approach. From an SME’s perspective, the hardest sell is the first one - get the first 'sale', and the product has potential. That attracts investors’ attention. This is important as this provides a stepping stone to greater economic growth.


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