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The private sector including SMEs, start-ups, pre-starts and entrepreneurs

The CivTech® pilot offers an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the public sector in a meaningful, effective and productive way by solving a Challenge, building a product, and developing a relationship with a major public sector organisation. It's a chance to build a business, and do some good along the way.

 Find out more about the opportunities offered by the CivTech® Pilot: how you can get get involved, solve Challenges, and grow your business

During the CivTech® pilot we will harness new technologies to drive daring and innovation into the civic world and so produce a more prosperous, just, open and equal society - and along the way, make people's lives better. For SMEs, pre-starts, start-ups and entrepreneurs it's an opportunity to solve problems in the public sector, create products, and grow business.

The CivTech® pilot has a number of features that will make it utterly unique and a compelling proposition for you. And because of the way it’ll work there’s a really good chance businesses developing successful products will have their first vital buyers before the Accelerator ends.

Best of all you don’t even have to have an initial idea!

That’s because the CivTech® pilot is based around Challenges - problems public sector organisations would like solved. The organisations will define the problem, but they won’t set the solution: that’s for you to come up with and pitch – and the best of them will get through to the Accelerator. And the public sector organisations – the Challenge Sponsors - are committed to helping their chosen participants develop their idea into a product as fast and effectively as possible. Their commitment includes time, sharing of expertise, knowledge and data – and of course money. Which means from day one, you’ll not only be working closely with a subject expert but also, potentially, your first long-term customer.Because beyond the pilot, it's logical to expect that with a product that solves their original problem, the Challenge Sponsor would want to develop their relationship with you further...

CivTech® pilot is both backed and endorsed by the Scottish Government. It’s committed the public sector in Scotland to hugely increase the amount of products and services it buys from small businesses – so the timing’s great. And it’s assembled an impressive team of people from both the public and private sectors to implement the Accelerator. Designed by people with massive experience of start-up, acceleration, growth and accelerators it’ll have everything you’ll need to succeed. With a massive workshop programme we’ll be covering everything to know about starting up and growing a business as fast and as successfully as possible. The programme is highly flexible too – so whether you’re a compete beginner in terms of business, or an established SME with a new product idea or a product that can be re-engineered, you’ll find a fit with everything going on.

It’ll also prepare you for working with and winning business from the public sector. Things are changing here: as part of its commitment to buy from small businesses the Scottish Government is changing the procurement system. So if you’re on the Accelerator, you’ll be among the first to find out how this is going to happen, and among the first to learn how to do it. With massive experience of both the public and private sectors on hand, and deep understanding of how best to work at their interface for you to tap into, the CivTech® Accelerator represents perhaps the most powerful route into a huge, previously hard-to-enter sector.

 

The citizen

Citizens have a vital role to play in co-production. A key tenet of the Scottish Approach to Government is citizen participation, and we will be identifying individuals and/or citizen groups to help co-produce the Challenge solution. We want to make sure that each and every CivTech® pilot idea has the input from the end-user, so that they become truly great products – effective, efficient, easy to use, and really beneficial.

 Find out more about how CivTech® pilot works for citizens

Transforming public services with digital - and how you can help

One way or another every single one of us in Scotland engages with the public sector, every day. It may be going to your doctor, going to the library, or having your rubbish collected. It may be travelling the country’s roads, enjoying its fabulous landscapes, culture and arts, or benefitting from its education system. Or it might simply be about being able to enjoy life in a society committed to a better way of life for all its citizens. There are two ways you can get involved.

First, you can put forward a solution to a Challenge: the only qualification anyone needs is a great idea and a team to support it. You can find out how to put your idea forward here.

Second, you could come onboard to participate in the co-production of a solution, acting as an 'end-user expert'. We want to make sure that each and every idea being developed has the input from the ‘end-user’, so that they become truly great products – effective, efficient, easy to use, and really beneficial. We’re lining up a whole series of groups to help us do this. So whether you’re an individual who’d like to get involved, or apart of a group that feels it could help, get in touch – we want to hear from you. The CivTech® Accelerator is both backed and endorsed by the Scottish Government. It’s committed the public sector in Scotland to hugely increase the amount of products and services it buys from small businesses – so the timing’s great.

This role is incredibly important to everything we're doing at the CivTech® pilot, so if you'd like to know more please contact Katie Lyne at the CivTech® pilot Team: and if there's a Challenge you're particularly interested in, please do tell her. You can see the full list of Challenges here.

 

Academia, research centres and students

There's a range of opportunities for academia and research, from university and college involvement, research input and student involvement.  

 Find out more about CivTech® pilot and how it works with academic institutions, research centres and students

Opportunities for graduates, students, researchers and academics

Graduates have the opportunity to engage with the CivTech® pilot initiative by -

  • Winning a place on the CivTech® Accelerator itself as a start-up answering a challenge [existing businesses can also take part]
  • Working inside an accelerator business either as interns or volunteers
  • Working inside the CivTech® pilot team as an intern or volunteer
  • Involvement through citizen and users groups
  • Attending networking events and workshops [subject to availability]

Students can engage with the CivTech® pilot initiative by -

  • Working inside the accelerator businesses either as interns or volunteers
  • Working inside the CivTech® pilot team as an intern or volunteer
  • Involving themselves in citizen and users groups 
  • Coming to networking events and workshops [subject to availability]

Academics and researchers can involve themselves in the initiative by -

  • Coming onboard as a mentor or coach so that all the businesses on the accelerator benefit from their expertise and knowledge
  • Engaging with one or more of the businesses, adding momentum to progress through their expertise and knowledge 
  • Working through the various innovation centres that are engaging with the CivTech® pilot
  • Involving themselves in citizen and users groups 
  • Coming to networking events
  • Answering a challenge, and participating on the accelerator as a spin-out business

The opportunity for universities

In many ways the CivTech® pilot represents one of the most exciting developments in the innovation space for many years. It has the potential to draw many elements of the ‘body civic’ together to produce a country that’s driving innovation, making the most of its resources and money, creating new and vibrant businesses, is more prosperous, just, open and equal - and along the way, making people's lives better. So the opportunities for a university are many. Innovation centres can engage, and research utilised. Opportunities for students and alumni can be quickly developed. Internships can be offered. They can be partners in one of the most innovative and exciting developments in the public sector innovation space - ever.

 

 

The public sector

CivTech® pilot's mission is to stimulate innovation and daring in the public sector by creating an environment in which groundbreaking products and services can be developed - creating more effective and efficient services, better user experiences, and economies. It's been designed to harness the nation's innovation skills in the most effective manner possible, and help drive the Scottish Government's objectives in terms of public sector procurement and digital transformation.

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