The CivTech Accelerator Programme has now launched, advancing digital solutions to societal challenges such as climate change, as well as social care services and education.
Companies and entrepreneurs have been competing for a place on the programme, with 12 now being selected to go forward.
Winners will attempt to solve a wide range of challenges set by public sector bodies, ranging from local councils and national charities to the Scottish Government itself.
This follows the recent announcement in the Scottish Government’s programme for investment of £13.5 million to scale Edinburgh-based CivTech over the lifetime of the current parliament, with a further £46m to fund “the delivery of innovative products and services” across the public sector.
Funding will also help to expand the programme, creating new opportunities for businesses and create new, high-value jobs, while helping the public sector tackle key strategic challenges such as the climate crisis.
Winning teams will get access to an “intense programme” of workshops and other support as they begin further development of their products and businesses.
Towards the end of the 15-week Accelerator, the Teams and Challenge Sponsors will have the opportunity to extend their relationship to further develop their ‘solution’ and roll it out more widely, with up £250,000 funding available for each Challenge.
Commenting on the launch of the CivTech Accelerator, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise for Scotland Ivan McKee said: “As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic it is vital government and industry innovate together to build a stronger, fairer and more sustainable economy.
“Our investment in the CivTech Accelerator programme is already delivering on our ambition for new digital solutions to challenges faced by our community.
“As we approach COP26 in Glasgow in a matter of weeks, it is great to see CivTech using innovation to tackle the climate emergency and ecological decline, with one particular challenge sponsored by the Scottish Government aiming to help manufacturers decarbonise.
“We are committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change and, critically, ensuring we do that in a way that is just and fair for everyone.”
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Back in June, CivTech 6 announced the 12 challenges posed to Scotland’s tech companies for innovative solutions with the aim of getting firms to bring their expertise to help solve them.
Included in this year’s set of CivTech challenges are how to decarbonise manufacturing, boost the public’s trust in artificial intelligence, and manage visitors in rural hotspots.
More than 130 applications were put forward for this year’s programme marking an increase from the previous year.
Successful companies include iSumio, which has developed a way to measure indirect company emissions that will help decarbonise Scottish manufacturing, Matter Of Focus, which has created an app that allows care practitioners to speak directly with individuals about the services best aligned to their personal care needs, and Buro Happold, which has produced a data-driven platform that will improve learning environments across Scotland.
The CivTech Accelerator will culminate in a ‘Demo Day’ on 8 February 2022, where the selected teams will demonstrate their solutions to an audience of key stakeholders seeking answers to similar problems.
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