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Scottish Government Adds 10 Projects to CivTech Accelerator Programme

Duncan MacRae

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CivTech Accelerator Programme

CivTech has helped create 94 jobs and led to participants winning more than £8.5 million in contracts.

Ten projects have joined the Scottish Government’s CivTech Accelerator programme, including an initiative to develop technology that will allow anyone carrying a mobile phone to measure and reduce their impact on climate change.

Another project is aiming to build a digital assessment tool for people living with dementia to help them find the best technology to maintain their independence.

Speaking as he announced the latest round of projects benefiting from the programme, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Scotland is highly regarded around the world for supporting ambitious businesses to innovate and grow.

“I am delighted to announce the latest successful companies who will now work to create solutions to public sector challenges. These include looking at new ways to tackle the climate emergency, as well as ways in which we can improve the well-being of people across Scotland.

“I look forward to seeing the results of CivTech 4.0 and the positive impact that these new projects will make.”

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CivTech was set up by the Scottish Government in 2016 and has delivered three successful cycles. To date, the scheme has helped create 94 jobs and led to participants winning more than £8.5 million in contracts.

CivTech 4.0 launched in June 2019 and is underway, with ten challenges and 14 companies joining the Accelerator on the 5th of November.

The accelerator programme harnesses entrepreneurial tech innovation – typically from start-ups and SMEs – to solve identified public sector challenges.

The full list of successful projects CivTech 4.0 is as follows:

Challenge Sponsor
Skills Development Scotland
Successful Company
Global Trails
Challenge
How can technology help us inform and inspire primary school pupils to think differently about their future careers?

Challenge Sponsor
Alzheimer Scotland and Scottish Government
Successful Company
Lumera Health
Challenge
How can we help people with long-term illnesses access technologies that can enhance their care?

Challenge Sponsor
SAAS
Successful Company
Wallet.Services
Challenge
How can technology be used to enable easier access to all available SAAS funding opportunities and reduce drop-out rates for disadvantaged groups?

Challenge Sponsor
City of Edinburgh Council
Successful Company
Novoville
Challenge
How can we use technology to manage the property condition of communal areas in privately owned tenements?

Challenge Sponsor
Glasgow City Council
Successful Company
Reshape Technology
Challenge
How can we harness the power of data to help Glasgow’s citizens reduce their carbon footprint and make the city more resilient to the impacts of climate change?

Challenge Sponsor
West Dunbartonshire Council
Successful Company
M2M Cloud
Challenge
How can we use technology to track off-network Council assets at minimal cost?

Challenge Sponsor
West Dunbartonshire Council
Successful Company
Trickle Data Insights
Challenge
How can technology help support line managers and employees to be proactive in sharing and accessing available support when it is needed?

Challenge Sponsor
Scottish Government People Services
Successful Company
Amiqus
Challenge
How can we use technology to make the Scottish Government pre-employment check and on-boarding process more efficient?

Challenge Sponsor
Transport Scotland
Successful Company
Deblur
Challenge
How can we use technology to help enforce a potential Blue Badge holder exemption from Low Emission Zones in Scotland?

Challenge Sponsor
Forestry and Land Scotland
Successful Company
Elsoms Seeds; Silvibio; Cumbria Tree Growers; Forest Research; Forestart
Challenge
How might we use technology to make better use of Scotland’s valuable but limited supply of high-quality tree seed?

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