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Scottish Government unveils 10 picks in CivTech Challenge 4.0


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Scottish Government has revealed the 10 projects to receive support under the fourth round of its CivTech Accelerator programme.

They have been chosen in response to a series of challenges designed to find new digital solutions for dealing with public sector presented by local authorities and other agencies.

When announcing the challenges in August, the programme team said that each project would receive £20,000 in support for the accelerator stage, set to run over the next three months.

The 10 projects, matching public sector sponsors with companies, are as follows:

  • Skills Development Scotland with Global Trails on using technology to inspire primary school pupils in thinking about future careers.

  • Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Government with Lumera Health on technologies to support people with long term illnesses.

  • Student Awards Agency Scotland with WalletServices on enabling easier access to SAAS funding.

  • City of Edinburgh Council with Novoville on technology for managing communal areas in privately owned tenements.

  • Glasgow City Council with Reshape Technology to use data in helping people reduce their carbon footprint.

  • West Dunbartonshire Council with M2M Cloud on tracking off-network council assets.

  • West Dunbartonshire Council with Trickle Data Insights on using technology to support line managers in providing support to employees.

  • Scottish Government People Services with Amiqus on making the pre-employment check and onboarding process more efficient.

  • Transport Scotland with Deblur on the enforcement of a potential Blue Badge holder exemption law from low emission zones.

  • Forestry and Land Scotland with Elsoms Seeds, Silvibio, Cumbria Tree Growers, Forest Research and Forestart on making better use of the country’s supply of high quality tree seed.

Economy Secretary Derek McKay 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 wellbeing of people across Scotland.”

The Scottish government said that so far the programme has helped to create 94 jobs and led to participants winning contracts with a total value of over £8.5 million.

The CivTech programme was launched by Scotland’s Digital Transformation Service in 2016 to encourage the creation of products and services to support the country’s public sector.

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