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CivTech: harnessing the power of digital with the world’s first cross-public-sector tech accelerator

CivTech®: driving daring and innovation in the public sector

A unique opportunity has arrived: use digital technology to improve public sector services, win contracts, build business – and along the way make everyone’s life a bit better.

The CivTech® pilot is harnessing new technologies to drive daring and innovation into the public sector. It brings together private sector innovation, public sector organisations and citizens to develop more efficient and effective products and services, which will translate to new, better, faster and easier experiences for everyone. Backed by the Scottish Government, it’s going to provide an unprecedented route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to develop the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector. And crucially it’s going to create a swift, secure and practical pathway for those businesses to win public sector contracts.

This is your chance to take a problem identified by a public sector organisation, solve it, and grow your business. 

To find out more, go to our wiki: civtech.atlassian.net 

It's based around Challenges...

A Challenge is simply a problem which a Challenge Sponsor (public sector organisation) would like solved. These are the ones the CivTech® pilot is focused on. We're not prescribing the solution - that's for you to figure out!

Challenge 1: How can we help improve air quality in urban areas?  

Challenge 2: How can we make our flood forecasting information better used by a wider audience?  

Challenge 3: How can we get health and social care data and analysis to the widest possible audience?  

Challenge 4: How can we make our data publications more accessible and appealing? 

Challenge 5: How can we promote the tourist destinations along the A9? 

Challenge 6: How can we use technology to design smart roads? 

We will run engagement sessions for each of the challenges. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions directly to the Challenge Sponsors. More information on the dates and times can be found in the Challenge pages above. 

It's for everyone...

Depending on who you are and what you want to contribute and how, there are many ways to get involved. This pilot will bring together private sector expertisepublic organisationsresearch institutions and the all-important citizen

The at-a-glance opportunity for entrepreneurs, start-ups, established SMEs and businesses...

CivTech® is your chance to...

  • Take a public sector Challenge and solve it in an innovative way
  • Secure a public sector client through a streamlined procurement process
  • Get paid to co-design and co-develop the new products: there's an Exploration Stage £2k, an Accelerator Stage £15k, then a further amount for the Commercialisation Stage (the amount dependent on the Challenge and the nature of the product)
  • Keep 100% of your IP
  • Keep 100% of your equity
  • Be part of a bold movement to drive daring and innovation into the public sector
  • Be part of a tech co-location and collaboration space helping to make Scotland a more prosperous, just, open and equal society - and along the way, make people's lives better. 

A number of public sector organisations have provided Challenges - problems they need help solving. There are six from three different organisations, and they're what we're asking you to solve (you can apply for one, or as many as you wish).

The pilot has a number of stages -

Stage One: Challenge creation: Challenge Sponsors (Public Sector Organisations) identify the Challenge they have, define it and provide all relevant data, information and market opportunity on the Challenge, and ask for solutions [they do not define the solution].

Stage Two: Application: The digital ecosystem responds with potential solutions: these could come from new start-ups, scale-ups, students, and citizens from any part of life.

Stage Three: the Exploration Stage: Three teams are selected to work with the Challenge Sponsor for two weeks to refine their proposed solution.

Stage Four: the CivTech® Accelerator: One of the three are then selected to develop their product in collaboration with their Challenge Sponsor, and with citizen participation in a 3 month product development cycle.

Stage Five: Pre-Commercial development: At the end of Accelerator period, the Challenge Sponsor would have the opportunity and be encouraged to continue the contract with the participant team.

Stage Six: National and international commercialisation: the product is now commercialised and looking to build a national and international client base. 


How do I find out more?

  • To learn more about CivTech®, the wiki menu to the left will give you more information.
  • For questions about the pilot as a whole, then contact us on civtech@gov.scot
  • For specific questions about a Challenge which will inform your application, then please go to the relevant Challenge on Public Contracts Scotland.
  • If you would like to sign up to our mailing list click Mailing List
  • Follow us at @CivTechScotland

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CivTech® pilot is for 

The Challenges to be solved 

How the CivTech® pilot works 

How to Apply

Selection Process



The CivTech® Accelerator Programme

Background to pilot

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