GovTech Challenge Series is a structured process of connecting public sector challenges and innovative teams that have ideas and solutions. GovTech Challenge Series is designed to solve public sector challenges that do not have a clear answer, but have a potential to foster a creation of innovative digital solutions. It is an innovation to traditional procurement process, because it focuses on piloting solutions before proceeding to full scale implementation.
There are two possible tracks in GovTech Challenge Series:
1. Scouting GovTech Solutions
2. Developing GovTech Solutions
Public sector challenge selection
Open call for ideas or solutions (market consultation or design contest)
Best ideas and teams are selected (only in the 2nd track)
Solution development | Co-Create Programme (only in the 2nd track)
Best solutions are presented during the Demo Day (only in the 2nd track)
Many startups fail because they never achieve the product-market fit while GovTech programs provide real challenges as well as the potential customer who is looking to solve them.
Participating in a GovTech program means working closely with the public sector and establishing connections. Also, in many cases such programs serve as a “stamp of approval” for selected startups.
Most governments worldwide deal with similar challenges and have similar functions. This implies that solutions for common challenges provide a lot of opportunities to scale worldwide.
An opportunity to partnership with startups, academia or SME’s to create innovative, technology-based solutions to solve public sector challenges.
The program manages the risks of experimentation with innovation through a staged process and expert mentorship.
The created solutions often offer better value for money than the traditional procurement methods. In addition, partnerships build skill and knowledge around the challenge topic.