CivTech 2.0 focuses upon improving the ways in which technology orientated businesses and organisations based in Scotland work alongside the public sector.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- The chance to solve a public sector challenge in an innovative way.
- To secure a public sector client via a streamlined procurement process.
- To receive payment for co-designing and co-developing new products. There is an Exploration Stage (£3,000), an Accelerator Stage (£17,000) and a Commercialisation (the amount is dependent on the Challenge and the nature of the product).
- To keep 100% of IP.
- To keep 100% of the equity.
- To be part of a movement that drives innovation in the public sector.
- To be part of a unique tech co-location and collaboration space based in CodeBase, Edinburgh.
- To help Scotland to become a more prosperous, just, open and equal society; improving people's lives along the way.
There are six stages to this accelerator programme which are as follows:
- Stage One: Challenge Creation. Challenge Sponsors will identify their challenge; defining it and providing all relevant data, information and market opportunities for the challenge and asking for solutions.
- Stage Two: Application. The Digital Ecosystem will respond with potential solutions. These solutions may come from new start-ups, scale-ups, students and citizens from all walks of life.
- Stage Three: The Exploration Stage. Three teams will be selected to work alongside the challenge sponsor for a three week period; refining their proposed solution.
- Stage Four: The CivTech Accelerator. One of three companies will be selected to develop their product collaboratively within their challenge sponsor, and with citizen participation throughout a three-month long product development cycle.
- Stage Five: Pre Commercial Development. After the accelerator period has come to a close, the challenge sponsor will have the opportunity to continue the contract with the participating team.
- Stage Six: National and International Commercialisation. The product will now be commercialised and seeking to build a national and international client base.
This accelerator programme is administered through the Scottish Government's Digital Directorate; the body responsible for delivering Scotland's digital strategy.
The purpose of CivTech is to match digital tech innovators with public sector organisations that are looking to create digital solutions for a variety of "civic challenges". This accelerator provides a route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other companies to work towards the development of digital transformation within the public sector whilst creating the potential for such businesses to gain public sector contracts.
Furthermore, CivTech represents an opportunity to tackle and solve problems identified by the public sector; achieving business growth in the process. A new set of challenges have been posed to which interested companies and individuals should propose a solution:
- Cairngorms National Parks Authority/ Scottish Natural Heritage: Tackling the persecution of birds of prey.
- Historic Environment Scotland: Tracking visitors to historic attractions in Scotland.
- NHS National Services Scotland/Scottish Government: Improving access to Scotland's statistical information.
- NHS Scotland: Creating a smarter system for booking outpatient appointments.
- Scottish Government: How might the Scottish Government use data to improve public services access through mygov.scot?
- Scottish Enterprise: How might networks be better mobilised is order to build brand Scotland?
- Stirling Council: Capturing and using data for the improvement of local services.
Information regarding restrictions has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
The following types of Scotland based applicants are welcome to apply:
- The private sector, which may include SMEs, start-ups, pre-starts and entrepreneurs.
- Academia, research centres and students.
- The public sector.
The judging panel will make decisions based upon the following criteria:
- Overview of idea
- Level of innovation.
- Commercial potential.
- Commitment to schedule.
Information regarding match funding has not been stipulated. Interested parties should contact the funding provider directly for further details.
Support is intended to help businesses develop products in partnership with public sector organisations.
The deadline for applications is 1 June 2017, before 9:00am.
Interested parties may apply using the following five steps:
- First of all, the applicant will need to register on PCS. Once on PCS, the applicant should register as a supplier. This will involve entering basic information such as address, phone, email etc.
- The applicant will then need to choose their challenge, going to the dedicated PCS page.
- The applicant will then need to register their interest on the Challenge Page, using either the button at the top of the page or the tab at the bottom. As the accelerator is challenge specific, if the applicant is interested in more than one challenge they will need to complete a separate registration for each one.
- The applicant will then need to download the following two documents:
- The first document is the main application form, in the form of a Word document.
- The second document is entitled "Grounds for Mandatory Exclusion relating to Criminal Convictions"; covering activities that would automatically prevent individuals from applying for public contracts eg conspiracy, corruption, fraud, terrorist offences, money laundering, child labour and drugs trafficking. This document contains a single question which will establish whether or not the applicant is eligible to apply.
- The fifth step is to write the application, as clearly as possible. The completed application form and the Mandatory Exclusion document should be submitted through the electronic post-box on PCS. Once this has been submitted, the applicant will receive an onscreen confirmation and a confirmation email.
There are five specific stages to the CivTech 2.0 timeline, which are as follows:
- Challenge Stage, which includes the application window. This stage begins 8 May 2017 up until 9am, 1 June 2017.
- Interviews for the Exploration Stage. Interviews for the Exploration Stage will take place during the weeks beginning 19 June 2017 and 26 June 2017.
- Exploration Stage. This stage takes place 10 July 2017 going through to 4 August 2017. Pitch and interview sessions will take place during the last week of the Exploration Stage and going forward into the next week commencing 7 August 2017.
- Accelerator Stage. Begins 28 August 2017, going on officially until 8 December 2017.
- Demo Day. This will take place during the week commencing 8 January 2018.