To deliver the Government’s transformation agenda, the public sector must ensure it has access to the best innovative and disruptive technologies available in an ever-changing tech market. However, techUK's research has shown that civil servants need more engagement with suppliers as part of pre-procurement market engagement, but often do not have access to do so. This situation is confirmed by the views of GovTech SMEs showing that 90% do not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how GovTech SMEs can meet their needs.
techUK Innovation Den
In response to this, techUK runs regular Innovation Dens offering GovTech SMEs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to panellists from public sector organisations currently delivering transformation programmes. In November 2017 we ran an Innovation Den focussing on innovative products or services that can support the delivery of excellent customer services. The panel for this Innovation Den included:
● Danny Wootton: Head of Innovation Strategy, ISS Design Authority, Ministry of Defence
● Nadira Hussain: Former President SOCITM and Head of ICT, London Borough of Enfield
● Emma Jones: Founder Enterprise Nation and SME Crown Rep
● Rob Driver: Head of Public Sector, techUK
As a result of the Innovation Den techUK collated panellists’ feedback on the services pitched and provided feedback to pitchers on how to improve and refine their pitch to the public sector. The Innovation Den Programme has led to many follow-up appointments between GovTech companies and the public sector. Watch this space as techUK will be running profiles on all of the companies that pitched at the November Innovation Den!
If you are a company that would like to participate in our next Innovation Den on 13 June 2018 get in contact now to register your interest - there is a high level of demand and places fill up quickly!