LONDON; Oct. 22, 2018 —Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and leading GovTech firm PUBLIC are collaborating to help bring to market new start-up technologies that will enable governments to deliver smarter, more-efficient public services.

Founded in 2016 to help technology start-ups connect with and transform the public sector, PUBLIC today has a portfolio of 24 GovTech companies across all aspects of digital government.

Accenture will leverage its expertise in public-sector digital transformation to help PUBLIC further connect and scale GovTech through PUBLIC’s six-month GovStart programme — which takes start-ups that have powerful public-sector applications and provides them with tailored support, strategy and networks to help them transform the public sector. Accenture will provide mentorship and expertise to PUBLIC’s GovStart programme, helping the organisation accelerate the potential for new technology to transform the way citizens interact with government.

“The demand for technology innovation in the public sector has never been higher,” said Shaheen Sayed, who leads Accenture’s Health & Public Service business in the U.K. “In addition to ongoing budgetary constraints and the need for new approaches to develop smarter public services, governments are facing rising expectations from citizens, who expect the same level of service from government that they now get in the private sector. By working with PUBLIC to help the public sector access GovTech, we can not only provide a solution to these challenges, but an opportunity to make the U.K. a leading world player in GovTech.”

Daniel Korski, PUBLIC’s CEO & co-founder, said, “We are delighted to be starting this journey with Accenture, which will help us to bring new and powerful technologies to government, both centrally and locally. We have been constantly encouraged by the positive response we have received from the public and private sector in creating a thriving GovTech ecosystem. The opportunity to continue to build and grow GovTech with Accenture is an exciting prospect — and we look forward to all that is to come.”

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 459,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

About PUBLIC

PUBLIC helps technology startups transform public services. We provide insight, support, networks and capital to entrepreneurs with the latest and most innovative ideas, helping them improve the lives of citizens through enhancing the services that the government provides. Led by ex-deputy head of the No.10 policy unit, Daniel Korski, and venture investor, Alexander de Carvalho, PUBLIC’s team has operational experience across government, start-ups, technology and finance. For more information, visit: PUBLIC

Recent examples of GovTech startups that PUBLIC has been working with include:

  • Adzuna - an AI-powered search engine for job vacancies and recent winner of the Department of Work & Pensions’ Universal Jobmatch contract.
  • Cera - a technology enabled home-care company, which features Sir Nick Clegg as chair of their board.

Media contacts:

Andy Rowlands
Accenture
+44 7952 594 784
andy.rowlands@accenture.com

Edd Elliott
PUBLIC
+44 7928 344 466
edd@public.io

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