DX Stories Episode 3: In conversation with StateUp Expert Affiliate Dr. Stephanie Diepeveen

In episode 3 of DX Stories, StateUp Expert Affiliate Stephanie Diepeveen sits down with StateUp’s Riley Kaminer and Access Partnership’s Melissa Govender to discuss digital transformation in Africa and beyond. Diepeveen shares her thoughts on trust building, developing inclusive citizen engagement initiatives, and bridging the gap between the worlds of academia and public policy. DX Stories, an initiative by Access …

Sit Down with StateUp: Dr. Paolo Turrini

In our new series ‘Sit Down with StateUp’, we’ll interview leading experts to hear their stories and share their insights focused on innovation, government and public purpose. In this edition, StateUp Associate Riley Kaminer sat down with Dr. Paolo Turrini, our own Expert Affiliate specialising in AI for social good. Also check out the first article in the series, which features …

Zencity Announces $30 Million Funding Round

Tel Aviv-based community insights and analytics platform Zencity has just announced a $30 million funding round. The funding was raised exclusively from its previous investors, which include TLV Partners, Vertex Ventures Israel, Salesforce Ventures, M12 – Microsoft’s venture fund, and Canaan Partners Israel. The company gathers data from sources including social media, local news channels, emails, CRMs, Google analytics, and non-emergency …

Chainalysis Secures $100 million Series E

StateUp 21 member Chainalysis has just announced a $100 million Series E funding round, raising its valuation to $4.2 billion. This latest round was led by Coatue. Altimeter, Blackstone, GIC, Pictet, Sequoia Heritage, and SVB Capital also participated alongside previous investors Benchmark, Accel, Addition, Dragoneer, Durable Capital Partners, and 9Yards Capital. This announcement comes just three months after the startup raised …

Make It Green: Why Digital Innovation in the Built Environment is Key to a Green Recovery

By Sam Harrison This year, StateUp has been collaborating with the Centre for Digital Built Britain at the University of Cambridge and a variety of other industry stakeholders on two major projects: a Vision for the Built Environment—published today—which proposes a new way of understanding and managing the built environment, and a forthcoming guide translating its core ideas into the language of …

Cyan Forensics Raises £5 million Series A

StateUp 21 member Cyan Forensics has just announced a £5 million Series A funding round led by Par Equity. This brings Cyan’s total funding to over £8 million. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Cyan Forensics? Cyan Forensics offers tools to help police forces analyse data from seized computers and online sources. This helps public safety departments …

Chainalysis Raises $100 million Series D

StateUp 21 member Chainalysis has just announced a $100 million Series D funding round, bringing its valuation to $2 billion. This latest round was led by Paradigm, with participation from TIME Ventures, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s investment fund, and previous investors Addition and Ribbit. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Chainalysis? Chainalysis’ products make it easier to …

Should Governments Be Data-Optimists?

By Sam Gilbert The 2010s were a decade of increasing pessimism about data. The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the ways even democratically-elected governments were electronically surveilling their own citizens, while influential scholars such as Shoshana Zuboff challenged the legitimacy of big tech companies’ data-driven business models. Both the scope of the EU’s landmark General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and …

Via acquires mobility planning startup Remix for $100m

StateUp 21 member Remix has been acquired by mobility startup Via for $100m. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Remix? San Francisco-based Remix, a collaborative mapping platform for transportation decision-making, offers a suite of products aimed at helping municipal workers make better mobility decisions.  They prioritise collaboration and interoperability, making it easy to download data and share …

How Should We Regulate Big Tech?

Join us on 19th May for an event covering new perspectives on regulating big tech from academics and experts in the field. Big tech companies seem to have been implicated in every social and political disruption of recent years, from the rise of the anti-vaxxer movement to the storming of the Capitol. Influenced by the theory of “surveillance capitalism”, policymakers …

Innovation in the Built Environment Sector – Request for Input

Do you work in the built environment sector, including as a startup, investor, operator, policymaker, planner, lawyer, researcher, surveyor, builder or engineer? We want to hear from you if so. We are working with the Construction Innovation Hub, Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) and the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on a new policy guide focused …

Zencity acquires Elucd, bolstering efforts to understand citizen sentiment

StateUp 21 member Zencity has just announced its acquisition of US-based polling and data analysis startup Elucd. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Zencity? Tel Aviv-based Zencity enables data-driven decision-making for local government through access to residents’ online feedback. The startup gathers data from sources including social media, local news channels, emails, CRMs, Google analytics, and 311 (non-emergency …

Logically’s new platform uses AI to combat mis- and disinformation at scale

StateUp 21 member Logically just launched a new threat intelligence platform that can identify, analyse and disarm harmful online misinformation at scale. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Logically? Logically was set up to combat online misinformation and disinformation across a variety of online media. Logically’s media intelligence, credibility assessment, veracity assessment, and social network intelligence capabilities …

Why Invest in GovTech? A leading VC firm weighs in

Quer ler esta matéria em Português? Clique aqui! Astella Investimentos is a leading venture capital firm in Brazil. Here, venture investor Guilherme Lima discusses their decision to add 2 GovTech startups—Gove and Aprova Digital—to their portfolio over the past few months. We recently invested in two GovTech startups: Aprova Digital and Gove. The decision to invest was based on extensive analysis …

Edgybees secures $9.5m funding

StateUp 21 member Edgybees just raised $9.5 million USD. Here’s what you need to know about them. What’s interesting about Edgybees? Edgybees began life as a gaming company that used AR to create realistic graphics.  It subsequently began using drones and automated video analytics to capture live feeds of disaster situations overlaid with geo-information, including maps, building layouts, points of …

StateUp at OECD E-Leaders Annual Meeting 2020

Dr. Tanya Filer, Founder and Director of StateUp delivered the keynote presentation at the OECD’s E-Leaders 2020 conference. Tanya discussed how to build a digitally-enabled state during the closing plenary session. She was joined by Siim Sikkut, Chair of the E-Leaders Working Party and Government CIO of Estonia; Elsa Pilichowski, Director, Public Governance at the OECD; Barbara Ubaldi, Digital Government …

Digital Minilateralism: New research from University of Cambridge

The scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the need for policymakers facing similar, and globally entwined, challenges to be able to learn quickly from peers what has worked – or not – elsewhere. Yet little is understood about how lessons are learned and ideas shared in relation to government technology uptake, use and governance. New research at the Bennett …

GovTech in Latin America / GovTech en América Latina

English (español abajo) Digital Government units across Latin America are making strides in serving citizens through digitisation, and achieving international recognition for their efforts. Yet they also face major challenges, including recruiting and retaining technological talent. To build and maintain digital transformation agendas that meet citizens’ needs, governments must harness opportunities to work with innovative GovTech providers, whether to rationalise …