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 …

StateUp and Access Partnership Announce Global Strategic Alliance

StateUp is pleased to announce that we have entered into a global strategic alliance with Access Partnership, combining our sector-leading insights and advisory services on digital innovation with public purpose with Access Partnership’s broad global expertise in tech policy. This collaboration will enable both organisations to scale to support the growing number of businesses and public bodies looking to gain …

StateUp Welcomes Two Expert Affiliates

StateUp is thrilled to welcome Dr. Paolo Turrini and Dr. Rehema Msulwa to the team as Affiliates, helping to bring further expertise on both Artificial Intelligence and Infrastructure and the Built Environment to the company. An Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Warwick, Paolo focuses on Artificial Intelligence for social good, using game theory to design artificial …

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 …

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 …

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 21 in Forbes

As the world begins to emerge from Covid-19, the capacity for governments and the entrepreneurial sector to cooperate in addressing major public needs will be more critical than ever. In Money Flows To Govtech—Has A Cinderella Sector Been Invited To The Ball?, Trevor Clawson notes the importance of GovTech for post-pandemic recovery. The Forbes article cites the data-driven sector insights …

Sam Gilbert Joins StateUp in Advisory Role

StateUp is pleased to announce the addition of Sam Gilbert, entrepreneur and Cambridge researcher, as Advisor. The appointment reinforces StateUp’s commitment to providing cutting edge insights and advisory services at the intersection of government and technology, and deepens our expertise in data-led innovation. An expert in data-driven marketing, Sam was Employee No.1 and Chief Marketing Officer at Bought By Many, …

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 …

Announcing the Digital Translators Series

Too often, the worlds of government and technology can feel disconnected and devoid of a common language. Bridging this gap, the series will bring together leading voices at the intersection of government and technology, crafting conversations between entrepreneurs, public servants, researchers and investors interested in digital innovation with public purpose. For Dr. Tanya Filer, founder and director of StateUp, “there …