Top countries for public-purpose tech production

Based on almost 1,000 high quality public-purpose tech (PPT) startups.

Our global heatmap of PPT production shows countries with high PPT output (darker shade), demonstrating that innovators across the world are developing and applying technological solutions to help to address big public needs, both locally and with an international footprint. Data source: Nebula intelligence platform.

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Which technologies are powering public-purpose tech?

Top 10 technologies by % of startups that self-report using them. Our Nebula database tracks 25 technologies that startups describe as “core” to their products and services. The top 4 technologies reportedly used by PPT startups are: AI / Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing, and Communications Tech. Data source: Nebula intelligence platform.

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Which public needs are PPT startups addressing?

Top 10 public problem areas being addressed by public-purpose tech startups, according to our dataset. Urban and local needs (19.8%), decarbonising the public sector and public goods (Green Tech, 19.1%), administrative unburdening (17.6%), and infrastructure and the built environment (16.8%) are the best represented public problem areas within the data. But public problems rarely arrive neatly packaged in silos. Some startups work at the intersection of addressing more than one public need, so are counted more than once. Data source: Nebula intelligence platform.

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How are PPT startups currently being funded?

Top 10 types of PPT startup funding status in the Nebula database, showing that the PPT landscape remains quite early stage. Data source: Nebula intelligence platform.

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Public problems vs. innovative technologies

The heatmap visualises the distribution of technology use in each public problem area. Looking at the distribution of technology use in each individual public problem area, we can identify which technologies are being used to solve specific problems versus those being broadly applied to address a broad range of needs. Data source: Nebula intelligence platform.

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Public problem versus technology

2. Distribution of public problem areas each technology innovation is applied to

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SAM.gov (System for Award Management)
Advancing Tech Startups Act;
United States
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GOV.UK Digital Marketplace
2021 Innovation strategy (including expanding start-up loans and visas); Sector-specific govt funding schemes e.g. Net Zero Innovation Portfolio
United Kingdom
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3
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Government Procurement Administration
Gov-Tech incentive program; Israel Innovation Authority Startup Division
Israel
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e-Vergabe; Tenders Electronic Daily (EU)
Digital Strategy 2025 (incl. New_Start-up_Era)
Germany
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Plataforma de Contratación del Sector Público (Public Sector Procurement Platform); Tenders Electronic Daily (EU)
Startup Law 2021; Spainish Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2021-2027
Spain
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TenderNed; Tenders Electronic Daily (EU)
Startup Box; Startup in Residence; Dutch startup visa
Netherlands
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7
A
GeBIZ
Government Technology Agency; IP Strategy 2030
Singapore
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8
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Portal de Compras do Governo Federal (Federal Government Procurement Portal)
Brazilian Digital Transformation Strategy 2018; Public Procurement Law 2021
Brazil
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Buyandsell.gc.ca
Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy; Venture for Canada; Start-up Visa Program
Canada
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Integrated Financial Management Information System
Startup Bill 2020; Kenya National Innovation Agency initiatives
Kenya
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