Serving Wellington and Aotearoa by delivering better outcomes
We help local, central and international government agencies tackle some of the most urgent challenges and create a positive impact for their communities.
How? We do this by introducing you to proven innovation principles and processes through the GovTech Accelerator.
The programme creates valuable projects in 13 weeks, reducing costs and de-risking innovation in the public sector.
This is our sixth year of the GovTech Accelerator. So far we’ve been part of 52 project teams and joined by 210 participants who delivered innovative solutions across the public service.
We’re looking for public sector project teams who understand the problem that they face and are prepared to have a specific focus on rapid solution development. This approach will require build, test and iteration cycles of a solution concept that will likely be tech-based.
Interested in GovTech 2024?
We want to hear from you.
Mid Oct Startup Accelerator kick-off
Early Sep GovTech Launch Event
Early 2024 GovTech Accelerator kick-off
May 2024 Public Showcase
SINCE 2018 WE’VE WORKED WITH
Local and central government bodies
NGOs and businesses
2023 Impact Report
Through a focus on collaborative innovation, impact measurement and upskilling opportunities, GovTech is empowering public sector organisations and departments to stay ahead of the curve and meet the needs of citizens in a rapidly changing world.
With 52 projects through our programme over the past five years and over 60% still active, take a look at the report and find out more about their journey with the GovTech Accelerator.
Some of the agencies that took part in the accelerator:
Get involved in 2024
Hear from our GM Government Innovation, Jonnie Haddon as he speaks on the evolution of the GovTech Accelerator and what to expect this year.
Already have a project in mind and want to get in touch? You can contact our team below.
Or check out this GovTech overview which explains more about this year’s GovTech Accelerator and how it will overcome the problems of “1,000 blooming flowers within our public sector’ that go on to fade & die.
Government agencies, NGOs and startups came together in the fifth GovTech Accelerator.
In 2022 we had 14 government projects, NGOs and Startups joining us – all focusing on social and environmental challenges that are facing Aotearoa.
Here are five reasons to get you started:
- Solve the root-cause problems and build the right solution to meet citizens’ needs.
- Work with experienced facilitators in an environment that fosters collaboration across agencies.
- Build innovation capability in your government staff through immersive learning by doing.
- Enable co-design and collaboration with citizens and the public and private sectors.
- Rapidly test new solutions using a safe and user-centric process.
How it works
The GovTech Accelerator is a proven model that fast-tracks projects and creates long-term solutions. The process can broadly be broken down into four steps.
1. Pick a project and get a team together
What’s top of mind? Pick an issue you’d like to prioritise. We’ll guide you to get the right team composition and we’ll help you source external team members to fill your skill gaps.
2. Put an advisory board together
You’ll have visibility all the way. The most successful teams have a strong buy-in and an advisory board ready to support them throughout their journey.
3. Innovation by method
Time to get to work. We’ll guide the teams through 13 weeks of intensive work to get them where they need to be. We’ll start with an in-depth problem discovery phase to get to the core of the problem. We’ll then move on to co-designing with the communities you are targeting.
4. See the results
By the end of the programme, your team will have validated or invalidated the initial idea. They’ll have a viable business case and/or a validated prototype. They will pitch their progress at the final Demo Day, in front of an audience of government peers, ministers and media.
“GovTech encourages cross-agency collaboration, innovation, and creativity. It’s the recognition that if we’re going to tackle these challenges, we need to think differently.”
Dr. Ganesh Nana
Chair of the Productivity Commission
“Thank you to Creative HQ, who have led four years of government innovation through the GovTech Accelerator.”
Hon. Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Local Government, Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development
“It’s inspiring to see the work that comes out of these programmes that create real meaningful change for government organisations and also the people they serve. It’s the kind of approach that we need in a modern, adaptive public service.”
Hon. David Clark
Minister of the Digital Economy and Communications
Since 2018, we’ve worked with local councils, central government agencies and international governments to fast-forward impactful projects.