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Our Mission

CivStart believes solving society's biggest problems starts at the local level.

CivStart is a nonprofit with a mission to spark innovation with local government leaders and nurture the growth of emerging govtech startups in our inclusive ecosystem.


CivStart is creating a world where local governments have the tools, networks, and resources to best serve their communities and the challenges they face.

To achieve our mission and realize our vision, CivStart provides local government leaders with deep-issue and technical industry knowledge, peer connections, and pilot program implementation to deliver practical results. At the same time, CivStart is growing a robust ecosystem of civic-minded entrepreneurs who are successfully navigating the pathway through the rewarding but challenging government market and bringing their innovative and affordable solutions to communities across the country. Across the ecosystem, we are creating a collaborative environment where innovative and affordable startup solutions intersect with government tech experts and public sector leaders.

  • Empowering Government Leaders: We engage closely with state and local governments, understand their unique challenges, and connect them with innovative startups to transform their operations and services. We ensure governments are better equipped to procure innovations, assess their internal systems and tools, and staff sufficiently to implement technologies.

  • Growing Govtech Startups: We nurture early-stage startups and provide mentorship, resources, and network effects so they can generate impact for local governments and the communities they serve.

  • Fostering Inclusivity and Impact: Our programs encourage participation from founders and startups with diversity in their organizations, and their products and solutions positively impact diverse communities.

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Meet CivStart's talented and diverse staff, board, and advisor network.

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