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Top 10 Finalists Announced for the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest


Kansas City, MO - March 21, 2024 - CivStart, in collaboration with five participating municipalities including Miami-Dade County, Los Altos Hills CA, Richmond VA, Arlington VA, and Houston TX, is thrilled to announce the top 10 finalists for the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest. These 10 outstanding startups were selected by the participating government leaders out of over 40 applicants to the Challenge.

Held at the Town Square Room at the Kauffman Foundation Building in Kansas City, MO, the 2024 Challenge & Pitchfest aims to address critical issues faced by local entrepreneurs and residents. With a focus on ecosystem-building, access to local government resources, workforce development, and data-driven decision-making, the 2024 Challenge & Pitchfest event embodies CivStart's mission to foster innovation and collaboration within local communities.

Event Details

Date: April 30th

Location: Town Square Room, Kauffman Foundation Building, Kansas City, MO


1:00 pm: Opening Remarks

1:15 pm: Panel Discussion with City Leaders

2:00 pm: Startup Pitches

3:30 pm: Networking Reception and Winner Announcement

4:30 pm: Event Conclusion

The 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest is open to the public and free to attend, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today by registering on our website.

"This event is a fantastic opportunity for government entities, startups, investors, and impact-focused professionals to come together and explore innovative solutions," said Sarah Nicoll, CivStart’s Chief Strategy Officer. "We're excited to showcase the groundbreaking ideas of our top 10 finalists and facilitate meaningful connections within the govtech ecosystem."

“By engaging with this transformative event, we are dedicated to redefining the landscape of government support for entrepreneurs, demonstrating our commitment to innovation and collaboration,” said City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity Director, Marsha E. Murray in a statement.

All finalists will be eligible for pilot or proof-of-concept programs with participating local governments. Additionally, a grand prize will be awarded to the startup with the best pitch for solving the government Challenge Statement. We extend our gratitude to our prize sponsors InState Partners, Government Technology Magazine, and DocuSign.

This event is hosted in partnership with the National League of Cities’ (NLC) City Inclusive Ecosystems Program, supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Register here.

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