Civocracy B.V. is Europe’s leading civic tech platform. Signed customers include: S. Holland, Nice, Sicoval and Monheim Am Rhein.
Update: In the last several weeks
1) DITP tender with Capgemini
Last month we were informed we won a national tender related to the modernization of the public sector in France. We, as part of a consortium with Mazars and Capgemini, won lots 2 and 3 (of 3), which were the most relevant to Civocracy. It is a 4-year tender.
2) Debating Security Plus: a success
We successfully hosted Friend’s of Europe’s annual Debating Security Plus event, which has provided the company with our largest revenue to date (€96,000 deal in 2017, €87,250 deal in 2018). The two-day, online security conference took place 19 and 20 June. In both years we’ve seen over 1,500 people - including national ministers, military generals, international policy makers, and other experts - debating high-level security issues on the Civocracy platform, and developing future-proof policy recommendations. We are now in the process of securing a long-term contract to host online events with Friends of Europe.
3) New customers
In June, we re-signed several of our customers: Ville de Lyon, Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, and Sicoval. We also signed new contracts with La Rochelle (both the agglomeration and town), Beaupréau-en-Mauges, and the region of Provence-Côte-d’Azur. We are really excited for the new clients, new success cases, and new revenue.
4) Next steps
With the success of the new signings, the national-level tender, and other long-term contracts, we are now well on the road to our Series A, something we have been preparing for for the last couple of months. Our research has shown that there are many more relevant Series A investors, particularly within the CivicTech space, in the US than in Europe, so with this in mind, Nicolas and I are spending the next several weeks in Silicon Valley. We currently have set meetings with Lightspeed Ventures and Wildcat Ventures, among others.
We empower local governments to connect with their citizens, by assisting municipalties, cities and territories to make decisions in a more transparent way. The platform allows them to harness the knowledge of their citizens, ultimately better shaping communities through improved city consultations.
We have proven success with our 15 paying clients from four different countries. In 2017, we signed €262,450 in revenue.
We use machine learning and big data to provide actionable insights and analytics on participation.
Government are able to ask for feedback on key issues, gather ideas, and gain public perception on policy.
Citizens can offer their opinion and propose projects, stay informed, and can see when their input has been read.
We’ve empowered our clients to increase their reach, participation levels, and efficiency.
We are raising a bridge round of €165,000, prior to opening our Series A growth round later this year. We’ll use the bridge funding to continue developing our platform’s features, and continue growing our client base.
71% of people are mad at their government, and apathy is at an all time high. In the 95 elections held across Europe since 2014, on average only 56% of people voted, where as 30 years ago (1983-7), the average turnout was at 77%. The ways people have been able to express themselves - social media, town hall meetings, protests etc. - are insufficient. This has led to widespread disengagement.
The Civocracy.org platform allows for focused discussion around specific topics. For instance, the city of Lyon has consulted citizens on education reform, and Losser on biodiversity regulation. All comments are analysed by our machine learning algorithm, from which we can create detailed reports with constructive and applicable outcomes that can form policy and local projects. Citizens are also able to create discussions around subjects they wish to see improved in their communities.
Key platform features:
“The Civocracy platform is innovative, interesting and brings serious added value to offline citizen consultation. This is the future, I am convinced of it.”
Biel Raphael, Deputy Cabinet (Participatory Democracy), Ville de Lyon
In 2017, we launched our multi-city participation strategy programme, Territoires Fédérateurs
, which teaches and empowers governments to more effectively connect with their citizens, learning collaboratively from one another, and through expert trainings. The first cohort features Strasbourg
. This year, we will expand the programme to the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.
We additionally hosted the inaugural Debating Security+, an online debate run by Friends of Europe. During the 48-hour conference, we held 77 discussions and received 1750 comments. A number of high-level security officials were in attendance and hosted discussions, including Amina Mohamed, Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs
, Gilles De Kerchove, Council of the European Union
, Bert Koenders, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs,
and Denis Mercier, Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
. Many of the ideas have been included in a report
that was passed to organisations such as NATO, the European Commission and the EU. They have already resigned for 2018.
*compared to traditional methods such as town hall meetings and written correspondence. Data from a consultation with Ville de Lyon in 2016.
Graduated Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam Smart City, 2015
Signed Strategic Investment with Centric B.V., 2016
Successfully raised strategic and angel funding
Launched First Optimized Version of Civocracy, July 2016
Debating Security+ conference for global security VIPs, September 2017
Designed and Launched Territoires Fédérateurs Programme, 2017
Numerous awards, including: EU Seal of Excellence, European Institute of Innovation and Technology Digital Challenge winner 2016, Le Monde Smart City Innovation Prize 2017, 50 Companies to Invest Challenges.fr, Ashoka Social Entrepreneur to Watch
(from Paying 2017 Customers)
“Administrations can’t govern like they used to; there’s incredible strength to be gained by associating citizens in the process. Your tool is perfectly adapted to accompany this: it is based on modern, user-friendly practices with ergonomics, and an environment capable of stimulating quality debates. Thank you for making us progress in digital participatory democracy!”
Nathalie Bonfanti, Innovation-Digital Department, Métropole Nice Côte d'Azur
“In the new digital society, we find have to provide citizens with ways to contribute through new methods. In Civocracy, we recognized their added value: the platform is a welcome addition to our existing methods."Marcel Wildschut, Alderman, Municipality of Losser
“We are confronted with a difficulty that traditional tools do not allow us to resolve: limited participation, particularly amongst young people. Civocracy allows us to address this major problem. Easy to take in hand, easy to access, it allows young people who are used to digital technology to participate, and enables us to re-engage the city more generally.”
David Kimelfeld, Mayor of the 4th Arrondissement, Lyon
“Civocracy has enabled us to meet our needs, and to communicate and participate actively on social networks.”Rieneke Kanne, Councilor for Tourism, Culture and Economy of the Province, North Holland