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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Startups developing Civic Engagement Solutions
The 5 startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 civic engagement startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 82 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
New/Mode builds Advocacy Platforms for Non-Profits
Social disagreement or disapproval of an idea or action may lead to a form of a civil protest or a grassroots campaign. To help citizens display their opinions, startups and non-profit organizations develop civic engagement platforms that coordinate efforts boosting social campaigns’ power. These organizations help set up targeted campaigns, engage new supporters, and build a lasting effect.
Canadian startup New/Mode develops advocacy and civic engagement campaigns for non-profit organizations, charities, grassroots campaigns, progressive companies, as well as for political parties and candidates. The startup’s platform, enhanced with an extensive targeting database, enables automated emails, calls, and letters addressing government officials or other decision-makers. Additionally, the platform allows campaigners to increase supporter engagement by automated and personalized social media posts and emails.
viaBLEgrid works on Instant Communication
The organization of civil campaigning through protests and marches requires elaborate communication strategies. However, in countries where freedom of speech is suppressed, access to regular communication outlets may be limited. As a result, startups develop decentralized communication solutions, which, ensuring unlimited communication and thereby increasing campaign success.
British startup viaBLEgrid works on an Internet of Things (IoT) solution for mobile and IoT device connection. The startup’s product, ViaBLEGrid, is an IoT network that employs Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to allow users to connect their devices without the use of the internet, 4G/5G, or Wi-Fi. This application enables an uninterrupted flow of communication for protest coordinators, allowing activists to overcome governmental limits.
MobilizeAmerica organizes Campaigns
Campaign organization is a time-consuming process that requires careful planning but still does not guarantee high attendance. Therefore, startups develop organizational platforms that mobilize, empower, and connect supporters. This enables fast event creation, effective volunteer mobilization, and data-driven decision-making, increasing supporter turnout and experience.
US-based startup MobilizeAmerica builds an event organization platform for campaigns, unions, advocacy organizations, and nonprofits. The platform allows coordinators to automate emails and text-messages, gather data from live events, and receive access to a multi-million network of supporters. MobilizeAmerica decreases campaign organization time, enables event data analysis and visualization, and integrates with existing campaigning and messaging tools.
Capitol Call enables Grassroots Action Campaigns
In order to commit to a policy change, government officials often need to see that many people back the initiative. As a result, startups and nonprofit organizations provide solutions enabling grassroots action campaigns. Such solutions make it easier for constituents to find their representatives and express the position on the disputed issue via a phone call or text message.
The US-based nonprofit organization Capitol Call empowers grassroots political campaigns, helping voters deliver their opinions to their representatives and aids organizers with the creation and planning of their campaigns. The nonprofit’s app uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) location of constituents to identify their legislators and their public contact information. Additionally, Capitol Call helps campaign organizers to lead and coordinate their actions as well as track supporters’ engagement and activity using the app, thereby increasing the campaign’s success.
CitizenLab creates a Community for Citizens & Local Governments
Government officials make better and more meaningful changes when they have access to public opinion and feedback. Because of this, startups develop public engagement solutions to improve the cooperation between citizens and local governments. These solutions involve citizens in important decisions and gather their input on pressing issues.
Belgian startup CitizenLab provides a community engagement platform for local governments. The platform allows decision-makers to collect citizen’s proposals, conduct polls, and surveys, as well as analyze the feathered data to uncover trends and identify pressing issues. Additionally, the platform helps users view, track, and moderate projects, driving more meaningful change.
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