Vice chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz visited the GovTech Startup Polyteia in Berlin-Kreuzberg. In conversation with the team, the Minister of Finance spoke about the growing impact of startups developing digital solutions for the public sector. The sector known under the term „GovTech“ (Government Technology) is deemed a growth market in Europe and holds great potential for the digital transformation of the political and administrative sphere.
Faruk Tuncer, CEO of Polyteia, demonstrated the smart governance platform, which merges and prepares data from different sources. Faruk Tuncer and his team of experts in the fields of IT, data integration and analysis founded Polyteia, as they saw a lot of potential for a more effective delivery of municipal services through a better use of administrative data. Through Polyteia’s platform solution, data is being drawn from the different silos of software systems, excel-sheets and analog files and is made available to mayors, treasurers and council members. Municipal managers can thus take better data-informed decisions, communicate better with the council and have the right numbers to respond competently to any questions that might arise.
The Polyteia founders told Mr. Scholz from their angle how they perceived the digital transformation in Germany. The more than 10,000 municipalities in Germany were on the one hand faced with great challenges, e.g. in regards to the Online-Access regulation, demanding all municipal services to be available online by 2022. At the same time, digital transformation is also leading to internal processes being put under scrutiny. „In many municipalities data is hardly being efficiently used as of now. The collection and preparation of the data consumes big amounts of resources“, says Faruk Tuncer. At the same time, a lot of employees in the public sector keep holding on to these processes.