On November 14 the GovTech Summit took place in Paris’ stock exchange building, the historic Palais Brongniart. The summit, initiated by GovTech venture firm PUBLIC, aims to bring together state actors with GovTech startups and firms to foster a European eco-system. Polyteia’s founder and CEO Faruk Tuncer shared a stage with Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, Greek Minister for Digital Affairs Kyriakos Pierrakakis and Leipzig’s Mayor for Digital Affairs Ulrich Hörning. The panel 'Creating Condition's for Europe's GovTech Moment’ explored what needed to be done to allows Europe’s GovTech market to thrive. The panelists argued if and how current procurement regulations were impeding innovation and how government should help startups in the role of contracting authority develop new digital tools for the administration.
Polyteia founder shares panel with Serbian Prime Minister at GovTech Summit in Paris
On the panel as well as in other formats of the summit, an emphasis was put on Europe’s potential strength as a diverse market to test and sell products. With a vast number of federal, state and regional government authorities, startups would find a broad spectrum of use cases and potential customers. In the building’s foyer, several companies and initiatives from different countries used the Summit as an opportunity to showcase their products or ideas.