A view from abroad on the emerging GovTech sector
Tuia Innovation principal Nick Gerritsen provided a keynote address at the GovTech Pioneers event in Vienna, Austria, during April.
Officials and technology leaders from a number of countries were present and actively involved in framing their interest in the emerging GovTech sector, enabling Nick to establish direct engagement with the new Austrian Digital Agency and senior representatives from the Polish and Chilean governments.
Start-up and scale-up companies from more than eight different European countries pitched during the event, covering aspects from cyber security to Artificial Intelligence (AI) document writing.
Nick says It's clear that the early stage New Zealand GovTech propositions have solid competition in this sector, observing that "our distance from the growing European node of activity is a disadvantage".
However, he feels that Tuia Innovation's presence and engagement at the event presented an opportunity to mitigate this distance issue.