With its 20th group of companies, the Silicon Valley accelerator 500 Startups is diving into gov tech companies.
The accelerator has taken on six government-facing companies in its January-May program out of a total of 44 in the cohort. That’s something of a departure for the accelerator, which has recently focused on business-to-business, health, financial, and fashion and beauty companies.
The government-relevant companies in Batch 20 are:
- GovList, which streamlines the government procurement process. Government Technology included this company on its 2017 GovTech 100 list.
- Numina, which seeks to offer cities real-time data from the streets.
- Raxar Technology Corp., which makes the asset and data management platform GRAiT.
- Text to Ticket, which pays people to submit videos of people texting while driving and then delivers that footage to law enforcement.
- UrbanLoqiq, a machine-learning powered data analytics platform with an emphasis on economic development and transportation.
- VisaBot, which helps fill out forms and complete immigration application processes.