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GovTecHH is the first point of contact for startups that would like to work with Hamburg's local government. As a venture client unit in Hamburg, GovTecHH is tasked with identifying the challenges and needs of authorities, districts and state organisations. It then looks for suitable startup solutions to these issues. GovTecHH selects suitable partners based on clear criteria, remains on hand throughout the entire co-operation and helps the respective departments to execute their pilot projects.

Get to know GovTecHH

Paulo Kalkhake, Project Lead of GovTecHH, explains how the City of Hamburg is strengthening its collaboration with startups and what innovative solutions are being sought in the public sector.

Does your startup offer innovative solutions for digitising Hamburg's local government? Then let's get started! Please go ahead and present your startup here.


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  • Flora Geske

    CEO of SUMM AI GmbH

    “GovTecHH was the ideal "foot in the door" for us as a young tech startup to gain our first major client in the public sector. The quick referral to a user with real interest in our solution and the effective communication all around was particularly cool. That enabled our AI-based plain language tool to be deployed for in record time!”
    Flora Geske, CEO of SUMM AI GmbH
    © Summ AI GmbH
  • Sascha Soyk

    CEO GovRadar

    “GovTecHH was an important accelerator for us as a startup to build a resilient partnership with the Hamburg administration. Thanks to the Venture Client Unit, Hamburg now has an efficient solution for the automated creation of tender documents.”
    CEO GovRadar
    © GovRadar

What is Government Technology?

Government Technology (GovTech) stands for new technologies that focus on modernising government services and administrative procedures. GovTech uses startups’ solutions and innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence to digitalise government services and make the public administration more efficient.

What GovTecHH has to offer

GovTecHH is constantly identifying problems in Hamburg's public authorities, district offices and state enterprises. At the same time, GovTecHH looks for suitable startup solutions on the market and evaluates them based on clear criteria. If your startup solution can solve a specific problem in Hamburg's local government, GovTecHH will put you in contact with the relevant departments and help you implement it.

During an initial pilot project, your startup solution will be tested for use in Hamburg’s local government. Does the pilot sound convincing? Then your startup solution may have the potential to scale up and could be used in other parts of Hamburg's local government.


  • State Councilor Jan Pörksen

    Head of the Senate Chancellery

    “Startups frequently offer swift and efficient solutions, but ones that are still disregarded. We want to change that via the GovTecHH project.”
    State Councilor Jan Pörksen
    © Senatskanzlei / Daniel Reinhardt
  • Christian Pfromm

    Chief Digital Officer and Head of the Office for IT and Digitalization

    “Collaborating with young companies gives the public administration an opportunity to leverage potential and to accelerate digital and cultural change. GovTecHH strengthens this cooperation and benefits the digitalization of Hamburg's administration.”
    Christian Pfromm, Chief Digital Officer and Head of the Office for IT and Digitalization
    © Senatskanzlei / Claudia Hoehne

Startups drive innovations

Paulo Kalkhake, Project Manager GovTecHH
© Marie Sophie Bekker

Administration as a customer?

Startups and cooperation partners that require further information or have other queries should contact:

Paulo Kalkhake
Project Manager GovTecHH