Can Your Big Data Startup Help the Government?

Adam Rowe

Government-focused accelerator program Dcode42 has officially opened it's Fall 2016 applications. This cycle, the program is specifically seeking companies that work in the Big Data and analytics space.

Any analytics or big data startup will be well poised through the Dcode42 program: The US government is the largest consumer of products and services in the world and the proud owner of a tidy $79 billion IT budget.

The deadline to apply is September 2. Check out Dcode42's site for the details.

“The government amasses tremendous amounts of highly valuable data, but it needs better tools to be able to make use of that information,” said Meagan Metzger, Dcode42 founder in the press release. “Data is an on-going discussion in our conversations with agencies like NGA and DHS. They want and need data analytics to help them gather meaningful insights. Those insights could help prevent terrorist attacks, predict deadly outbreaks, and better serve our veterans, just to name a few, and innovations coming out of the private sector can help agencies do exactly that.”

The next class’s focus aligns with a number of initiatives coming out of the government recently: Both the White House’s Big Data Research and Development Plan and The Opportunity Project encourage the development of a national Big Data ecosystem to solve critical challenges faced by federal, state, and local governments.

Any big data startup accepted into Dcode42’s six-month program will receive concentrated guidance in crucial aspects of entering the federal market, including expert-led classes, access to specialist mentors, exposure to an extensive partner network, and the opportunity to present in front of key government and industry leaders as well as investors. Participants of previous cohorts have briefed over 200 federal stakeholders and potential partners.

The program has two tracks for companies of different sizes: the startups track, for companies with under $14M in revenue and/or funding, and the emerging growth track, for companies with $14-100M in revenue and/or funding.

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Adam is a writer at and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for the last decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry (and Digital Book World 2018 award finalist) and has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect. When not glued to TechMeme, he loves obsessing over 1970s sci-fi art.

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