A gateway to civic empowerment
CIVA tapped into Northeastern’s network of experts and students for help in design, data architecture, and more.
CIVA is developing a civic intelligence platform that leverages citizen actions to develop more inclusive and sustainable cities. Through public-private cooperation, their platform captures vital civic intelligence data to help municipalities and governing agencies modernize and strengthen public service delivery.
CIVA leveraged the Roux Institute’s resources by seeking data architecture advising from Scott Valcourt at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. The team also worked with a legal fellow and received support from the Roux entrepreneurship team’s business and design co-ops. In early 2023, CIVA was able to hire a Northeastern student in a part-time role – a connection that was enabled by their participation in the Founder Residency.
In 2023, CIVA will close its $500k pre-seed round, which will create incredible opportunities for the team to grow during the next few years. CIVA will transition their platform from web to a mobile app, making it more user-friendly and creating better engagement options for users. They’ll also seek to expand their reach to more Maine-based organizations to assist in social impact efforts, offering their platform as a government relations management software to help streamline advocacy efforts.
“Joining the Roux Institute has allowed us to gain a deeper understanding of the start-up journey and assisted us with developing the foundation of our start-up ecosystem.” ”
Ackeem Evans, CEO