Access Partnership partners with public innovation boutique StateUp

16 April 2021 2 min. read
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Digital innovation advisory StateUp has partnered with a public policy firm to provide support to businesses and public bodies during their digital transformations.

Access Partnership is one of the world’s leading public policy firms, dedicated to opening markets for technology. The company helps shape national, regional and international policies to enable technological development to drives growth. The firm’s team of more than 60 people across the globe features a mix policy and technical expertise to drive outcomes for clients operating at the intersection of technology, data and connectivity.

As Access Partnership expands its services in digital transformation, the firm has announced a new partnership with London based boutique consultancy StateUp. A specialist advisory firm focused on digital innovation with public purpose, StateUp works at the intersection of policy and digital technologies, providing policy advice and programme design, insights, training and evaluations to help organisations improve digital public services.

Access Partnership partners with public innovation boutique StateUp

Christopher Casarrubias, Principal of Emerging Markets at Access Partnership, commented on the partnership, “StateUp has deep expertise in innovation and counselling governments on digitalisation projects. Their technical expertise on technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data and on the governance and management issues around technology adoption make them an excellent partner.”

The global strategic alliance combines Access Partnership’s broad global expertise in tech policy with StateUp’s insights and advisory services on public sector innovation. As many organisations look to recover from the Covid-19 recession, the resulting collaboration will enable both organisations to scale to support the growing number of businesses and public bodies looking to gain greater efficiency and agility through digital transformation.

Working with clients in industries such as public and local government, technology, telecom, financial services, and SMEs, the two firms will offer joint counsel on policy and regulatory matters, general advocacy, public-purpose technology intelligence, programme design, and training.

Tanya Filer, Director of StateUp, said, "As the world transitions towards a period of recovery, there has never been a more critical moment for governments and industry to think holistically about technology policy and digital transformation. In combining Access Partnership's outstanding track record and contextual understanding of technology policy with StateUp’s expertise in public-purpose technology, we look forward to providing a unique and critical offering.”

The move will tap into a growing appetite in the public sector to build on its digitalisation efforts of the last year. As 2021 progresses, public digital service delivery will continue to change the way citizens interact with government, as more people are comfortable using digital. Where previously government was hesitant, thanks to its response to Covid-19, it now has many successful digital services from which to build.