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SGO invests in companies that are developing innovative solutions to some of the more pressing issues of our time. Companies made up of both dreamers and doers who work together to bring vision to reality. The types of ventures we support can be grouped into four main themes.

Democracy and citizen participation

Democracy and citizen participation

Smartmatic has electronically counted over 3,7 billion votes in thousands of elections
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Governance

Governance

Governments are well behind the private sector in terms of the use of technology solutions
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Identity and Privacy

Identity and Privacy

As the world moves online, issues of privacy and proving identity become central to the relationship between citizens
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Climate and clean air

Climate and clean air

Air pollution in many cities across the world is now at levels that puts their citizen’s health significantly at risk
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Democracy and citizen participation

Democracy and citizen participation

Smartmatic

Smartmatic has helped hundreds of millions of voters cast over 3.7 billion ballots in election projects around the world.

Better use of technology in voting systems increases not only the transparency, efficiency and integrity of an election but also makes voting more accessible, allowing societies to reverse declining trends in turnout and citizen participation.

Smartmatic works with election commissions to make each stage of the process more efficient and transparent. Its comprehensive portfolio comprises voter management, polling place voting solutions, remote voting solutions and election management platforms.

What makes Smartmatic’s election work unique is the quality of process and service on the ground, in polling stations and election commission offices, which ensures that what is often a new system can win the confidence of all stakeholders in the election - from the voter themselves, to international observers, to even the losing parties in the election.

Smartmatic custom-builds technological solutions to support electoral process, so its customers can serve citizens in ways consistent with their requirements, their geographic, cultural and social needs and the surrounding legal framework.

For more information, visit www.smartmatic.com

eVote

At SGO, we’re convinced that the world is moving toward a more participatory model where there’s a continuous flow of opinions between people and the issues they care about. This can transform how societal challenges are addressed.

SGO has invested in eVote, a web and mobile voting platform developing the tools to enable a more fluid, transparent and efficient two-way communication on topics like news, politics and culture — designed to enable people and/or organizations to think, decide and act together.  

eVote’s feedback loop is designed to convert opinions into actions. The user-verified platform facilitates large private and public communities that will change the way the internet makes informed decisions.

For more information, visit www.evote.com

 

Climate and Clean Air

Climate and clean air

SGO has made strategic investments in two companies – Airlabs and Infuser– to tackle the problem of polluted air in cities, factories and work places.

Airlabs, a London-based company with an R&D center in Copenhagen, are pioneers in providing clean air to breathe in polluted cities. 

Their team of atmospheric chemists, airflow engineers and sensor specialists combine to understand air pollution, clean it and deliver that clean air for people to breathe.

Airlabs’ unique nano-filter technology effectively removes all pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide and can be used to provide clean air zones across a city – from inside buildings to outside spaces. 

For more information, visit https://www.airlabs.com/

Infuser is an atmospheric chemistry and engineering company that develops and implements technologies for the production, management and infusion of natural atmospheric gases with the objective of decontaminating air and water.

Infuser’s international team of scientists is based in Denmark and works in close collaboration with both industry and academia.

For more information, visit https://infuser.eu

Governance

Governance - SGO

A former European leader recently commented that ‘the challenge of western democracy is always presented as one of transparency and accountability; in fact, it is one of efficacy’. Our governments are simply not as effective as we wish. We believe that a large contributor to government inefficiency is poor use of technology.

In particular, there is a large missed opportunity in using the proliferation of data and information at all levels of government - both to cooperate better across departments and to centralise that data in a way that empowers the executive to make better decisions.

For the latter the ability to structure and aggregate data more effectively, rather than receiving a slew of reports and presentations, would provide an immensely powerful dashboard to manage government better.

Secondly, cross-ministry or departmental cooperation is often held back by concerns over data privacy and security. Our governments simply do not have the means to exchange information in a secure, transactional environment. Consider, for example, the process that takes place when different government departments request information from each other, regarding an individual citizen. In the absence of a secure query-based system for sharing information, departments end up either not sharing the information or sharing far too much, in an insecure manner, compromising the privacy of that individual and possibly others.

Our contributions and innovation in this area will be announced soon.

Identity and Privacy

Identity and Privacy

As commerce, communication and government services have increasingly moved online, issues of privacy and proving identity become central to the relationship between citizens.

Individuals must assert their identity when accounts are created, when they are accessed or when they are transacting. Yet each of these three processes can be inconveniencing to the individual and lead to unnecessary disclosure of personal information beyond what is needed to prove identity. Today significant fraud is prevalent, affecting consumers and businesses alike.

SGO has conducted extensive research and made significant investments to overcome this problem by providing users with a secure and trustworthy way to prove their identity online in a way that enables them protect third- party access to their personal, private information.

Our contributions and innovation in this area will be announced soon.