CitizenLab is a Brussels-based social impact scale-up that aims to improve democracy for the digital era. The SaaS platform is already being used by 170 cities and municipalities in 15 different countries, facilitating two-way communication between local governments and its citizens. Since it was founded in 2015, CitizenLab gave 500.000 citizens a direct voice in local politics and got recognized as 'Best Social Impact Startup in Europe'. After recently having raised a significant funding round, CitizenLab is looking for mission-driven talent to join on its mission to have 2,5 million citizens actively participate via its e-democracy platforms in cities all over the world.
CitizenLab has just raised 2 million euros to accelerate the international roll-out of its citizen participation platform. These new funds will fuel the company’s international ambitions. CitizenLab’s aim is to help governments improve the efficiency and legitimacy of their decision-making by developing citizen participation. Since it was launched in 2015, the company has worked with over 100 cities and municipalities from Brussels to Vancouver. The investment round was led by Inventures, an impact VC fund. Cipal Schaubroeck, a Flemish IT company that aims to lead the way in digital transformation for governments, has also decided to invest in CitizenLab. The Brussels investment fund finance.brussels and the bank ING also made their contribution by means of a loan.