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Brandon Gumm3/21/24 12:58 PM

Qwally selected as finalist for the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest

Qwally chosen from 40 applicants to pitch its innovative Business Engagement Platform to an industry panel in Kansas City.

Golden, CO - March 21, 2024 - Qwally, the leading developer of inclusive business engagement software, is thrilled to announce its selection as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2024 Government Innovation Challenge and Pitchfest. The event, organized by CivStart in collaboration with five participating municipalities, including Miami-Dade County, Los Altos Hills CA, Richmond VA, Arlington VA, and Houston TX, will be held at the Town Square Room in the Kauffman Foundation Building in Kansas City, MO on April 30th, 2024.

Out of a pool of over 40 applicants, Qwally has been chosen for its groundbreaking approach to addressing critical issues faced by local governments and residents. The 2024 Challenge & Pitchfest aims to foster innovation, collaboration, and the sharing of impactful solutions within local communities.

As a finalist, Chris Offensend, Qwally's Founder and CEO, will present its solution to a panel of city leaders and industry experts during the event. The agenda includes a panel discussion with city leaders, followed by startup pitches, a networking reception, and the announcement of the winner.


"We have been making business engagement more inclusive and accessible with our government partners for nearly 5 years," said Chris Offensend, Founder and CEO of Qwally. "This opportunity demonstrates our incredible progress in providing government with powerful tools that streamle assistance for their emerging, small, and disadvantaged business communities."


The event is open to the public and free to attend, but space is limited. Interested individuals are encouraged to reserve their spot by registering on the CivStart website or register here.

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact:

Brandon Gumm, Vice President of Revenue
Qwally | (989) 954-0694


About Qwally:
Qwally is an industry-leading developer of business engagement software. Qwally Business Engagement Platform helps government and support organizations manage more requests, automate assistance, and track results, while local entrepreneurs get curated tools that help them start and grow. With user-friendly, configurable solutions, Qwally enables more wonderfully vibrant business communities through an approachable platform.


About CivStart:
CivStart is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering innovation and collaboration within local government ecosystems. Through events, programs, and partnerships, CivStart empowers local leaders and startups to drive positive change in their communities.


About the National League of Cities (NLC):
The National League of Cities is the voice of America's cities, towns, and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy, and drive innovative solutions to create more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities.


About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation:
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that seeks to build inclusive prosperity through a prepared workforce and entrepreneurship. Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, MO, and has approximately $3 billion in assets.


Brandon Gumm

Brandon leads sales, marketing, and customer success at Qwally, an industry-leading developer of business engagement software for local governments and support organizations. If you are a local government or support organization working with entrepreneurs and small businesses, please reach out!