Over on Github, Luke Fretwell asks: How do you define ‘civic startup?’

That finally gave me an excuse to share my working definition:

A civic startup is one whose primary aim is to address issues of public concern.

It’s a fairly broad view of the world, admittedly, but appropriate. Civic means a big tent.

To give credit where credit is due, the above is inspired and informed by Michael X. Delli Carpini’s succinct definition of the term civic engagement.

At Intellitics, we consider ourselves very much a civic startup.