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Enabling people to solve daily city issues by bridging the gap between citizens and government with a simple app.

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Gustavo Maia

Founder and CEO at Colab

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Employees 21–50
Headquarters Brazil
Colab is a civic engagement social network that enables citizens to connect with government and each other. It exists to improve the city-dweller's quality of life by enabling people to solve daily city issues, improve their relationships with legislators and participate in the decision-making process of local governments. Through the Colab website or mobile app, users can report issues where they live -- such as a pothole or broken street lamp -- suggest urban improvements, and rate public services. Colab also offers governments a SaaS platform for management and engagement tools. To date, over 500,000 people have used Colab in 150+ municipalities across Brazil, reporting more than 200,000 problems solved. In 2013, Colab received the Best Urban App of the World Award.
Colab is on a mission to empower citizens and the public administration to collaborate through digital technology in order to form a simpler and more transparent society. We are helping to build a society based on trust between citizens and government, where public management is fluid, efficient, connected and co-created and citizens can access public services on the palm of their hands.

Notable Achievements

  • Connected more than 1,000,000 users to over 100 city halls in Brazil.
  • Investors include Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), Luminate, EDP, Omidyar Network and more.

Currently Operating in Two Regions

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