Gerrit Richter (Co-Founder) and Janina Mütze (Co-Founder) Nils Lucas


Empower Everyone to Know the World’s Intention

Software as a Service
Founded in 2015
50 employees
Funding: €6M
Stage: Series A

Civey stands for reliable data. We founded Civey because we were annoyed at making bad decisions based on assumptions or bad data. We want to empower everyone to understand what people think and want, and to be able to take better decisions based on this information. Website
Highlight of the year: Launching a new user interface where live data is open for everyone.

Interview with Civey

What inspired you to found your startup?

The problem we solved is that of access to reliable data. If you look at traditional ways of finding out about peoples thoughts and behaviour, both opinion research and big data approaches have problems when it comes to really understanding what’s going on now and in the future.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

We realized that many industries have forgotten about just asking. In many proven cases, this is more valid data, as compared with behavioural data. This is why we automated the entire value chain of market research, and developed a platform where people can give, share, and see opinions.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

We truly believe that we need to reshape interactions between people in society to make sure that decisions being made are the best for everyone. Every step that we do in our company to fulfill this vision is the right one.

What do you want to achieve next year?

With more than 6.3M registered users, we are the most active user platform for opinion data and we are successful in Germany. We want to apply this success to other markets next year.

Why do people want to work at your company?

People know us for disrupting an old industry, and for finding a new approach in dealing with democracy and data. This has encouraged very smart people with ideas to join Civey.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

We’ve grown very quickly from 0 to 50 people in three years. We have disrupted the methods of an industry that still acts the same way it did decades ago. We’ve convinced more than 6.3 million registered users that it’s time to make their voice heard and to use the impact they have with Civey.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

Our team, that has made an insane idea work out

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

We will be the leading international platform for opinion data in the world.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Berlin provides a great ecosystem for young entrepreneurs, and it keeps growing with them. The ecosystem has become much more adult than it was a couple of years ago, in terms of the size of startups, funds, and people

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

There is still room from growth and becoming more international to provide startups a good ecosystem even in later stage

Civey was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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