What is Ctzen?
Ctzen is a mobile app that allows citizens to send ticket issues to government, such as potholes, vandalism, crime, broken street lights, etc. We send all these reports to local governments or private companies in charge of the solution. We offer to these governments/private companies our management system, so they can manage, prioritize, and attend the citizens requirements without wasting money and time. Ctzen helps the government to become efficient, intelligent and trusted.
Our platform is totally dynamic. We use our Geographical Information Systems Expertise to develop the best solution ever created in city planning. We are introducing all citizens in the construction of their cities with a well-designed application, so they can in a matter of seconds, capture important information that will provide us the capacity of make better plans that will generate more impact in our cities. We unite the concept of online government with citizen participation in one dynamic platform. We can change all platform options between cities, so, the citizen will just have one app for all the world. We are unique.
Design + Strategy + GIS + Government + Citizens = Better cities.
What is your target market?
Our target market is all the local authorities in charge of solving incidents city; usually medium and large municipalities. We optimize its internal processes and grant the necessary tools to make a link with its inhabitants and efficiently manage the territory.
Why did you build Ctzen? What problem are you taking on?
Big cities from developed, like NYC, have their own systems to gather what’s happening on the streets. Cities on developing countries don’t. So, we built a Saas to bring them a tool, even better than those systems that cities like NYC use nowadays. We make government efficient, trusted and smarter.
How is your product different from what is currently available?
There is not 311 in developing countries. But what we have is even better than 311 from developed countries, because we use technology to have better information and to help government to take better decisions.
Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?
The government has been very neglected by entrepreneurs. In a world drastically changed by technology, the government is still using obsolete tools. We are very aware that politics, bureaucracy and corruption make this sector very risky. This is the main reason why few dare to change the paradigm. But, that is what entrepreneurship is about—trying to challenge the status quo to create solutions that really matter
Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.
I developed a government software that allowed government to be 600% more efficient in potholes fix on 2013. Medellín Government (2nd in Colombia) awarded me as Young Entrepreneur of Year on 2014. We get the award of Best Platform for Government in 2015 by National Government. And we are fellows of YC Fellowship 2.
Carlos Daniel Sanchez:
In my university i’m always using linux. This was a way problematic (except with java) when teachers only accept homework on windows! (and they love windows), so, This forced me to be very creative, using many cross-platform tools and making crazy hacks to make things works. I learned a lot of things in the process. I am happy do not to have used windows in university. I also have been working in a project that include energy generated by cars on the roads.