Navigating today’s legislative landscape is time consuming and confusing even for the most experienced. Imagine though if legislative research could be accessible, clear, and actionable, not to mention; less expensive and collaborative. That’s exactly the mission of Civic Eagle. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the tech startup’s SaaS platform uses artificial intelligence to offer enterprise and nonprofit organizations with federal and state level legislative workflow tools.
WillowWorks met Civic Eagle at Backstage Capital’s Investor Day in San Francisco. After an initial introduction to Co-founder and CEO, Damola Ogundipe, WillowWorks was impressed by the capabilities of the Enview platform. The two companies began discussing how they might strategically work together.
By removing the complexities of legislative research, Civic Eagle aims to increase civic engagement and political empowerment. Ogundipe states, "We want to make all the world's political and legislative information accessible and understandable to anybody."
"This is a big idea that serves a $2.5B market. The business model is clearly focused on expanding both the product and customer base. We also appreciate the practical use of machine learning technologies that organize and structure broadly inconsistent legislative sources to best serve their users. We are enthusiastic to be part of the Civic Eagle journey.”
John Choi - General Manager, WillowWorks
The platform makes discovery easy with search and filtering functions, and smart recommendations for bills users may be interested in following.
By using a customizable tagging and annotation system, it keeps users abreast of any updates to bills that they care about.
Users are also able to share information about legislation with colleagues and allies through notes within the platform.
Melinda Gloriosa, Program Manager of WillowWorks states, “It was very apparent after meeting with Damola that he had the type of grit we look for in a founder. Even before he was able to personally vote in this country, he was working toward increasing awareness and participation in the political process. That type of passion really resonated, and I look forward to seeing those characteristics propel Civic Eagle to the next level.”
The investment will support Civic Eagle’s growth plan for adding necessary talent and resources to the team currently comprised of; brilliant technologists, data scientists, and award-winning designer. The team’s rich experience in governmental affairs, lobbying, and policy analysis will be well complimented by these new additions.
Meet The Founding Team
CEO & Co-founder
Damola has used his experience as an innovator and passion for social impact and technology to bring together a team of diverse founders to start Civic Eagle. He’s a 2017 Google Entrepreneur in Residence, 2017 Minnesota Business Magazine 35 under 35, and 2016 Minneapolis and St. Paul 100 People to Know.
Chief Product Officer & Co-founder
Yemi Adewunmi is our Chief Product Officer and is a former policy analyst for the New York State Legislature. A public policy nerd and self-taught UX/UI designer, she’s become driven by the intersection of social impact and innovation. Yemi combines her knowledge of government with her eye for design.
Head of Strategy & Co-founder
Shawntera serves as the VP of Strategy and Partnerships for Civic Eagle. She has also served as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Shawntera has over 20 years of experience as a public policy and urban planning professional.
Lead Engineer & Co-founder
Ken leads the technical side of product development. He’s an experienced software engineer and entrepreneur, having successfully exited from his first tech startup venture in 2014. He’s also led community initiatives and combines his passion for social impact with his technical and entrepreneurial skills.