UK firm Huddle has made its first inroads into the US government, with its collaboration software purchased by divisions of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Huddle has taken the UK government by storm, with the provider holding the highest proportion of sales to the public sector under the G-Cloud programme, representing 89 percent of total spend.
Huddle chief executive Alastair Mitchell told V3 the latest deals in the US underlined the strength of the firm's offerings for government agencies.
"The US government is the single biggest spender on IT globally and its defence departments have particularly big budgets. So we've entered the market in quite some style," said Mitchell.
The agreement Huddle has signed is with In-Q-Tel (IQT), and Mitchell said he could not disclose the value of the deal.
"The US government fund In-Q-Tel to bring in innovative technology to departments. In-Q-Tel was asked to find a collaborative solution for the US government and it chose Huddle," said Mitchell.
"Once you work with these guys, you get accredited by the rest of government."
Mitchell said Huddle was currently creating a version of its tool specific to the needs of the US agencies.
Last July, Huddle created a private cloud version of Huddle for the UK government, known as Huddle IL3, so that civil servants could connect Huddle to the Government Secure Network.
Huddle recently announced plans to rapidly expand its presence in the US, setting up a new base in New York to complement its offices in San Francisco.
The expansion follows Huddle's third round of venture funding in May of $24m from Jafco Ventures, with participation from DAG Ventures and existing investors Matrix Partners and Eden Ventures.
"Huddle is a US word. We knew from very early on that we wanted to move out there," Mitchell told V3.
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