Many inside and outside of government are looking for the inspiring solutions that STIR delivers. Thus, STIR builds in moments for sharing and celebrating success, such as the program kick-off, social events, and the culmination of Demo Day. These moments give audiences within the city a chance to see innovation at work, which can begin to change culture and build support for STIR and other innovation programs.
Of course, these success stories are based on the hard work and impactful solutions that project teams co-develop over the course of 16 weeks. STIR concludes with startups training city staff and handing off their product, along with conversations about city partners entering into a contract with startups for continued use of the solution.