The Startup in Residence program begins with outreach to the people that know the challenges and opportunities best, City Department and Agency staff. The two-pronged approach includes both e-mail outreach to department heads, program staff and analysts, as well as a web-based intake form. Departments and Agencies submit their ideas over a period of 1 month and work closely with the STIR team to clearly state their challenge during a challenge scoping session hosted by the STIR team.
Once the project partnership is confirmed, participating Departments and Startups use STIR resources such as scoping documents, templates, and in-person workshops to ensure that the project can be completed within 16 weeks. At a foundational level, the scoping process includes the following design principles: