Startup in Residence program expands national cohort

SmartCitiesDive

The Startup in Residence (STIR) program has expanded to 31 governments or agencies for the 2019 cohort, according to StateScoop and others. The program pairs global startup companies with local governments in North America to use technology to solve some of the problems that cities face.
For the first time a state, Pennsylvania, is included among the participants. The cities participating are: San Francisco; Boulder, CO; Las Vegas; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles; Memphis, TN; Mobile, AL; Montreal; Portland, OR; San Jose, CA; Fremont, CA; Norfolk, VA; Napa, CA; and Edmonton, Alberta.
STIR announced earlier this year that it intends to expand to 100 participants, which it anticipates will happen within five years.


Startup in Residence expands to 31 cities and states for 2019

StateScoop

The Startup in Residence program that pairs startups with local governments announced an expansion to 31 cities, regions, states and regional transit agencies on Wednesday, signaling the next step in its quest to reach 100 cities and communities in the next five years.

The program, also known as STIR, was formerly led from the San Francisco’s Mayor’s Office of Innovation, and has since grown into a national platform for cities to partner with startups to solve civic challenges with new technologies.


Southern Nevada agencies added to Startup in Residence program

Las Vegas Review Journal

Startups from all over the country might be able to work with government agencies in Southern Nevada on areas such as transportation and public safety.

Henderson, Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada were among 31 agencies chosen for a program developed by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation.

The 2019 Startup in Residence program will connect the agencies with startups to solve problems such as transportation, according to Laura Fucci, the chief information officer for Henderson. She said she hopes this program will position the city as a destination for technology companies.

“If we can have more technology companies in our community, it feeds into economic development, it feeds into jobs, it makes our city more vibrant,” she said.

The RTC of Southern Nevada is looking at addressing challenges in areas such as interactions among vehicles and pedestrians, fixed routes — such as a bus system — and paratransit systems, which transport people with disabilities.


Through Startup in Residence, Napa Wants to Personalize the Tourism Experience

GovTech

Plenty of people already visit California's Napa Valley, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. They come for the wine. They come for the food. They come for the scenery.

But the city wants to add a little layer on top of all that: a tech-enabled, personalized experience much like what the tech giants of San Francisco and Silicon Valley have already made commonplace in visitors’ lives.

That’s the idea the city is carrying with it as it participates in Startup in Residence (STiR) — a program that pairs up startups with governments to come up with new solutions to problems — for the first time. Peter Pirnejad, Napa’s assistant city manager, said the goal is to promote tourism anchored within the city of Napa, specifically.


Norfolk joins national Startup in Residence program

WAVY (T.V. website)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) -- The City of Norfolk is participating in the national Startup in Residence program, which connects government agencies with startups to find technological solutions to challenges cities face.

Mayor Kenny Alexander made the announcement on Wednesday.

"Startup in Residence is another tool to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and develop creative solutions to our challenges in Norfolk," Alexander said.

The program, which started in 2014 in San Francisco, runs 16 weeks. Past projects included streamlining the process of foster care, putting smart sensors on trash cans and improving health services for the homeless.


A residency for tech start-ups in YEG

Edmonton AM (radio program)

The city is looking to use the brain power of tech startups to solve civic challenges. We'll find out more about a residency program from San Francisco that's launching here.


San Francisco’s trash gets help from tech

SF Examiner

The plaza in front of the Ferry Building was packed last Sunday. Unfortunately, so were the public trash cans lining the Embarcadero. Coffee cups overflowed into the street. Bags and boxes of garbage, potentially illegally dumped, slumped against the bins’ sides.

In a City working to clean up its streets and reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfills these uncontained heaps are an unwelcome occurrence. In addition to making our sidewalks dirty and unattractive, improperly disposed garbage increases pests and the need for City resources.

But tech companies – also sometimes considered an unwelcome occurrence in San Francisco – may offer a solution.


City of Boulder rejoins Startup in Residence program

BizWest

BOULDER — The city of Boulder is joining the national Startup in Residence program this year, after a successful experience in 2017.

Startup in Residence is a 16-week program that connects startups and government to work together. The program started as a pilot in 2014 in San Francisco, but has since expanded to cities like Houston and Washington D.C.

“We are very excited to be a part of the 2019 cohort,” Julia Richman, chief innovation and technology officer for the city of Boulder, said in a prepared statement. “We learned a lot participating in 2017, helping us make this years’ experience even better. The Startup in Residence program is a great way for us to move toward real solutions addressing our city’s key needs and challenges, while at the same time honing our ability to engage and partner with the incredible innovators in the startup community here in Boulder and nationally.”

Since the program started, 44 startups from around the world have joined government departments, sharing technological solutions addressing civic challenges.

Any startups interested in joining Boulder’s Startup in Residence can register online. The companies will be notified when the city challenges are made public and the application process opens, which is expected to be Sept. 25.