Technology has been the biggest driver of productivity and innovation gains in many sectors – with government being a notable exception. The nascent govtech ecosystem lacks one critical element – access to the needs and insights of government. To bridge this gap, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation created the Startup in Residence (STIR) program.
Following the successful 2014 “Entrepreneurship in Residence” pilot initiative, in 2015 the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration awarded the City & County of San Francisco a 3 year grant to scale the Startup in Residence program to Oakland, San Leandro, and West Sacramento. In 2016, 14 startups worked with 13 departments in 4 cities.