• Q. Why should I apply?

    A. STIR is the first program of its kind that allows startups to work with government agencies to build, refine and/or co-develop products that address critical and meaningful civic challenges.

    The 16 week STIR residency also includes:

    Training and Tools

    STIR teams participate in a unique training program and learn from STIR ambassadors and strategic partners. The educational program provides technology startups and entrepreneurs working with government a foundational understanding of public sector context, contracting and procurement processes.


    We are fortunate to have incredible mentors and ambassadors that help guide our teams towards success. Refine and practice your pitch, demo your product with experts and leaders in government, business, investors, community and media.


    Government agencies and startups who participate in STIR will gain access to the STIR network – platform for learning, sharing, and exchanging ideas among the partners and startups. Startups can access our learning libraries, to learn about government contracting, procurement, and sharing how products are co-developed. Government staff can access our skill shares, that include learnings about agile development, user centered design, and many other skill-share resources. This platform for collaboration, convening and communication makes STIR the leading model of civic innovation at the local level.

  • Q. What is the program timeline?

    A. Applications are open for government agencies to participate in the next program.  Applications for startups open in the fall.  

    Application Review Process and Selection: July 3 is the deadline for government applications.  Startup applications are open from August – October.

    Startup and Government Teams Kick Off Program: January 2019

    Program Ends: May 2019


  • Q. Which government agencies participate?

    A.  In 2018, STIR partnered with the government agencies across the Bay Area and nationally, including Washington DC and Houston.  We work with cities, like San Francisco, counties, such as Miami-Dade County, and other government agencies, such as a the Municipal Transportation Agency.

  • Q. How is STIR different than a government contract?

    A. STIR is a program opportunity to test ideas and develop new technology products and services. It is not a substitute for a contract to sell an existing product or service to government. Startups selected by the government partner have the possibility to enter into a paid contract with the sponsoring agency. Startups selected by regional partners will also have the option to enter into a paid contract, at the discretion of the sponsoring agency.

  • Q. What is the duration of the program? What happens after?

    A. STIR is a 16-week program followed by Demo Day and other opportunities regionally and nationally to share the work. For more information about post-program opportunities and options to continue to work with your city please refer to the city participation requirements. Startups selected have the possibility to enter into a paid contract with the sponsoring agency, which takes additional time post residency.

  • Q. Where do startups work? Is office space provided?

    A. Startups can work from their offices or can arrange to work alongside their government partner.  Startups also have the ability to work or meet in WeWorks in participating STIR areas.

  • Q. How often do I need to work in-person with the City?

    A. Schedules will be agreed upon with your partnering department, but at least 1 person from your team must be available in person twice during the residency to meet with your government partner.

  • Q. Can I partner with multiple cities?

    A. Yes.  In 2018, we had one startup that worked with three government agencies.