Applications are now open! 

Following its success in the Bay Area, we are excited to expand the Startup in Residence (STIR) Network across North America to cities and government agencies who are interested in using technology to solve civic challenges and in spurring economic development by attracting startups to their hometowns.  

We encourage your city or government agency to join the STIR Network! 

To apply, click here.

For a detailed application overview, click here.  

Applications will close on September 15, 2017

As STIR grows from the Bay Area across North America, we look forward to you joining this dynamic network.  

All the best,

The STIR Team

STIR Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Cities, counties, states, and provinces in North America are eligible to apply for the 2018 STIR cohort.


What are criteria for a successful application?

Initial applications will be reviewed and evaluated against these five criteria:

  • Demonstrated support from city leadership
  • Dedicated resources: team, space, budget, partners
  • Proposed STIR Challenges
  • Commitment to streamlining procurement
  • Financial commitment to STIR Network

For further details, please see our Application Overview Deck.  


Are international cities and agencies eligible to apply?

Currently, STIR is only accepting applications from governments in North America.  Future rounds of STIR may extend to include other areas around the world.  If you are outside of North America but are interested in STIR, please send an email to


How many challenges/ideas can my city submit?

Cities may submit up to five civic challenge ideas.  STIR will work with selected cities to refine one to three civic challenges for the 2018 program.


How soon will I hear the decision on my city’s application?

The STIR Network will notify cities if they have been selected by the end of September 2017.



Quick Links


STIR Application Overview (ppt), includes: 

  • Program Timeline
  • Application Criteria Overview and Details 

STIR Network Overview Deck (ppt), includes:

  • STIR Vision and Mission 
  • Benefits of Joining STIR
  • Case Studies 

Sign-up for a Webinar

  • Learn about the STIR Application Criteria
  • Q & A with the STIR Team