STIR for Startups2circles

Who should join Startup in Residence?

Anyone with a passion for civic technology and the skills to build a prototype in 16 weeks. We work with startups and entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines:

  • Social enterprises who want to reach government customers
  • Web design and data analysis firms who want to learn about the gov tech industry and engage in public service
  • Entrepreneurs who want to launch a startup with a user tested product based on real market needs

What are the benefits?

  • Market insights: Startups witness firsthand the challenges faced by local governments, which are significant purchasers of technology goods and services.
  • Business opportunities: With personal connections and a prototype based on real user needs, startups have a head start for entering contract agreements with government customers.
  • Mentors and networks: Startups have access to office hours and mentor sessions with investors, founders, and designers who are leaders in the gov tech industry.

Participating in Startup in Residence does not guarantee a government contract. However, many startups have successfully entered contracts with their partners at the conclusion of the program. Read more on STIR Stories.

What are the expectations?

Startups must be able to meet with their city partner in person at several points during the program: scoping workshops, kickoff, discovery (e.g., user research and interviews), and Demo Day.

Startups must be willing to volunteer their time with their city partner, typically about one day a week. They are expected to be responsive to the needs of their city partners within the mutually agreed upon scope of work.

Startups must adhere to the Terms and Conditions outlined by their city. Startups are also expected to participate in educational and training sessions, such as office hours with mentors or check-in calls with the cohort.

Get involved!

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