San Francisco Tasks Start-Ups With Solving Public Sector Issues
The city’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program supports those who feel they can tackle issues like education and energy.
San Francisco’s Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program will support startups and entrepreneurs who feel that they can tackle public issues like education and energy. Participants receive access to coworking space, mentorship from senior public sector leaders, workshops and training.
San Francisco is the first city to launch this type of program, marking how technology can solve urban issues and how innovative companies can work hand-in-hand with the government. The EIR program, which is offered by the Mayor’s Office, will select talented teams and help them develop technology-enabled products and services that can capitalize on the over $140 billion public sector market.
They will be provided with direct access to government needs and opportunities, staff, their expertise and their pain points. The entrepreneurial products or services being developed should drive significant impact such as increased revenue, enhanced productivity or meaningful cost savings.
The program aims to drive innovative solutions in areas such as data, mobile and cloud services, healthcare, education, transportation, energy and infrastructure. Three to five teams will be selected for the program, which lasts 16 weeks from mid-October until mid-February 2014.