It isn’t always the biggest, longest-standing or best-selling solutions on the market that will have the greatest impact on a given challenge. In fact, the best solutions may not yet even exist–that’s just the nature of technology.
If we want a more effective government, we need a more inclusive govtech system. And if we want a more inclusive system, we need to get to the root of what’s keeping innovators of all stripes out of government.
City Innovate exists to help emerging technology companies solve challenges in government, so governments don’t have to settle for solutions that don’t meet their needs, and startups can build technology for the public good...
We focus on driving innovation through four core initiatives:
Framework: STIR offers a framework for governments to solve challenges in collaboration with startups through a structured process that drives rapid innovation.
Technology: We developed the STIR Platform to enable governments and startups to connect and collaborate more effectively, driving innovation in the public sector at scale.
Guidance: With deep roots in both government and entrepreneurship, our team provides guidance and support to help private companies and government agencies navigate cultural differences, overcome procedural hurdles and achieve better outcomes, faster.
STIR begins as a special project within the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, founded by then ChiefInnovation Officer for San Francisco, Jay Nath.
City Innovate is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit on a mission to work with the public and private sector to address urban problems, founded by Kamran Saddique.
STIR receives a federal grant from the Department of Commerce to grow STIR regionally to Oakland, San Leandro, and West Sacramento.
To expand the impact of STIR further, City Innovate begins to co-manage STIR in partnership with the City of San Francisco. STIR launches in 13 cities this year.
STIR officially becomes part of City Innovate, creating opportunities to expand the program beyond California. 22 governments and 39 startups participate to address 43 challenges
To expand its impact internationally, City Innovate becomes a Public Benefit Corporation and builds a digital platform to bring challenge-based procurement to governments at scale
From our early days operating STIR as a government program through the City of San Francisco, to the founding of City Innovate as a non-profit, to today, we have always sought to empower cities, bring innovation to government and put the best technology to work for the public good.
Our decision to become a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) means we can scale our impact further to help more communities in the United States and beyond. As a PBC we’re able to build a sustainable business and attract the best talent to help us achieve our goals, all while keeping our values at the center of everything we do.
Operating as a Public Benefit Corporation, it is in our mandate to make a positive impact through our work. This means that our mission to use technology for the public good can–and in fact must–be a priority when making decisions for our business. Thanks to all of the forward-thinking governments and startups we work with, we’re well on our way.