Getting a Government Contract Can be Simple

Bypass the ambiguity of working with government and get a foot in the door with a customer who is invested in your success.

STIR improves access for doing business with government by making it easier for startups and innovators to find project opportunities and win government contracts.

Whether you have zero or 200  government customers, startups at any stage can apply.

Our government partners are looking for solutions in:

Digital Services

Citizen Engagement

Smart Cities


Your Industry

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Nearly 80% of startups secure a contract

Startups at all stages, from pre-launch to Series D, use STIR to develop innovative solutions for the public good.

• Get deep insight into government needs and get to product-market fit faster
• Secure a government contract designed for innovators
• Work with governments in North America from anywhere in the world

How it Works


Challenge Sourcing

Governments identify challenges and solicitsolutions through the STIR digital platform.



Startups review opportunities and submit short, 1-2 page proposals to one or more challenges.



Governments review applications and interview top candidates then select one startup to partner with.


Scope of Work

Governments and startups team up to co-develop a scope of work with objectives for the collaboration period.


Collaboration Period

Vendors selected will collaborate with their government partner to create a structured roadmap to carry out user research, design, build, and testing over a 16 week demonstration period.



Projects are expected to go to contract if the objectives of the scope of work are met and if there is a positive working relationship between team members.

Anders Engdal

CEO Nordsense

"Hands down CI is the best way to work with governments. Not only did we close our first contract in North America but the introduction and referral was essential for us to win our implementation with a great city like San Francisco."

Ido Ivri

CTO & Co-Founder, ZenCity

“As a growing startup, we're always on the lookout for investment. Part of our appeal to investors was our work with San Francisco through CI and the potential it has for other cities.”

Piyush Hari

CEO/Founder, Dilli Labs

"As a small startup, it would be hard to gain a city’s interest, let alone have them interview us. ThroughSTIR, we got a chance to apply to and be interviewed and eventually selected by a city. Everything was well organized from the application phase to interview phase to announcing the final selections.The assistance rendered during and post residency by STIR was also helpful."

Ron Bouganim

Managing Partner, Govtech Fund

“STIR makes my job as an investor easier. I know STIR graduates have engaged in deep customer discovery, built a great product solving a real government need and achieved the ultimate validation: securing a contract.”

By The Numbers


of startup company founders are women or people of color


raised by our startups


in technology spend byour governments

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