STIR is a digital platform and community that connects the world’s most innovative tech companies with government institutions to solve challenges together.
• 30+ cities, counties, and states have used STIR to procure technology solutions
• 1000+ startups have applied to STIR
• 100+ challenges have been addressed through STIR
• Millions of people benefit daily from solutions created through STIR
Challenge-based procurement is a type of Request for Proposal (RFP) that does not specify all the details of a product or service as in a traditional RFP, but instead describes the desired outcome for the solicitation. Additionally, selected vendors are invited to demonstrate or prototype their solution before an award is issued.
STIR is a cohort-based digital platform that enables government to identify improvement projects, issue solicitations, and find technology solutions in a fraction of the time of traditional procurement.
Instead of choosing from a limited selection of legacy solutions, you can collaborate with small businesses to develop or customize new tools and processes that truly meet your needs.
Review applications, create a scope of work, and collaborate with innovators–all in one place. STIR makes the process of finding technology solutions for any government department seamless, so you can solve more problems with the resources you already have.
Rapidly Address Problems: Go from idea to contract in months not years through our rapid RFP process. 80% of our government-startup partners result in a contract–often at a significant discount.
Find the Best Solutions: STIR unlocks creativity and innovation by focusing on outcomes, not prescriptive requirements. Attract different solutions from different types of companies, instead of the same legacy solutions from the same companies.
Reduce Risk: Develop or test a solution in collaboration with a technology partner and only buy the product if you’re certain it will meet your needs. Never waste taxpayer funds on solutions that don’t meet your needs.
Challenge Sourcing: Collect ideas for challenges from across departments and manage them through a visual drag-and-drop pipeline.
Identify Projects: Department staff turn ideas into challenge statements through a guided and structured process. Create an open-ended solicitation instead of detailing solution requirements.
Publish Projects: Department staff review and publish legally compliant solicitations to our startup-friendly platform. Submit as many projects as your team can manage.
Solicitation: City Innovate actively markets your challenge to startups around the world and in your community through a network of 200+ partners reaching hundreds of thousands of innovators.
Proposals: Startups respond to your challenges and easily submit standardized 1-2 page proposals online.
Review Proposals: Department staff review proposals and select the best candidates to interview.
Scope of Work: Select a winning candidate to partner with and create a scope of work to co-develop and test a solution.
16-Week Collaboration: STIR’s structured model facilitates government-startup collaboration on user research, design, build, and testing. Get training and support from City Innovative just when you need it.
Contract: Successful projects that complete the scope of work result in a contract.
Chief Procurement Officer
City of Norfolk VA
Chair of Governing Board, NIGP
Economic Development: STIR startups have raised more than $250M in investments, created thousands of jobs and have had three acquisitions. Send a powerful signal that your government is serious about helping entrepreneurs.
Education and Training: Put on-demand design thinking and project management training into practice and give staff hands-on experience with innovative strategies. Work in partnership with innovators to experience agile and iterative approaches to problem solving.
Inclusive Process: Level the playing field by streamlining procurement to attract under-represented innovators. More than 50% of STIR startups receiving contracts are from under-represented communities.
Thought Leadership: Governments are frequently featured in local and national media outlets for their innovative work through STIR. We give our partners a national stage to share and learn at our annual summit.
Senior Transportation Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Fremont CA