Startup in Residence supports City Departments by leveraging partnerships to build City capacity.

Startup in Residence (STIR) connects government agencies with startups to develop technology products that help make government more collaborative, inventive, and responsive. Over 16 weeks, City agencies and startups work together to co-develop custom solutions that address real civic challenges. 


Learn more about the STIR program here. 


City agencies have the opportunity to co-develop customized solutions that meet the specific needs of their department.

Startups gain real insights by working closely with government clients to understand their needs and develop market ready solutions during the 16 week residency.

STIR’s expedited procurement process allows interested cities to contract startups after the 16 week residency.

New technology  solutions help city agencies more effectively serve their communities. 

Program Timeline



Selection + Pre-Work



STIR Residency



Demo Day


JUNE onwards

Contract negotiations

History of STIR

Local governments are tasked with tackling challenges from public health and safety to urban planning, but far too often, their technology and processes lag behind the private sector. There is a growing market for products and services designed to meet the needs of government customers.

To bridge the gap between startups and government, our office created the Startup in Residence program. The program began as a pilot initiative, Entrepreneurship in Residence, in 2014. The following year, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a three-year grant to scale Startup in Residence in four Bay Area cities: Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro, and West Sacramento.

In 2018, the program partnered with the City Innovate Foundation to expand to 11 cities across the United States. To date, the program has worked with nearly 30 startups.