Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SF announces startups for new tech venture

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Six startups were announced last week to participate in a 16-week “entrepreneurship-in-residence” program run by The City that aims to help create solutions to “civic challenges.”

The program, much like a similar initiative at the White House, will pair the six companies with several city departments so they can further develop ideas meant to solve problems in government.

According to the program’s website, its aim is to help startups create technology and services that can “capitalize on the $140 plus billion public sector market” by giving the companies direct access to government needs, staff and expertise.

“San Francisco is home to the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries, and we are bringing those same disruptive technologies to improve delivery of city services for our residents,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement. “The entrepreneurship-in-residence program brings together government and startups to explore ways we can use technology to make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.”

Under the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation, 200 applicants competed to enter the program.

Birdi will work alongside the Department of Public Health on health issues. will work to improve navigation and location-based services at San Francisco International Airport. Synthicity and the Planning Department will work on planning and urban development tools.

BuildingEye will work with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to engage the public. ReGroup will work with the Department of Emergency Management to improve services. And MobilePD will work with the Police Department on public safety and civic engagement. 

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