In an effort to foster collaboration and growth between the entrepreneur and technology communities, the City of San Antonio has created the CivTechSA Residency Program.
The CivTechSA Residency Program is a 16-week program where the City invites startups to solve civic challenges. A selection committee will choose three startups to embed inside of City Departments and collaborate closely with the City to build custom solutions for San Antonio.
The CivTechSA Residency Program is an open invitation to startups as defined in the application. This means startups that have been incorporated for less than 5 years with fewer than 10 employees and are actively working towards innovation, development, deployment, and the commercialization of new products and/or services driven by tech or intellectual property, and have less than $2 million run rate.
The City of San Antonio has worked diligently to streamline processes in order to work more closely with the entrepreneur and tech communities to ultimately grow San Antonio’s dynamic ecosystem.
The City has identified civic issues and put them into a Civic Problem Bank. Through rigorous scoring, the City then chose 7 Civic Challenges for the Residency Program.
Startups apply for a 16-week Residency solve 7 Civic Challenges from the City Problem Bank. Companies have until February 12, 2018 to submit their proposals.
The selected startups will work closely with the City, Geekdom, and CivTechSA throughout the duration of the Residency Program in order to have access to a rich community of like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors, ensuring the solutions are well-developed and on target with City needs.
At the end of the Residency, we’ll have a Demo Day to showcase the solutions the startups developed, highlighting all of their efforts, wherein the City departments will have the option to purchase the solutions.
In addition to the Residency Program, there will be a variety of opportunities for the entrepreneur community to get involved with CivTechSA, including capstone projects,
code-a-thons, workshops, etc.
Students will have access to the civic challenges via projects, competitions, workshops, and will get experience working on civic issues with the help of the entrepreneur and tech communities.
Students will work on civic challenges via pitch competitions, class projects, and engage with the City, CivTechSA, and our partners throughout the year.