Startup In Residence Program

BC Startup In Residence – STIR – Program Extended for a Second Year

Startup In Residence Program

The BC Startup in Residence – STIR – program brings the ideas and expertise of startup tech companies together with government business areas to co-develop technology solutions, improving services delivered to British Columbians.

Modeled after San Francisco’s successful Startup in Residence program, the B.C. Startup in Residence (STIR) program connects B.C. tech startups with provincial government business areas to collaboratively and iteratively develop technology-based solutions for public-sector challenges within a 16-week timeframe.

The selected startups participate in a paid development phase and product trial period, at which point each government business area has the option to enter into an ongoing contract for further development, access, or maintenance of the solution.

Last year’s BC Startup in Residence (STIR) pilot program was a resounding success, as six BC tech startups worked with the province to develop solutions to a number of government-related challenges.

With the posting of five projects to BC Bid, the Province has announced that they will be extending the program for another year. Once again, BC tech companies will have the opportunity to participate in a 16-week residency where they will gain insight into working with government and develop their own intellectual property, with the ability to sign multi-year contracts for further development, future license fees or maintenance work.

See below for a summary of current opportunities. The call for proposals will close on July 25, 2018.

Potential Projects

Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology – Department of Economic Development

The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is looking for a solution that can automatically index and tag content related to grants and funding so that users can find appropriate economic development funding options based on their needs.


Environmental Assessment Office

The Environmental Assessment Office is looking for a way to allow users to quickly and accurately identify topics mentioned in comments received by the public. The solution should allow users to visualize topics in a way that provides them with information they can use to support the environmental assessment process.


Ministry of Attorney General – Court Services Branch

The Ministry of Attorney General is looking to move its paper-based court interpreter scheduling and payment processes online. The solution will incorporate the existing directory of interpreters and enable clerks throughout the province to schedule and pay interpreters through an online system.


BC Public Service Agency – Provincial Employees Community Services Fund

The BC Public Service Agency needs a modern, online tool that will allow public servants to donate to registered charities through payroll deductions and other methods.


Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation – Deputy Minister’s Office

The Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is looking for ways to streamline its analysis of Crown land parcels under consideration for inclusion in negotiations throughout the province.



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