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Boulder Joins ‘Startup in Residence’ Program, Seeks Private Sector Partners to Solve Civic Challenges

Boulder is one of 11 cities nationwide part of public-private partnership network working together to modernize government

The City of Boulder has joined a national program that connects government agencies with technology startup companies to address civic and administrative challenges.

The Startup in Residence program has achieved proven results by encouraging the creation of new technology solutions through public-private collaboration. Boulder is one of 11 cities nationwide that are part of the public-private partnership network working together to modernize government.

“Boulder is well known as a hub for innovation and technology – and we’re excited about this opportunity to partner with local startups to work on projects that have the potential to improve city operations, reduce costs and benefit our entire community,” said City of Boulder Innovation and Analytics Officer Julia Richman.

Startups, technology firms, teams or individuals are encouraged to apply to join the Startup in Residence program; applications are due Dec. 10, 2017 and can be submitted at

Over 16 weeks, the selected startups and City of Boulder staff will co-develop a solution for one of three challenges that can have a tangible impact on civic engagement and government service. The city has identified three civic challenges as potential projects:

  • Open data PDF converter — Develop software that can transform information from publicly available PDFs, located on city websites and other resources, into easily accessible open data.
  • Council correspondence process improvement — Improve the electronic City Council correspondence process to enhance responsiveness to residents.
  • Process automation for accounts payable — Help improve Boulder’s accounts payable system by developing a solution that enhances the city finance team’s ability to process tasks, and analyze spending information and other data.

The Startup in Residence program began as a pilot in 2014 in San Francisco and has expanded to other cities. “The Startup in Residence program began in San Francisco as an effort to tap into new ideas and utilize the talents of new partners to help solve the challenges facing our residents,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “We are proud that these 11 cities from across the country are embracing our commitment to innovate and modernize our government.”

For more information about Startup in Residence, Boulder’s civic challenges or to apply for a challenge, visit

Published: Nov. 22, 2017

Media Contacts:
Julia Richman, Innovation and Analytics Officer, 303-441-1936
Ben Irwin, Deputy Communication Director, 303-441-3155

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