Late Monday night the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, with support from the White House, kicked-off a new initiative aimed at reigniting the city’s faltering small business market. The new program, “invites entrepreneurs to develop technology-enabled products and services for government, the largest consumer of products and services in the nation”
It was Mayor Edwin M. Lee, who made the official announced last Friday introducing the San Francisco Entrepreneurship-in-Residence (EIR) program. “We need the top entrepreneurs to work with us on opportunities that are actual pain points and needs of government. San Francisco’s EIR program advances our role and vision as the Innovation Capital of the World,” said Mayor Ed Lee.
The program is inspired by President Obama’s call to action, “We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges.” San Francisco’s EIR program will select talented entrepreneurial teams and help them develop technology-enabled products and services that can capitalize on the $142 billion public sector market.
“Products and services that successfully solve issues faced by San Francisco can easily expand to addressing similar needs of other cities and states across the nation in addition to the private sector,” said Rahul Mewawalla, a senior executive with Nokia, NBC, GE, Comcast and Yahoo! and Fuse Corps executive fellow, who is leading the program. “We expect to drive significant innovation and growth in areas of pressing importance such as data, mobile and cloud services, healthcare, education, transportation, energy and infrastructure.”
The program plans to attract world-class entrepreneurs and technologists by providing them with direct access to government needs and opportunities, staff and their expertise, in addition to product development, ramp-up support, and insights into a gold mine of government problems and opportunities through the City and County of San Francisco.
“San Francisco’s program is one of the first EIR programs within government, which is, by far, the largest customer of products and services in the nation,” commented Jay Nath, San Francisco’s Chief Innovation Officer. “The entrepreneurial products and services developed through San Francisco’s EIR program should drive significant impact such as increased revenue, enhanced productivity or meaningful cost savings.”
San Francisco’s EIR program will offer selected teams mentorship from senior public leaders across the Mayor’s office and San Francisco departments and from private sector leaders with experience at companies such as McKinsey & Company, General Electric, Yahoo!, Nokia, NBC Universal, and Goldman Sachs.
The program expects to select 3 to 5 teams and announce the selected teams in early October, during San Francisco’s Innovation Month. The program will run 16 weeks from mid-October, 2013 through mid-February, 2014. Entrepreneurial teams are invited to learn more and apply below
more info: entrepreneur.sfgov.org