Government launches new challenges for startups!

After the first successful edition of the government-wide Startup in Residence program (SIR Intergov), a second edition with new challenges has been launched today. In the program, various government organizations invite startups to co-create innovative solutions for common government issues. In this edition, there is special attention for corona challenges. Examples of challenges are social distancing with regards to the corona virus, combating fake news and high-quality reuse of waste. The innovations do not only help the government, young entrepreneurs get a real “kick-start” for their business.

Startup in Residence is a program in which the government brings in startups to collaborate on social and technological challenges. Various ministries, provinces and municipalities already make use of the program, enabling them to innovate. The program makes government tenders more accessible to startups, offering startups more opportunities within the government.

Government as launching customer

This edition, startups can work on various challenges: How can we protect the elderly against heat stress in care homes? How can we best implement and test innovative solutions for the 1.5 meter society? And how can we improve a construction hub’s supply chain? See all challenges here.

Startups can apply for the challenges starting June 9th. After a selection procedure, a number of them are chosen to co-create their solutions with civil servants. This group will be guided by experts and receive a training program to validate and scale up their solution. They also receive a workspace, access to finance and the government’s network. Is the developed solution successful? Then the government can become their launching customer!

Affiliated government agencies

In the second government-wide Startup in Residence program, participating government organizations include the Province of South Holland, the Municipality of The Hague (ImpactCity), the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.