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.

Partnerships for a 21st Century Government

Program Overview

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.

Benefits of Participation

With B.C.’s STIR, we want the best and the brightest to propose their innovative solutions and join us this fall to work on one of challenges areas put forward by participating ministries. 

During the residency period, government and tech company teams will collaborate in-person and virtually to make their vision a reality. Teams across the STIR pilot will also come together as a cohort for workshops, guest speakers and mentor sessions, and networking events to make the most of one another’s experiences.

Tech company teams can work remotely or in person depending on their location – it’s up to them to describe how they plan to collaborate with the government team. There are no restrictions on company size, maturity, or location, and teams don’t need to be incorporated.

At the end of the residency and trial period, companies will have:

  • A fee of $10,000 in return for their participation in STIR
  • Full rights to commercialize the solution and sell into the growing gov-tech market
  • Potential for customer validation and the ability to reference the B.C. government as a customer
  • The opportunity to, at the discretion of their partner ministry, contract with the province for further development, access, or maintenance of the solution they created
  • A greater understanding of working with and selling to government entities
  • Access to a network of alumni

2018 Cohort: Challenge Statements

STIR is built on the premise that the best place to start is with a defined challenge versus a set of detailed requirements, and that the best solutions come from open innovation.

Business areas across the B.C. Public Service have identified various challenge areas and are willing to dedicate time, energy, and funding to create a solution.

The individual Calls for Proposals are posted on B.C. Bid (links included with the challenge statements below) in accordance with the Province's procurement policies. Go to B.C. Bid to:

  • Review all the STIR Calls for Proposals
  • Complete the mandatory registration
  • Submit your proposal

A proponent meeting for any companies interested in learning more about participating in STIR will be held on July 10. Get more information about the event here.

All proposals are due by July 25, 2018.

Challenge Statements by Ministry


B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

Department of Economic Development

The Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is looking for a way to allow its users to find up-to-date, comprehensive, and appropriate economic development funding options based on their specific and unique needs. To do this, a solution would likely require the ability to automatically index and tag content related to grants and funding so that users can easily find what they are looking for.

View and apply at B.C. Bid

The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) is looking for a way to allow users such as EAO staff, decision makers, Indigenous nations, working group members and project proponents to quickly and accurately identify topics mentioned in comments received by the public. The solution should also allow users to visualize these topics in a way that provides them with actionable intelligence to support the environmental assessment process.

View and apply at B.C. Bid


B.C. Ministry of Attorney General

Court Services Branch

The Ministry of Attorney General’s Court Services Branch is looking is looking to transform and modernize court administrative services by moving its current paper-based court interpreter scheduling and payment processes online. The solution will incorporate the existing directory of court interpreters and enable interpreter clerks across the province to schedule and pay interpreters through an integrated online system.

View and apply at B.C. Bid


B.C. Public Service Agency

Provincial Employees Community Services Fund (PECSF)

The B.C. Public Service Agency is looking for a way to support the changing needs of public servants who wish to donate to charitable causes and events close to their hearts through payroll deductions and other methods. They need a modern online tool and a way for finance and payroll staff to facilitate the donation process, which will help support employees to give to registered charities. The practice of charitable donations made through payroll deductions is part of the B.C. public service's offerings to employees.

View and apply at B.C. Bid


B.C. 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 across the province. The Province, First Nations and stakeholders have legal interests, rights, restrictions, and designations on Crown Land, and MIRR negotiators need to have access to this information to allow them to determine whether selected land parcels should be included in negotiations with First Nations.

View and apply at B.C. Bid