KCMO Innovation Partnership Program
The City of Kansas City, Missouri’s Innovation Partnership Program is a front door for entrepreneurs to develop, test, and demonstrate innovative solutions with KCMO data and infrastructure in support of Advance KC and City Operations. This 12 week program will grant access to city data and infrastructure while providing a test bed for your product or service.
As a significant client and testbed, the City gives entrepreneurs a valuable use case for their products and services, and potentially helps them attract new investors and clients. The City benefits by having the opportunity to try the new technology for a period at no cost. After the test period, the City may decide to purchase a company’s products or services if it is a good fit and achieves their efficiency goals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP)?
The City’s Innovation Partnership Program is a front door for entrepreneurs to apply to develop, test, and demonstrate innovative solutions with KCMO data and infrastructure in support of Advance KC and City Operations.
What criteria will be used to determine which companies will be accepted to participate in the Innovation Partnership Program?
The criteria that will be used to choose participants for the Innovation Partnership Program may include the following criteria, but is not limited to: improving the quality and efficiency of City services and operations; creating new markets and jobs; attracting and retaining top talent; and improving economic vitality, social equity and environmental quality.
How will the Innovation Partnership Program be structured?
The IPP will partner selected participants with the city for a 12 week test case. Participants will be required to meet with our Office of Innovation every two weeks to discuss the progress of the partnership. After the 12 week testing period, participants will have a presentation in front of Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, and the IPP committee.
Will the city invest financially in my company during the IPP?
Companies that are selected to participate in the Innovation Partnership Program will not receive any financial investment from the city. However, during the trial period, the city will allow these companies to have access to city data and infrastructure to provide a test bed for their product or service.
Will the city ever invest in my company?
After the 12 week test period and the presentation is completed, a review of all of the information will be conducted and the city will decide if they want to procure the company’s services, technology, software, etc.
Has the city purchased any companies products or services that previously participated in the IPP?
Yes, RFP365, a company founded in 2012, participated in the Innovation Partnership Program. Following the test case, the City decided to purchase the company’s software, which helps simplify and streamline the City’s RFP process. Find out other companies that have participated.
What is the timeline for the 2018 process?
– Application window open: April 2, 2018
– Application Due Date: May 22, 2018
– Notification to selected companies: June 8, 2018
– “Pilot Period” begins: June 25, 2018
– “Pilot Period” ends: Sept 21, 2018
Where can I get a mailed application?
Contact the Office of Innovation.