Accela joins Startup in Residence program

Cloud-based solutions provider joins network that brings together startups and government agencies


Cloud-based solutions provider for government Accela has become an industry partner of the Startup in Residence (STiR) network, which supports tech startups looking to play a role in improving public services across the US.

The move to become a partner to the network will see Accela assist the organization in its aim of increasing the role government plays in solving community challenges.

Accela, which is headquartered in San Ramon, California, provides solutions for state and local governments through its Civic Platform which includes shared technologies and functionality within a SaaS environment.

"The STiR program is a quintessential example of a public-private partnership working to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing cities and states through collaborative innovation," commented Heidi Lorenzen, vice-president of marketing at Accela.

"One of Accela's goals is to help drive the next shift in government innovation and our partnership with STiR is a catalyst to developing ground-breaking solutions that build thriving, future-ready communities," Lorenzen added.

For the STiR program, Accela will partner with Neighborly Software and Qwally, with Accela providing technical assistance to both company's platforms.

Qwally CEO Chris Offensend remarked: "For us, Accela's robust and flexible technology, designed to streamline government processes makes it an ideal partner to help small businesses access local contract opportunities."

The STiR program began life as a pilot when launched by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in 2014. In 2018, it partnered with City Innovate to expand to 32 cities across the US and has so far convinced 46 startups across North America to join its effort.

Jay Nath, founder of STiR and co-executive director of City Innovate, said: "Accela has been at the forefront of government technology and innovation for decades and we are thrilled to add its industry-leading expertise to our program aimed at better serving communities throughout the country."

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