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San Francisco lanches 'civic startup accelerator'

San Francisco is tapping into its innovators and entrepreneurs to make the city's government more efficient and connected through web-based technologies.
Written by Tyler Falk, Contributor on

San Francisco is tapping into its innovators and entrepreneurs to make the city's government more efficient and connected through web-based technologies.

The city announced what it's calling the world's first "civic startup accelerator." Partnering with the nonprofit Code for America, the program will support startups with innovative Gov 2.0 ideas.

“San Francisco is home to some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries and made our City a hub for innovation,” said Mayor Lee. “The challenge now is to bring those same disruptive technologies to make government more accountable and engaged, and make San Francisco, the world’s first City 2.0.”

Code for America, which recently received a grant from Google to further their work in Gov 2.0, will hold a citywide civic app-building competition and the winners will enter the accelerator program.

"[T]his year we will be opening the doors to City Hall to the country’s great entrepreneurs,” said Code for America Founder Jennifer Pahlka. “As we’ve seen from disruptive companies like TurboTax, SeeClickFix, and Socrata, there’s a real opening for new businesses in the civic space; we want to turn those examples from the exception into the norm. We want entrepreneurs everywhere asking, ‘How can I disrupt government?’”

Photo: Jacksonian_Of_2009/Flickr

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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