The Challenge: Innovation in technology is happening in pockets throughout Long Beach. However, the different industries and communities leading the charge are not connected to one another. Evidence shows that without connection, this economic cluster will not grow and reach its full potential. To bridge this gap, the City of Long Beach is prepared to make capital and programmatic investments to develop and operate an innovation hub. The hub will have a physical home in downtown Long Beach. More than that, though, through the programming provided the entire city will become an “innovation hub”. The innovation hub aspires to be the glue that brings the innovators of Long Beach together to connect, exchange and inspire each other. The innovation hub should be a catalyst in the creation of new business ventures, job opportunities, and investment.
The Opportunity: The City of Long Beach is currently exploring how the City can catalyze a local ecosystem that supports the technology and innovation economy. The Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to provide the City with industry insight, experience and understanding of the solutions available on the market. Responses to this RFI will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued at the conclusion of the research phase. The city intends to select and award a solution procured through the upcoming RFP in the spring of 2016.
Who can participate: The opportunity is open to anyone with a strategy, solution or idea on how Long Beach can catalyze a culture of innovation. This can range from social entrepreneurs, engineers, innovation consultants, artists, city officials, software developers, to general innovation and technology enthusiasts working locally or internationally.