How we validate RFPs / Opportunities
Citymart advocates for better municipal procurement that transforms our cities and helps new ideas flourish. We have helped over 130 cities like New York City, London, Dublin, York, Long Beach, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Canmore deliver procurements that are open to new ideas, fair to all and accessible to startups and small businesses.
We have also helped thousands of urban innovators discover public procurement as a great opportunity and listened carefully to their experiences and aspirations.
Before we share an RFP or other public sector opportunity with you, our team carries out three simple but important validations to make sure that the opportunity is viable and fair by the standards of a small business with limited resources.
OUR THREE TESTS
The Opportunity is innovative if:
It is open to new ideas / different ways of achieving the outcome OR
It describes a new / future / emerging need OR
It asks for innovation outright
It is open for at least 28 days OR
If it is open for less, we will contact procurement officer to ask for extension AND
If they grant no extension, we ask for why they rush it AND
If we get a credible explanation we will make a judgement call
Evaluation criteria are fair if:
We can understand them AND
They are fixed upfront and cannot be changed