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City of Glendale Issues RFP for Tech Accelerator Pilot Program

Post Date:08/02/2018 6:26 PM

Media Contact: 
Jennifer McLain Hiramoto, Principal Economic Development Officer
818-548-2005
JHiramoto@glendaleca.gov

 

City Seeking Qualified Applicants to Operate Pilot Tech Accelerator Program

GLENDALE, CA – The City of Glendale is poised to become a regional tech hub – its prime location, business friendly environment, and vibrant Downtown district have attracted over 1,000 high tech firms that employ approximately 41,000 people. To further support and grow its technology sector, the Glendale Economic Development Division has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified applicants for the operation and management of a Tech Accelerator Pilot Program. The submission deadline is Thursday, September 13 at 5 pm.

Accelerators are highly competitive, time-bound programs that provide a cohort of start-ups with mentorship and resources, culminating in a “pitch” day attended by investors. Accelerators also provide a suite of services that are individually costly, and often take years to access and compress into a few short weeks or months. The creation of an Accelerator Pilot Program is a key part of the Tech Strategy, which calls for the creation of high quality work space for the tech industry. Learn more about the Tech Strategy here: www.glendaletechweek.com/tech-strategy.

The goal of the Tech Accelerator Pilot Program is to showcase Glendale’s start-up community and provide emerging companies with the tools and support they need to succeed and thrive in Glendale.

“We have all the makings of a tech hub – great quality of life, top tech companies, and City leadership committed to diversifying the local economy and supporting entrepreneurship,” said Mayor Zareh Sinanyan.  “The creation of a Tech Accelerator is the next step in strengthening our tech ecosystem and solidifying Glendale’s identity as a tech center.”

The RFP welcomes proposals from a variety of qualified respondents such as: individuals, private companies, venture capital firms, seed accelerators, industry groups, academic or research institutions, and co-working spaces. Collaborative proposals are encouraged, and proposals that include partnerships with Glendale-based entities or individuals are preferred. A successful proposal must have a physical location in the City of Glendale. The City has identified two sites that can be available to bidders for the length of the Pilot Program: Plaza Bank and the Glendale Central Library.

The full RFP is available online at the link here. A pre-bid conference and site tour will be held at 250 N. Orange, on (Thursday, August 16 from 10 am to Noon at 250 N. Orange. Questions are due on Thursday, August 23 by 5 pm. Responses will be issued on Thursday, August 30. Final proposals are due on Thursday, September 30 by 5 pm. Questions regarding the RFP can be directed to Jennifer Hiramoto at jhiramoto@glendaleca.gov, or at (818) 548-2005.

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Glendale, known as the “Jewel City,” is one of the largest cities in Los Angeles County. With a population of over 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers limitless opportunities. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.