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Training + Tech for DC.gov + Jobs + Taxes + Buzz
= Interactive Strategy + Experiential Marketing + Content Creation
ANGLE Technology’s Feasibility Study confirms the demand for, and viability of ‘some kind’ of incubator
That incubator is a bit more than most people have been thinking it could/should be
It’s also a lot simpler...
Free real estate at 225 Virginia Ave SE or elsewhere. DC pays for, but doesn’t use this space. There are also VACANT SCHOOLS that would be perfect.
This is not a complex setup: wifi, desks, coffee pots, refrigerator, collaboration spaces. Think and act like a startup!
Marketing and Community
iStrategyLabs and the tech community at large will generate all the buzz necessary for getting the smartest/most promising ideas flowing in this space. We’ll program our unconferences there, and use it for daily, weekly, monthly meetups, code jams etc. This should feel much more like a “digital community center” where all are welcome...rather than a place where an exclusive few are asked to come and create new technology.
Marketing and Community
It will serve as a place to teach the citizens of DC and beyond about emerging technologies that they themselves will then use in their own businesses and to put into place for new businesses that can be incubated in this space. This is job training! Apps for Democracy will serve as a ‘call for talent’, providing initial prototypes that will a) solve current technology problems for the DC government and b) can be reviewed by a panel of experts to determine if further investment in these apps is worthwhile. This will deliver all necessary ROI. Everything else is icing on the cake.
By using citizen talent to product IT for DC.gov, this incubator will deliver all necessary ROI. Everything else is icing on the cake. Apps for Democracy cost DC $50,000 and returned $2,600,000 in the form of web apps for the city. We can cut MILLIONS of IT costs out of the city budget with this kind of methodology. IT’S PROVEN.
Once prototypes are live, the panel of experts can determine if additional investment of time and capital are worth while to move the app from contest submission/fixing of one DC problem to tweaking for full DC.gov implementation and/or potential further enterprise/consumer roll out. This is where groups like LaunchBox Digital, Amplifier Ventures, Core Capital Partners etc. come into play. They’ll provide the capital, mentoring and other elements required to grow initial prototypes into fully formed startups - then revenue and job generating companies.
This model does the following: -Provides job training -Provides community programming -Provides technology development for DC.gov -Provides incubation of tech startups -Provides jobs in DC -Provides tax revenue in DC -Provides invaluable buzz about DC as a tech mecca
All we need is a space. And a small operating budget. This can start deliver results in WEEKS.
Our labs is located in Dupont Circle, with team members around the world. But you can always reach us here: http://www.istrategylabs.com/about/ Or connect with Peter directly: Peter Corbett, CEO iStrategyLabs Cell: 917-748-3595 email@example.com