Timeline

  • Submission start:
    08/29/2018 12:00 PM
  • Submission end:
    10/24/2018 11:59 PM

Type Of Challenge: Ideas

BOLDLINE: THE P3 ACCELERATOR

The U.S. Department of State is proud to launch Boldline, an accelerator for public-private partnerships (P3s). One of the first programs of its kind, Boldline supports partnerships that address pressing global challenges and focuses on giving them tools to scale their missions. The main goal of Boldline is to build and deploy strategic connections and collaborations aimed at: a) strengthening the global partnership building ecosystem; b) promoting and facilitating connectivity between the private sector and governments; and c) fostering innovative partnership business models. Boldline seeks to take the often dotted lines (or gaps) between sectors and, by cultivating public-private partnerships, create a bold line between them.

P3S + 1 WEEK

New public-private partnership ideas and partnerships ready to scale their operations and activities take part in a one-week program. Boldline provides participants with access to resources, mentorship, and a global network. The first iteration of the accelerator took place in February 2018 in Washington, DC. The participating P3s were presented at the 2018 Global Partnerships Week forum on March 5th at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

TO APPLY

Log in to Challenge.gov and click the red Submit button on the top right of the page. Applications for the Boldline/GEC Cohort 3 will be accepted through email at: partnerships@state.gov

Accelerator Participation

The U.S. Department of State Office of Global Partnerships and the Global Engagement Center, in close collaboration with industry leaders will organize a three-day partnership building accelerator program. Organizations accepted into the program will benefit from meeting selected stakeholders of public-private partnerships, including public institutions, corporations, innovation companies, entrepreneurship support organizations, and financial institutions to galvanize interest for the participating partnerships and to help build the framework for these partnerships in targeted countries.

The program will identify businesses, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and others that are in the early development stages of their efforts and provide mentorship, access to resources, government relations, partnership development and global networks needed to scale their impact. The accelerator will take place December 4-6, 2018 near Washington, D.C. and participation in the program will be highly competitive. Funding for participation and travel will not be paid for by the U.S. Department of State.

Proposals should outline a partnership idea that clearly illustrates the problem statement, potential partners, activities, and objectives.  Please note that proposals should focus on the global dimension of the problem; solely domestic proposals will not be considered.  Applicants may be requested to do a telephonic interview prior to final selection.

Proposal submissions must include:

  • Name of organization submitting partnership
  • Full address and postal code
  • For profit or not for profit
  • Industry affiliation (ie. health care, aviation, energy)
  • Consulting and innovation
  • Links to biographies of the participants or LinkedIn profiles (preferable)
  • Email address for participants:
  • Has your organization partner with the U.S. Government? Describe.
  • What stage is your partnership business plan (new idea, or existing program going to scale):
  • Signed commitment statement to participate in the full three-day accelerator program in or around Washington, D.C.

Proposal Information:

  1. Problem Statement (250 words max): Describe the problem you are trying to solve and any relevant background information. Address the impact and innovation potential of your idea given the status quo.
  2. Idea (250 words max): What is the core concept for the partnership?  How will working in a partnership obtain the outcome that is required?  How does this align to the GEC Mission Statement?
  3. Resource Requirements (250 words max): Describe what is needed to implement your idea (resources, stakeholder buy-in, legal requirements, etc.). Address the feasibility of your idea.
  4. Best Potential Partners (250 words max): Describe ideal partners (from 2-10) or types of partners that would make for a successful partnership.
  5. Ideal End State (150 words max): Describe what success will look like with the implementation of your idea. Address the impact of your idea and its innovation potential.

Submission

Log in to Challenge.gov and click the red Submit button on the top right of the page. Proposals also are being accepted via email at: partnerships@state.gov

Questions?

Please send questions to: partnerships@state.gov

Impact - 20%

Are there significant needs for your product or service? Does the partnership address an important problem or critical barrier to progress in society? Does it go beyond one-country? Does it have the potential to further scale? Will it impact the well-being of people and enhance life or livelihoods? If an already existing partnership, please provide metrics of impact.

Innovation - 20%

Does the submission seek to shift current paradigms by utilizing novel approaches, methodologies, services or interventions to create a changed environment? Is your partnership proposal novel in a broad sense?

Feasibility - 20%

Is the proposal reasonable, resourceful, and feasible? Is the proposing organization committed to making the partnership successful? Is the entire organization committed to the partnership? A successful proposal will improve upon existing policies, practices, strategies, and leverage existing or emerging technologies. It will offer creative solutions to possible funding and resource constraints if applicable. It can be implemented within 1-3 years.

Relevance to GEC Mission Set - 30%

Is the proposal responsive to GEC's mandate for countering propaganda? Proposals should explain how a partnership will directly impact the U.S. capabilities to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining the United States' national security interests. A successful proposal will be understood by and persuasive to both government stakeholders and lay audiences alike in its written and oral communication.

Collaboration - 10%

Is the proposal collaborative in its approach to the problem or issue and/or proposed solution? Is a partnership feasible for this effort? A successful proposal will involve team members and stakeholder engagement and support from across sectors of government and non-government.

Proposal submissions must include:

  • Name of organization submitting partnership
  • Full address and postal code:
  • For profit or not for profit
  • Industry affiliation (ie. health care, aviation, energy)
  • Consulting and innovation
  • Links to biographies of the participants or LinkedIn profiles (preferable)
  • Email address for participants:
  • Has your organization partner with the U.S. Government? Describe.
  • What stage is your partnership business plan (new idea, or existing program going to scale)
  • Signed commitment statement to participate in the full three-day accelerator program in or around Washington, D.C.

Proposal Information:

  1. Problem Statement (250 words max): Describe the problem you are trying to solve and any relevant background information. Address the impact and innovation potential of your idea given the status quo.
  2. Idea (250 words max): What is the core concept for the partnership?  How will working in a partnership obtain the outcome that is required?  How does this align to the GEC Mission Statement?
  3. Resource Requirements (250 words max): Describe what is needed to implement your idea (resources, stakeholder buy-in, legal requirements, etc.). Address the feasibility of your idea.
  4. Best Potential Partners (250 words max): Describe ideal partners (from 2-10) or types of partners that would make for a successful partnership.
  5. Ideal End State (150 words max): Describe what success will look like with the implementation of your idea. Address the impact of your idea and its innovation potential.

Submission

Log in to Challenge.gov and click the red Submit button on the top right of the page. Proposals also are being accepted via email at: partnerships@state.gov

Questions?

Please send questions to: partnerships@state.gov