Companies meet one another and the government entities during an opening ceremony, and learn more about the program and its aims during orientation.
Entities introduce companies to key personnel and provide site tours of their facilities. Both begin discussing areas of opportunity and brainstorming ideas; companies provide proof of their core technologies.
Companies and entities explore specific ideas for pilot project proposals. Entities ensure companies have access to relevant expertise and data in order to fully develop their proposals.
Having jointly prepared a pilot project proposal, companies pitch their proposal to the relevant stakeholders and decision makers within the entity.
Entities provide constructive feedback to the companies within seven days. Both work together to iterate and improve the proposal, discussing and negotiating scope and cost.
Entities will agree or decline to proceed with an MOU (or other commercial agreement) by the end of week 7 at the latest.
Entities and companies work together to draft an agreement, agreeing on required resources, timelines and key deliverables.
Companies and entities attend a closing ceremony where agreements are signed. Next steps for contracting and delivery of the proposal are discussed and agreed.