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The COVID Challenge Platform is a no-cost clearinghouse to connect healthcare and government agencies to the resources they urgently need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rapid Acquisition

the covid challenge platform

Get visibility into what local communities need

Local and state agencies can use the COVID Challenge Platform to issue an open call for skilled volunteers, donations, and rapidly acquire critical goods and services.

  • Speed

    Collect needs from your colleagues and agencies.

  • Coordination

    Coordinate needs at the city, county and state level.

  • Community

    Get help from the best companies and innovators in the world.

  • Battle-Tested

    Powered by software used by dozens of government agencies.

How It Works

The COVID Challenge Platform is built on STIR, a battle-tested tool that connects governments with the world's most innovative companies.

  • Collect

    Collect needs for volunteers, donations or purchases from across your agencies.

  • Publish

    Challenges are shared publicly at and shared with our network.

  • Select and Get Started

    Quickly evaluate applications with your team and get what you need.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a cost for using the platform?

No. The platform is free for COVID-related challenges.

Who can post needs/challenges?

Any local, county, state government.

Who will respond?

We have a database of companies, partners and innovators ready to respond. We will also be advertising this publicly. We encourage governments to help spread the word.

Who will advertise the challenges?

City Innovate will use social media, our media partners, and companies to spread the word. We encourage our governments to join us.

How does procurement work?

Most states and cities have announced a state of emergency which fast tracks emergency-related purchases.

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