These two companies were picked for Norfolk’s Startup in Residence Program

NORFOLK — The city has announced the two companies that were selected to participate in the city’s 2019 Startup in Residence program.

ARDX and Civis Analytics were chosen through a competitive process and the companies will volunteer their time and work with city staff over 16 weeks to tackle civic challenges with new technology tools and services, according to a news release from the city.

ARDX is a Norfolk-based company and will focus on starting and growing a small business in Norfolk.

Civis Analytics is from Washington, D.C. and they will focus on communicating and reducing flood risk for Norfolk residents, according to the city.

“I am thrilled to move forward with these companies and create customized and creative technology solutions for our citizens,” said Norfolk City Manager Douglas Smith. “Great cities embrace innovation and I’m proud of the work of the city staff who developed the challenges and thank the companies who answered the call.”

The city joined the national Startup in Residence program in August 2018, according to the news release.

As part of the process, Norfolk submitted five civic challenges to local, state and national technology companies in the STiR network.

The challenges focused on emergency sheltering, small business support, Freedom of Information Act records management, flood analytics and decision support for residents and real-time waste management system.

STiR is now in 22 governments across the US and Canada and has worked with nearly 100 startups.

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