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Boldline p3 Cohort 1

Join the first cohort to develop your public-private partnership.

International Assistance Programs - Department of State - Other

Type of Challenge: Ideas
Submission Start: 10/25/2017 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 11/29/2017 11:59 PM ET


What is Boldline? Boldline is the U.S. Department of State’s new partnership accelerator aimed to support and scale innovative public-private partnerships (P3s).    One of the first programs of its kind, Boldline supports social good public-private 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 will take the often dotted lines between government, private sector and civil society and create a bold line between the sectors through partnerships. THE ACCELERATOR The U.S. Department of State in close collaboration with industry leaders will organize a one-week partnership building accelerator program that will bring together 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 timely P3s that are in the early development stages of their partnerships or are ready to scale their operations and activities. Through a one week accelerator and ongoing support, Boldline will provide the individuals and institutions behind these partnerships with mentorship, access to resources, government relations, and global networks needed to scale their impact. The accelerator will take place in February 2018 in Washington, DC and participation in the program will be highly competitive. WHO WE ARE The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships is a center of excellence for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society.  The Office aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact.  The Department recognizes that it takes more than governments to address many global issues and believes that partnerships with the private sector, civil society, philanthropy and other non-governmental organizations are necessary for our national security and diplomacy objectives.  


Instructions for Proposal Submission

Proposals are due by 11:59 PM (EDT) on November 29, 2017.  Proposal Requirements:  Your proposal should include the following:
  • Proposing organization information (noted below in Section E)
  • Problem Statement (250 words max)
  • Idea or Scalable Partnership (250 words max)
  • Resource Requirements (250 words max)
  • Best Potential Partners (no more than 10)
  • Ideal End State (150 words max)
Questions about the challenge will be answered in the discussion board.

Judging Criteria

Percentage: 20
Impact: 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.

Percentage: 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?

Percentage: 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 U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities
Percentage: 20
Is the proposal within the framework of U.S. foreign policy interests? Proposals should explain how the partnership will directly impact U.S. global leadership and competitiveness, national security, and/or sustained U.S. economic growth and job creation. A successful proposal will be understood by and persuasive to both government stakeholders and lay audiences alike in its written and oral communication.

Percentage: 20
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.

How To Enter

Proposals 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): Links to biographies of the participants or LinkedIn profiles (preferable): Has your organization partner with the U.S. Government? Describe. What stage is your partnership business plan (new idea, existing program going to scale):   Proposal Information: 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.     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 U.S. interests?     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.     Best Potential Partners (250 words max): Describe ideal partners (from 2-10) or types of partners that would make for a successful partnership.     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.