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Boldline P3 Cohort 3

About the Challenge
Posted By: Department of State / Boldline Accelerator
Category: Ideas
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Aug 29, 2018 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Sep 28, 2018

What Is Boldline?

Boldline/GEC is the U.S. Department of State’s partnership accelerator aimed to support innovative public-private partnership (P3) solutions to countering propaganda abroad.  One of the first programs of its kind, Boldline/GEC supports organizations and partnerships that innovatively address propaganda and enables public audiences to receive more fact based information. The goal of Boldline/GEC is to build and deploy strategic connections and collaborations aimed at countering propaganda by: a) sourcing innovative technology and approaches to the problems of foreign propaganda and disinformation; b) promoting and facilitating connectivity between the private sector and governments; c) fostering creative partnership models; and d) conceptualizing new combined technological approaches to the problems of foreign propaganda and disinformation. 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 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, DC 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.

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.

The Department of State’s Global Engagement Center’s mission is to “lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests.”

The GEC operates as a forward-looking, innovative organization that can shift focus quickly to remain responsive to agile adversaries. The GEC leverages data science, cutting-edge advertising technologies, and top talent from the private sector.

Proposals

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.  The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

Judging Criteria

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 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.

How to Enter

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

Go to https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/boldline-p3-cohort-3/

And click on Submit Solution

Questions?

Please send questions to: partnerships@state.gov

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Rules

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

Go to https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/boldline-p3-cohort-3/

And click on Submit Solution

Questions?

Please send questions to: partnerships@state.gov

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