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The City of Long Beach has partnered with Citymart, with the support of the Long Beach Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation, to engage you in a creative, problem-solving approach that can change how the city functions and performs. Citymart is a New York-based company that transforms the way cities solve problems, connecting them with new ideas through open challenges to entrepreneurs and citizens.

The City will issue (5) five service challenges. Over the next 18 months Citymart will play a consulting role, helping City staff and community stakeholders define the challanges and envision outcomes.

How to Participate

  • Read the challange statements below
  • Register with Planet Bids here
  • Review the Request for Information (RFI) located on Planet Bids
  • Prepare and write down your answers
  • Submit your answers electronically as a PDF document via the Long Beach Planet Bids Portal here




Challenge 1: Launch, Do, Grow Long Beach


The City of Long Beach is looking for better ways to support entrepreneurs launching, operating and growing their business. First time entrepreneurs need accurate information on the steps of starting and operating a business, as well as proactive assistance navigating government along the way. How can the city of Long Beach identify entrepreneurs’ needs and respond to them more effectively?

Read the challenge statement.

Challenge 2: Sparking a culture of tech innovation in Long Beach


The City of Long Beach and Citymart have launched this challenge to find cutting-edge solutions to foster a culture of innovation and develop a strong ecosystem in the city that supports innovators, entrepreneurs, research and development. The City is seeking knowledge on creative, proven strategies that bring people from all industries and walks of life together to find inspiration, nourish their ideas, find investors, and reach their full potential.

Read the challenge statement.

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