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JUMPSTART FOUNDRY here is partnering with the Multi-City Innovation Campaign (MCIC), a national program that aims to provide some healthcare technology startups cash from cities that adopt their technologies -- and which could provide one team a seat in this year's Jumpstart cohort.

March 27 is the application deadline for healthcare technology proposals for this pilot program, which is led by the National League of Cities (NLC) and which affords startups a chance to earn $5K from some or all of 24 contributing entities -- including Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County -- which are participating in the program, each time a city in the group adopts a given startup's tech solution.

In addition to that potential $120K pool, the top-ranked business among the competing startups will be offered a seat in the 2015 Jumpstart Foundry cohort, where that firm may earn up to $100K in Seed Capital from Jumpstart. Thus, one startup could theoretically amass $220K, according to program materials.

"The hope is that we have good representation from Nashville overall," said Yiaway Yeh, who works co-chief innovation officer in the Administration of Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

The program's website is current and is located here.

In 2014, Metro Nashville was among four cities in the Year One MICC pilot, alongside Boston, Palo Alto and Raleigh.

Nashville startup Ziiio was ultimately declared the winner of that round, which led to the company debuting its wayfinding technology in-use within Nashville Music City Convention Center, as previously reported.

Participants in addition to Metro Nashville are Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Charlotte; Chattanooga; Los Angeles; Louisville; Memphis; Mountain View; Oakland, Calif.; Palo Alto; Philadelphia; Raleigh; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; San Luis Obispo; Durham and Durham County, N.C.; Somerville, Mass.; Pittsburgh; Saint Paul; Sacramento; and Seattle. Also participating is the State of Rhode Island.

Cities may each elect to adopt one (or none) of the competing solutions, in exchange for which each city provides $5K and receives from the startup a commitment for 12 months' support of their adopted technology.

The MCIC program, which emphasizes development and deployment of scaleable and sustainable solutions, serves as a platform for developers, innovators and community leaders to build scalable and sustainable solutions that enable city governments to communicate with community members.

Clarence Anthony is CEO and executive director of NLC, which represents 19,000 cities, towns and villages.

Metro Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has, as previously reported, been a support of the MCIC initiative of of municipal Open Data initiatives. VNC

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Tags: Clarence Anthony, economic development, information technology, innovation, Jumpstart Foundry, Karl Dean, MCIC, Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County, Multi-City Innovation Campaign, municipal government, Music City Center, National League of Cities, NLC, software, Yiaway Yeh, Ziiio

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