Consultancy Services for Provision of Business Mentoring to Startup Matching Grants Program Beneficiaries

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)

GEORGIA

National Innovation Ecosystem Project (GENIE) – P152441

Loan # IBRD-8595-GE

Consultancy Services for Provision of Business Mentoring to Startup Matching Grants Program Beneficiaries

Reference Number. GE-GITA-98826-CS-CQS

 

The Government of Georgia has secured support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (hereinafter ‘the Bank’) for a National Innovation Ecosystem (GENIE) Project in the amount of 40 million US dollars. The main objective of the project is to increase innovative activities of the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and individuals in Georgia and their participation in the digital economy.

The Project will enhance Georgia’s national innovation ecosystem through an integrated approach across three components, plus project implementation support.

Component 1: Innovation Infrastructure. The component will: (a) develop a network of Regional Innovation Hubs (RIHs) and Innovation Centers (ICs) in selected cities, towns and villages (b) design a Broadband-for-Development (BfD) program to increase use of broadband internet services and advanced information technology by eligible households and eligible MSMEs, with a focus on rural areas, inter alia, by providing BfD Payments and related training.

Component 2: Innovation Services. This component will deliver services, many in coordination with the ICs and RIHs, tailored to Project beneficiaries at various stages/levels of the innovation ecosystem. The component will carry out outreach and communication activities, and provide training and technical assistance in support of: (a) building the innovation community, and organizing and carrying out innovation competitions; (b) carrying out periodic skills needs assessments of firms and developing digital economy skills of individuals; and (c) developing the innovation capacity of individuals and firms.

Component 3: Innovation Financing. This component supports the: (a) provision of matching grants, selection of eligible MSMEs for receipt of matching grants, and supervision of matching grants; (b) provision of technical assistance to eligible MSMEs to prepare and implement sub-projects (with the matching grants); and (c) provision of technical assistance to stimulate alternative forms of innovation financing and investment in the digital economy.

Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency (GITA) under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD). GITA is responsible for all project implementation. It will coordinate the gathering and processing of the results of monitoring, reporting, fiduciary functions, and safeguard procedures in close cooperation with relevant institutions participating in the project.

The objective of this assignment is provision of mentoring services to the beneficiaries/mentees selected under 2 rounds of the Startup Matching Grants Call for Proposals.

 

Scope of Work

  1. The Consultant shall prepare the curriculum and methodology, define the outcomes and targets;
  2. The Consultant shall:
  • Train mentees in lean startup methodologies, business model canvas, human-centered design, project management tools;
  • Help mentees in developing/strengthening the business model supporting scalability of the startup, commercialization strategy, HR and team management, customer acquisition strategy, financial model and strategy;
  • Guide mentees in conducting market research and analysis aiming for the internationalization of their products and services;
  • Help mentees in acquiring useful business contacts and connections with prospective investors to raise the capital further and participate in acceleration/funding programs;

 

Expected duration of the Services is 12 (twelve) months, out of which mentoring for beneficiaries/mentees of both call for proposals will last for 6 (Six) months i.e. 3 months per each call.

Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency (GITA) now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The shortlisting criteria are:

  • General experience of consultant;
  • Experience in similar assignments, in terms of nature of the assignment, complexity and scale, for last seven years (since January 1 2012).

 

Note: the GITA reserves it’s right to verify submitted references and use obtained information for evaluation purposes.

 

Estimated total cost of assignment is 297,400.00 USD (including taxes).

 

The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011, revised July 2014 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.

 

Consultants may associate with other firms. (Please take into account that form of association acceptable for the World Bank is either sub-consultancy or Joint-Venture and submission must clearly indicate the nature of the association. The experience of sub-consultants will not be taken into account while evaluating the corporate experience of the consultant).

Experience in the projects relevant to the assignment should be submitted in the Form No: 1 uploaded at matching grants website www.grants.gov.ge on the following link: http://www.grants.gov.ge/files/137/Form N1.docx

A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the Consultants’ Qualifications Selection (CQS) method set out in Section III of the Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011, revised July 2014.

 

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency, Mr. Rati Gvelesiani, Procurement Consultant, email: genie@gita.gov.ge

 

Expressions of interest shall be submitted in English in a written form to the address below (in person, by mail, or by e-mail) by March 8, 2019, at 17:00 (Georgian local time).

 

Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency

7, Innovation str. 0114, TechPark, Okrokana, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tel: +995 591016716

E-mail to: genie@gita.gov.ge

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