REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
(CONSULTING SERVICES – FIRMS SELECTION)
National Innovation Ecosystem Project (GENIE) – P152441
Loan # IBRD-8595-GE
Consultancy services for Facilitation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Mathematics (STEAM) Bootcamps.
Reference Number. GE-GITA- 106875-CS-CQS
The Government of Georgia has secured support from the World Bank Group (the Bank) for the Georgia National Innovation Ecosystem (GENIE) Project in the amount of US $23.5 million. 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 (RIH) and Community Innovation Centers (CICs) in selected cities, towns and villages of Georgia; and (b) design and pilot a Broadband-for-Development (BfD) program to support the increase in adoption and use of broadband internet services and advanced information technology by eligible households and eligible Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), with a focus on rural areas.
Component 2: Innovation Services. This component provides training and technical assistance in support of developing the digital economy skills of individuals and support of firms receiving financial support under the Innovation and Startup Matching Grants programs.
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; (c) provision of Applied Research Grants to selected scientists through the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (the Foundation); and (d) provision of technical assistance and related costs to the Foundation for the administration of the Applied Research Grants program, as well as to GITA and Enterprise Georgia, in administering support to MSMEs.
The central institution responsible for coordination of the project is Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (MoESD). GITA is responsible for all project implementation except for the Applied Research Grants program implemented by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. 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.
Scope of Assignment
Context: STEAM Bootcamps
One of the main objectives of the bootcamp will be to find new and creative ways to inspire young people to consider a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design and Mathematics) career path. Bootcamp activities should speak directly to the core audience of University and high school studentsmatching grants participants and they are all delivered in locations where young people can experience the real world of STEAM. The activities should help bring STEAM out of the classroom and into real life and help young people to understand the breadth of opportunity STEAM carriers offer and the variety of pathways into STEAM industries, more specifically innovation-based entrepreneurship (startup way).
Under the GITA and other private initiatives, different programs have been launched in order to enable startup financing and startup development, but it was observed that entrepreneurial and business skills of applicants is low. Thus, another important objective of the bootcamp should be to increase the entrepreneurial and business skillset of young founders.
The bootcamp also should engage young people directly with hands-on events and activities such as meeting like-minded peers, learning from experienced mentors, thus inspiring learners to develop an interest in entrepreneurship which will lead to the increased rates of new enterprise formation in Georgia.
The selected Consultant will work in close coordination with the Client to ensure that the training program curriculum meets the requirements of local and international markets.
Summary of scope
The Consultant shall be responsible for the overall implementation, management and coordination of bootcamps. Bootcamps will be divided into 3 subcategories: (i) bootcamp for formed startups (expected number of 30 startups), (ii) for University and (expected number of 30 participants) (iii) High school students (expected number of 100 participants). Each type of bootcamp shall have its particular set of goals.
For High School students the goals shall be:
- To raise awareness about innovation and technology;
- Get minimum practical experience with programming, robotics, and other STEAM fields;
- To motivate students to get into STEAM subjects into university;
- To correct misconceptions about entrepreneurship and start-ups;
- To inspire with entrepreneurial success stories (preferable local);
- Show the importance of soft skills such as: curiosity, problem solving, adaptability and analytical skills;
- Show how technology is affecting and changing the future.
For University students the goals shall be:
- Show the importance of teams (team building exercises), core competencies;
- Help founders to complete their teams;
- Instead of pushing them to form startups, the push should be to learn, get real world experience, start seeing the real problems and then form start-up to work on solutions;
- Demonstrate the importance of market pull approach vs technology push approach when developing products/solutions;
- Demonstrate the importance of customer traction and getting out of comfort zone by talking to customers.
For matching grant finalists the goals shall be:
- Identification of problematic areas in their idea/team/execution/other factors;
- Teach the concept of pivoting;
- Reinforce the importance of traction;
- Prepare start-ups for accelerator programs;
- Increase start-up investment readiness.
Frequency of boot camp shall be as follows: bootcamp for high school students once a year, bootcamp for university students 3 times a year, bootcamp for matching grants finalists 2 times a year. Overal, 6 bootcamps shall be held in 3 different directions, and overall 12 boot camps should be facilitated by the Consultant. Duration of bootcamps for high school students shall be 7 days long, as for the boot camps for matching grant finalists and university students it shall last 4 days.
Duration of assignment is 22 (Twenty-two) months and it is expected to commence in June, 2019.
Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency (GITA) now invites eligible consulting firms ("Consultants") to express 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 in organizing trainings, for last 7 years (i.e. since January, 2012)
- Experience in similar assignments - startup/entrepreneurship boot camps for last five years (since January 1 2014).
Note: the GITA reserves it’s right to verify submitted references and use obtained information for evaluation purposes.
Estimated budget of assignment is 200,000.00 USD (including all 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 on the following link: https://grants.gov.ge/en/download/211ba0a2a230575901553827dae3f4893a542d7fd849d6950608f120a44e020b1c15b7426673f8fc
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, Cell: +995 591016716.
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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 May 21, 2019, at 17:00 (Georgian local time).
Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency
7, Innovation str. 0114, TechPark, Okrokana, Tbilisi, Georgia
Cell: +995 591016716
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