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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on ”civic ventures” -- for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 10-week, bootcamp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each start-up to seek investments and scale their social innovation. The Civic Accelerator was launched in 2012, in partnership with Village Capital, and receives generous support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, both founding partners, and from our official hotel sponsor, Hilton Worldwide,

How it works:

Over a 10-week period, teams will convene for three, week-long sessions in cities across the US to connect to and validate new customers, elevate their brands, pitch in front of new audiences, and continually refine their business models. In between sessions, teams will have the opportunity to test new skills and...
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on ”civic ventures” -- for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 10-week, bootcamp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each start-up to seek investments and scale their social innovation. The Civic Accelerator was launched in 2012, in partnership with Village Capital, and receives generous support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, both founding partners, and from our official hotel sponsor, Hilton Worldwide,

How it works:

Over a 10-week period, teams will convene for three, week-long sessions in cities across the US to connect to and validate new customers, elevate their brands, pitch in front of new audiences, and continually refine their business models. In between sessions, teams will have the opportunity to test new skills and connect on a deeper level with their peers and mentors.

The Civic Accelerator curriculum is based on the principles of the "lean" start-up, design-thinking, and rapid experimentation. Teams are also connected to approximately 50+ mentors, advisors, and potential funders. In between the in-person sessions, teams will work in peer groups and with their mentors to test and validate customer segments, achieve important seed stage milestones, and apply skills and tools learned in the accelerator in their home markets.

At the end of the program, the 2 most promising teams (one for-profit and one nonprofit) will receive a $50K investment with a twist - the teams themselves ultimately decide who will receive the investment.

Applicants should confirm their eligibility and program dates before applying - www.pointsoflight.org/civic-incubator/civic-accelerator-eligibility

Questions? Email Megan at mchristenson@pointsoflight.org
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