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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in and supports early stage social ventures. In our continuing commitment to experiment and refine our model, our Spring 2017 program will convene the most innovative ventures across the country focused around a common challenge.

Spring 2017 Challenge: How might we accelerate the financial well-being and economic mobility of underserved populations?

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting financial and digital inclusion among those in underserved and low-income communities.

Read the full challenge brief at cvcx.org/spring2017civicaccelerator/.

How it works:
Over a 10-week period, 10-15 teams will convene for 3 week-long sessions (each team will receive a travel stipend). Teams will connect to and validate new customers, elevate their brands, pitch in front of new audiences, and continually refine their business models. The Civic Accelerator curricul...
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in and supports early stage social ventures. In our continuing commitment to experiment and refine our model, our Spring 2017 program will convene the most innovative ventures across the country focused around a common challenge.

Spring 2017 Challenge: How might we accelerate the financial well-being and economic mobility of underserved populations?

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting financial and digital inclusion among those in underserved and low-income communities.

Read the full challenge brief at cvcx.org/spring2017civicaccelerator/.

How it works:
Over a 10-week period, 10-15 teams will convene for 3 week-long sessions (each team will receive a travel stipend). Teams will connect to and validate new customers, elevate their brands, pitch in front of new audiences, and continually refine their business models. The Civic Accelerator curriculum is based on the principles of the "lean" start-up, design-thinking, and rapid experimentation.

In between the 3 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.

The top peer-selected teams will receive a seed investment at the end of the program.

Applicants should confirm their eligibility before applying - cvcx.org/faqs/

Spring 2017 Location/Dates:
April 17 – 20: Session 1 (Atlanta, GA)
May 16 – 19: Session 2 (New York City, NY)
June 20 – 23: Session 3 (Seattle, WA)

Applications Due By March 2nd, 5:00pm ET.

Questions? Email Megan at mchristenson@pointsoflight.org or Jasmine at jcato@pointsoflight.org.
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