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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 Fall 2017 program will convene the most innovative ventures across the country focused around a common challenge.

Fall 2017 Challenge: How might we better equip and connect underserved populations to sustainable employment opportunities in the innovation economy?

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting workforce development and skills training among those in underserved and low-income communities.

Read the full challenge brief at cvcx.org/fall2017civicaccelerator/.

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

Fall 2017 Challenge: How might we better equip and connect underserved populations to sustainable employment opportunities in the innovation economy?

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting workforce development and skills training among those in underserved and low-income communities.

Read the full challenge brief at cvcx.org/fall2017civicaccelerator/.

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/

Fall 2017 Location/Dates:
Oct 16 - 19: Session 1 (Atlanta, GA)
Nov 13 – 17: Session 2 (San Francisco, CA)
Dec 18 - 21: Session 3 (Chicago, IL)

Applications Due By August 25th, 5:00pm ET.

Questions? Email Megan at mchristenson@pointsoflight.org or Kathryn at kgelder@pointsoflight.org.
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Alistair de Bruijne
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