The Civic Accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in and supports seed stage social ventures that solve pressing social and environmental issues by engaging people.

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    Learn more about our fall 2014 challenge.

  • Funding

    Compete For a Chance At a $50,000 Seed Investment

  • Mentoring

    See How Our Mentors Can Help Shape Your Ideas

  • Entrepreneurial Education

    Test and Validate Your Business Model

  • National Platform

    Voice Your Ideas on a National Platform

  • Peer Support and Networking

    Take Advantage of Peer Support and Networking

  • Brand Awareness and Credibility

    Align Your Venture With Leading Businesses and Organizations

Who should apply?

Together with our founding partners, the PwC Charitable Foundation and the Starbucks Foundation, and SAP and the Committee for Children and Hilton Worldwide, the Points of Light Civic Accelerator is seeking innovative social ventures that are working to create greater, more accessible pathways to economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenge.

In 2014, Points of Light committed to bring its Civic Accelerator program to an increased number of early stage for-profit, non-profit, and hybrid civic start-ups. Points of Light will extend the Civic Accelerator national platform by implementing regional programming in the Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest, and extending the core accelerator programming to include new fast-pitch events and short-form accelerator sessions. The number of civic entrepreneurs who come through its program each year will double to 300, and they in turn will engage over 375,000 individuals as they implement innovative solutions to problems in areas such as education, the environment, economic, and community development, and technology-for-good.

What people are saying

“I just want to get to work - the accelerator literally restructured my calendar and to-do lists and helped our entire team reprioritize.”
-- Ted Gonder, Executive Director of MoneyThink and Civic Accelerator Alum

“The Civic Accelerator team delivers great value to investors. Their innovative and rigorous boot camp significantly upgrades both the business models of the ventures and the management competencies of the entrepreneurs. The result is a portfolio of investment ready civic ventures. We've already invested in one venture and look forward to investing in more."
-- Dave Viotti, Executive Director the Westly Foundation

As Seen In

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