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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.

We're now accepting applications for our fall 2014 class which is working to develop new pathways and increase access to economic opportunity for all.
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Applications for the Fall 2014 Civic Accelerator are now being accepted.

Apply Now! Funding

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

Learn More Mentoring

See How Our Mentors Can Help Shape Your Ideas

Learn More Entrepreneurial Education

Test and Validate Your Business Model

Learn More National Platform

Voice Your Ideas on a National Platform

Learn More Peer Support and Networking

Take Advantage of Peer Support and Networking

Learn More Brand Awareness and Credibility

Align Your Venture With Leading Businesses and Organizations

Learn More

Who should apply?

Together with the PwC Charitable Foundation, the Starbucks Foundation, SAP and the Committee for Children New Mission Ventures Fund, 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.


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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


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