The Civic Accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first national 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 three month, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each startup to seek investments and scale their social innovation.

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    Learn more about our Spring 2015 Program.

  • 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

Design Challenge

How might we create greater opportunities for women and girls to succeed in today’s economy?

Challenge Brief

Together with the PwC Charitable Foundation and the Starbucks Foundation, the Civic Accelerator is seeking innovative social ventures that are designing solutions to society’s most intractable social issues with a gender lens.

The potential solutions are many. From interventions in STEM education, workforce, leadership and 21st century skills development, to innovative childcare and public safety solutions, we are interested in exploring a range of solutions and approaches together. We’re looking for innovative technologies, platforms, and other models that create greater opportunity for all women and girls to succeed.

Click here​ to read the Spring 2015 Announcement at Women's Entrepreneurship Day in Fast Company.

What people are saying

“The Civic Accelerator enabled Hello Tractor to build deep connections with likeminded peers and mentors as part of a network to help us grow and succeed.”
-- Jehiel Oliver, Founder, Hello Tractor

“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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