The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first startup accelerator program focused on “civic ventures” – enterprises that inspire, equip and mobilize people to create positive change.
We’re looking for our 4th group of impact entrepreneurs to take part in the Civic Accelerator program, a 12-week boot camp dedicated to boosting early-stage ventures with missions that engage people as part of the solution.
The Civic Accelerator was launched in 2012, in partnership with Village Capital, and receives generous support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, both founding partners, and from our official hotel sponsor, Hilton Worldwide.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
We help social entrepreneurs launch successful, innovative solutions to our nation’s most intractable problems by capitalizing on three powerful trends in the world today:
Social Entrepreneurship + Civic Engagement + Accelerator Models.
Teams will have access to a scholarship fund for travel assistance, plus two of the most promising ventures will receive larger seed investment ($50,000 each) selected by the entrepreneurs themselves.
Access to and support from an elite group of experienced entrepreneurs, impact investors and community leaders — all committed to your success.
Training from industry experts on fundraising, startup engineering, marketing and scaling your startup.
PEER SUPPORT & NETWORKING
Direct connections with a peer group of social entrepreneurs from around the country — working closely over the intensive, yet collaborative program.
BRAND AWARENESS & CREDIBILITY
Access to a growing network of nonprofits, corporations and investors — allowing the world to become aware of your new civic venture.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AT WORK
To best understand our view of civic engagement, we have included three well-known organizations who all leverage people as a core part of their solution:
FIND OUT MORE
- Want to know more about the program features and curriculum?
- What are some of the key dates?
- Is your venture eligible?
- Have you met our team?