Points of Light Civic Accelerator Announces Partnership With Hilton Worldwide

ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2013 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today its newest partner, Hilton Worldwide. Hilton Worldwide will be the official hotel sponsor of the Civic Accelerator.    

The Civic Accelerator, a 12-week startup boot camp that includes mentoring, entrepreneur education, peer support and networking, will host its boot camp sessions in three locations over the course of the program – Atlanta, Silicon Valley and New York City. During these meetings, entrepreneurs participating in the accelerator will stay at the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of hotels, where the program will also host pitch practice sessions and other entrepreneur-focused gatherings.

"Peer learning is an important component of our program and it is, therefore, critical to create ways for the entrepreneurs to connect and learn from one another in unstructured moments while in the program," said Ayesha Khanna, President of the Points of Light Civic Incubator, home of the Civic Accelerator. “Thanks to Hilton Worldwide, we’re now able to offer a group of dynamic, deserving impact entrepreneurs a convenient, shared space to relax and collaborate."

Shared work spaces, or co-working spaces, are a persistently growing trend in the entrepreneur community. Building off of that trend, recent developments in the startup community allude to the importance of shared “non-working” space as well.

“Hilton Worldwide is proud to partner with the Civic Accelerator by providing shared spaces where social entrepreneurs can come together to work, stay and recharge as a group to discuss ideas, feedback and collaboration to help their ventures succeed,” said Jennifer Silberman, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Hilton Worldwide. “The work of the Civic Accelerator is critical to addressing our societal challenges by investing in early-stage civic ventures and helping them build their collective capacity to be successful.”  

Hilton Worldwide works closely with Points of Light in a variety of programming to support its Global Team Member Volunteer program as well as bring the spirit and generosity of hospitality to the communities it serves around the world.

About the Points of Light Civic Accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first 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 innovations. 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 its official hotel sponsor, Hilton Worldwide. For more information, go to www.civic-x.org and follow @PointsofLight #CivicX.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 10 world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 665,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonorsTM. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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For more information or to schedule an interview the Points of Light Civic Accelerator or Hilton Worldwide please contact Megan Christenson at mchristenson@pointsoflight.org