Civic Accelerator

Friday Volunteer News Round Up

Happy Friday! This week has been a busy one, National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and now it's Global Youth Service Day! What service activities did you partake in? Share with us in comments!

The Digital Native Fallacy: Teaching New Skills While Learning From Their Strengths

Today's blog is another in the series from Huffington Post's blog posts featuring thoughts and ideas from Civic Accelerator participants, a program that helps civic startups successfully launch and scale solutions to our nation's social challenges by providing mentorship, education and investment. This is written by Jared Chung founder of CareerVillage, republished from the Huffington Post Social Entrepreneurship section Feb. 28, 2013.

Change Notes: Civic Accelerator Gives Today's Start-Ups a Boost

Friends,

Twenty years ago, a group of friends and I started HandsOn Atlanta in a bar by passing a beer mug for donations. I can still vividly recall the energy and excitement of dreaming up something new, of being a part of creating a way for people to participate. So it's a real thrill to be able to play a part now in supporting the development of the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

5 Lessons As We Launch Civic Startups

Today’s post is written by Ayesha Khanna, president of the Civic Incubator, which incubates and nurtures emerging civic ventures.

Points of Light has partnered with Village Capital to launch the first national startup accelerator program focused on “civic ventures” – enterprises that inspire, equip and mobilize people to create positive change. In November 2012, our inaugural class of 10 nonprofit and for-profit civic ventures started their term in the Civic Accelerator, and they are preparing to graduate at the end of January.

BOULD Millennial Impact Challenge

BOULD, a member of the Civic Accelerator, a joint venture between Points of Light and Village Capital, has been named a winner of the Millennial Impact Challenge. The competition was a nationwide search for the best social-impact projects launched and developed by innovators under the age of 30.

Dreams, Grit, and Trust: Foundations of a Civic Startup Accelerator

Ayesha Khanna is president of the Civic Incubator at Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. She and her colleagues are about to launch the nation’s first accelerator to invest solely in civic ventures that inspire, equip or mobilize people to create positive change. Here she reflects on why.

Dreams, Grit, and Trust: Foundations of a Civic Startup Accelerator

Today's post is republished from GOOD.is on Nov. 8, written by Ayesha Khanna, president of the Civic Incubator at Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

Whenever I’m looking for inspiration or a reminder of the impact a few committed people can make, I go back to the time I spent in India after college. I was part of a small group made up of women from the villages of Dayalpur (outside New Delhi), health professionals from the United Kingdom, village elders, an innovative nonprofit and Mother Teresa’s order of nuns. Together, we worked to improve access to education and build a health center.

How to Run a Successful Startup: Change By Being Exactly the Same

Today's second blog for the Investing in Innovation series, is written by Dan Morrison, founder and CEO of Citizen Effect.

The Investing in Innovation blog series highlights world-changing ideas and startups and is made possible by the Civic Accelerator, a Points of Light and Village Capital venture. If you would like to have your civic-focused startup considered for inclusion, please inquire here.

Check Your Ego at the Door

Today's guest post, first of the Investing in Innovation series, is written by TJ Muehleman, co-founder and CTO of We&Co.

The Investing in Innovation blog series highlights world-changing ideas and startups and is made possible by the Civic Accelerator, a Points of Light and Village Capital venture. If you would like to have your civic-focused startup considered for inclusion, please inquire here.

As a graduate of Atlanta Village Capital and a soon-to-be-graduate of Georgia Tech’s Flashpoint, We&Co has the unique perspective of having gone through two different accelerators. So, I didn’t hesitate when I was asked to offer up my thoughts on what to keep in mind when doing an accelerator program.

Civic Accelerator Celebrates Partnership

More than 150 social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community partners came together as part of a Community Innovation Breakfast on June 19, hosted by Starbucks, to celebrate a new strategic partnership and the call to action for supporters of the Civic Accelerator, a new Points of Light and Village Capital venture.