Civic Incubator

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


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.

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 Entrepreneurship: Doing Well by Doing Good

Ben KoteyToday’s guest post is written by Benjamin Kotey, the Venture and New Program Development intern in the Civic Incubator at Points of Light. He provides research support in new program developments and analysis of the social enterprise arena.

2012 – The Year to Accelerate Social Change

Jay CranmanToday's guest post is written by Jay Cranman, a hands-on leader, entrepreneur and all-around problem solver.  Jay serves as the VP, Venture Development for the Civic Incubator, a platform from which social entrepreneurs are a

Mission Fish joins eBay

Points of Light Institute’s Civic Incubator strategy of finding great ideas, nurturing them to scale and sending them out to change the world has reached a milestone. After eight years and more than $241 million raised for nonprofits in the U.S. and U.K., MissionFish, a Points of Light Institute business unit that allows people to use their purchasing power to direct contributions to their favorite charity through eBay Giving Works, is joining eBay.