Are You Part of a Startup Aiming to Do Good in the World? Could You Use Some Help?

Jul 16, 2014

Now entering its third year, the Points of Light Civic Accelerator brings together innovative ventures across the country focused around one common challenge: How might we create new pathways and increase access to economic opportunity for all?

civicx_stickies_flipped.jpgCivic Accelerator participants take part in an exercise.

How It Works

The three-month, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person (Atlanta, Silicon Valley and Chicago) and online with the goal of equipping each startup to seek investments and scale their innovative ideas. At the end of the program, ventures give presentations at a demo night attended by impact investors, foundations, corporate executives and social sector leaders. And there’s a twist. The participating entrepreneurs themselves decide which two most promising ventures, one for-profit and one nonprofit, will receive a $50,000 seed investment.

Who Should Apply

As recruiting for the fall 2014 Civic Accelerator program heats up, both for-profit and nonprofit startups that engage people to create greater access and pathways to economic opportunity are encouraged to apply. We're looking for innovative technologies, platforms and other models that create positive economic outcomes for the communities in which they operate. Potential solutions include (but are not limited to) innovations in:

  • Job/career readiness
  • Financial literacy
  • 21st century skills development
  • Youth development
  • Inclusive financial/social services
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Workforce development
  • STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education
  • Community revitalization

How to Apply

Apply online here. The fall 2014 Civic Accelerator application will close Aug. 15 and early bird application fee of $35 (regularly $50) will end on Aug. 3. Visit​ for more about the Civic Accelerator, to view the complete scheduleeligibility, FAQs, partners​ and more.

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