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Points of Light Civic Accelerator The Civic Accelerator invests in and supports seed stage social ventures that solve pressing social and environmental issues by engaging people!

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OVERVIEW

Description

How might we develop new pathways and increase access to economic opportunity for all?

Together with the PwC Charitable Foundation, the Starbucks Foundation, SAP and the Committee for Children New Mission Ventures Fund, the Points of Light Civic Accelerator is seeking innovative social ventures that are working to create greater, more accessible pathways to economic opportunity in communities across the U.S.

We believe three things:

1. The most promising social innovations come from entrepreneurs who apply their talent and tenacity to "do good" to solve society's most pressing challenges
2. Access to economic opportunity is a key ingredient for strong, healthy, and vibrant communities.
3. Scalable solutions to economic challenges must include engaging people and leveraging their time, talent, voice and money.

The potential solutions are many. From interventions in early childhood education and veteran re-entry, to financial literacy and 21st century skills development, we are interested in exploring a range of solutions and approaches together. We're looking for innovative technologies, platforms, and other models that create positive economic outcomes for the communities in which they operate.

Setting the Stage

1 in 5 children in the United States live in families with incomes below the poverty level
The US continues to face a skills gap of 4 million jobs unfilled
2 in 5 hiring managers find that recent grads are not prepared for a job in their field of study
The annual cost of the achievement gap in the United States is equal to that of an economic recession
While our challenge focuses on economic opportunity, we are interested in including the various dimensions of this issue such as youth development, education, workforce readiness, and community engagement and development.

This fall, the Civic Accelerator will host 12-15 innovative social ventures that are working to create greater, more accessible pathways to economic opportunity in communities across the U.S. The 12 week startup boot camp will convene for three, in-person, weeklong session in Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to undergoing the virtual curriculum. The participating ventures themselves will select the two ventures that will receive $50,000 investments.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

This fall, the Civic Accelerator will host 12-15 innovative social ventures that are working to create greater, more accessible pathways to economic opportunity in communities across the U.S. The 12 week startup boot camp will convene for three, in-person, weeklong session in Atlanta, San Francisco and Chicago, in addition to undergoing the virtual curriculum. The participating ventures themselves will select the two ventures that will receive $50,000 investments.

For more Information

www.pointsoflight.org/civic-incubator/apply

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Mobile
  • Other
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid

accepting applications or entries

ACCEPTED:

July 14, 2014 - August 15, 2014

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TEAM Members

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MEGAN CHRISTENSON

Points of Light Civic Accelerator program director, interested in early stage startups that engage people to create change

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TIM ADKINS

Harper's dad. Events and Marketing Coordinator at @PointsofLight @civicacceleratr. Vegan. Disruptor. Hail, Michigan. #TeamPakmode #civicX

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