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The Civic Accelerator Invests $100k in Two Peer-Selected Social Enterprises!

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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in SpringFour (Chicago) and The Virtual Scholarship Center(Atlanta) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both ventures are focused on financial well-being and economic mobility to help more individuals and families succeed.   The Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator and investment fund in the […]

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It Takes a Village to Prepare Students for Future Opportunities

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Each week, the Civic Accelerator blog features an entrepreneur(s) from our growing portfolio of more than 100 startups to share their “ah-ha” moments, trials, and successes in launching and running a social venture. This week’s venture profile is on, Ryan Hoch, Co-founder and CEO, and Kevin Hoffman, Co-founder and CTO of Overgrad.  The 30,000 ft […]

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Experience Hiring Differently with Skill Scout

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Each week, the Civic Accelerator blog features an entrepreneur from our growing portfolio of more than 100 startups to share their “ah-ha” moments, trials, and successes in launching and running a social venture. This week’s venture profile is on Elena Valentine, Co-founder and CEO of Skill Scout.  The 30,000 ft View Skill Scout provides a suite […]

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Small Batch, Big Impact

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Each week, the Civic Accelerator blog features an entrepreneur from our growing portfolio of more than 100 startups to share their “ah-ha” moments, trials, and successes in launching and running a social venture. This week’s venture profile is on Jake Schoenknecht, Director of the Small Batch Program at the Detroit Food Academy. The 30,000 ft […]

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Skill Scout & Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Receive $50K Peer Investment as Fall ’16 CivicX Wraps

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The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in Skill Scout (Chicago) and Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (Detroit) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both are ensuring workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region by launching new models that create greater opportunity and prepare young adults […]

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6 CivicX Alumni named Forbes 30 under 30!

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For the past 5 years, Forbes Magazine has kicked off the New Year by convening a select group of inspiring young leaders creating significant impact in their industry and awarding them with the designation of “30 under 30.”  This year, we are very proud to share that 6 Civic Accelerator alumni were named Forbes 30 under 30 in […]

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Points of Light Civic Accelerator Launches Fall 2016 Cohort, Focused on Educational and Workforce Success for Detroit Area Youth

With founding partner PwC Charitable Foundation, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, Hilton Worldwide, Dentons, and Singing for Change, the Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in 15 ventures addressing disconnected youth ATLANTA, September 22, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – […]

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Detroit: Future home of “You Can” Land

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Known historically as a city of innovators and creatives, the recent Detroit narrative is shadowed by bankruptcy, blight, and a struggling labor market. At 30%, Detroit’s rate of youth unemployment is the highest in the nation. The Fall 2016 Civic Accelerator program is designed to address this very issue, and represents our first initiative focused on […]

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My 3 Top Takeaways from New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Inaugural Civic Innovation Summit Keynote Speaker Last week was a busy one in the world of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and social innovators with SXSW in Austin and New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). This year I was invited to attend NOEW as a panelist at the inaugural New Orleans Civic Innovation Summit […]

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Putting Purpose On the Red Carpet

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This Sunday is the 88th Academy Awards – #OscarSunday in Twitter speak – the world’s biggest night in entertainment. Most years, I enjoy watching the Oscars from the comfort of a friend’s couch. But this year, I’ve been invited to join our good friends at PwC to attend “Putting Purpose on the Red Carpet,” their […]

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