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Entrepreneurs: Here’s How to Nail Your Startup Accelerator Application

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Note from Megan: It’s that time of year again for the Civic Accelerator.  Back by popular demand, we dug up our Application Tips and Tricks Post from Cohort 4 and added a few additional examples and insights.  Enjoy! For many startup accelerator programs, the written application is your first and only chance to prove why your venture deserves […]

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We Will Never Achieve Financial Inclusion Without Digital Equity

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Since 2008, the economic recovery in the U.S. has gained momentum for many, however financial security remains out of reach for low-income families, young adults and ethnic and racial minorities. In today’s economy, digital skills and financial literacy are essential to obtaining living wage employment and achieving economic mobility. Yet, traditional models are failing to close the […]

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NOW HIRING: Pipeline Development Associate

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To apply: email resume and cover letter to Megan Christenson   Background In 2012, Points of Light launched the first startup accelerator program and investment fund focused on “civic ventures” – social enterprises that inspire, equip and mobilize people to create positive change. We are seeking a team of part-time “Pipeline Development Associates” to aid […]

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2015 CivicX Year in Review

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The Civic Accelerator had a great 2015.  We graduated our 6th cohort of social entrepreneurs scaling solutions benefiting women and girls, published our first 3-year impact report, launched a new website, and piloted Rapid Innovation Summits to support a broader audience of social innovators.   With too many successes to highlight, our team took a look back on the year to celebrate […]

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Houston Innovation Community Highlights 2 Days of Problem Solving

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Last week the Civic Accelerator launched Innovate Houston, the first of 3 rapid innovation summits to be held in cities across the south. The series opened to rave reviews! Rallying to support the Points of Light’s 2015 Conference on Volunteering and Service, we set out to engage entrepreneurs and nonprofit, corporate, government and citizen leaders […]

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Rev it up to 88 mph: Shaping the year 2045, today.

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Let’s go back, to the future. On Wednesday, October 21, the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service closed out their 3 days with a focus on Future Forward, painting a picture of what the future of volunteerism might look like and more importantly, how we can get there. Civic Accelerator alum and founder of Civic Creatives, […]

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Reflecting back on SOCAP15

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Fresh off our trip to San Francisco for the annual Social Capital Markets convening (SOCAP15), we want to share our lessons learned from the dozens of incredible conversations, expert speakers, and events throughout the week.  It was a long 4 days but between leading workshops, reuniting with CivicX alumni, making new connections and sparking new partnerships, we were […]

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There’s an app for that

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What’s your most personal possession? For a social entrepreneur, their smartphone can often take form of a growth on their hand rather than a piece of technology, giving a new meaning to the phrase, “glued at the hip.” But what is that keeps them so occupied? What are they looking at, tapping and typing? We […]

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DIY Marketing Toolkits

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It is widely known that the social enterprise and broader startup communities are highly competitive. Yet, over the past several years we’ve witnessed the culture of solidarity among entrepreneurs and those who support them. Whether you’re a local social enterprise or a fast-growing national nonprofit, your peers and supporters want to help. In fact, people […]

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