In the U.S., 43% of households cannot fully afford a monthly budget of basic human services including food, housing, healthcare, transportation, and childcare, which requires families to make costly decisions and trade-offs. This perpetuates the fact that more than half of Americans have little or no savings at all and are not able to save or invest in their future, let alone withstand financial shock.
How might we increase financial resilience and economic mobility for all to succeed in the innovation economy?
The Fall 2018 Civic Accelerator – a 10-week entrepreneur boot camp and investment fund – will accelerate innovative, scalable ventures that improve financial outcomes, spur economic mobility and prepare families for financial success in the 21st century economy through:
Inclusive Financial Health
Financial education, Affordable digital tools and internet access, Financial counseling, Access to social networks, Soft skill development
Financial Resilience Pathways
Budgeting tools & training, Savings products & incentives, Debt reduction methods, Affordable access to credit, Pathways to asset building & home ownership
Opportunity through Innovation
Work-ready skill development, Access to “gig economy” jobs, Employer savings/support products, Portable/co-op benefits and services, Talent matching platforms
Cohort 12 – VENTURES
Key Fall 2018 Dates
October 7 – First Look, Atlanta
The Civic Accelerator First Look is a (friendly) Shark Talk-style event. Our ventures will share how they are accelerating financial resilience and economic mobility for all to succeed in the innovation economy, while you – the audience – challenge each team to think bigger and better. Join us for networking, food and drinks following the program.
November 14 – Investor Café, Chicago
The Investor Café is a unique opportunity for investors, funders and potential customers to meet with promising entrepreneurs and share insights and feedback around their informal pitch through structured, coffee-shop style conversations in a fast-paced, round table setting.
This is a non-solicitation event with shared learning and relationship building as the core objective.
December 19 – Executive Pitch, Philadelphia
The Civic Accelerator Executive Pitch is a unique twist on the typical “Demo Day”. It is an opportunity for select business, philanthropic and impact investment leaders to share insights and feedback with the graduating ventures in the Civic Accelerator around their business presentations in an interactive, intimate mock-boardroom setting.
Partners and Supporters
About Points of Light
Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. The Civic Accelerator serves as a catalyst for innovation by supporting, investing and helping to grow the impact of social entrepreneurs and their ventures.