While nearly 80% of middle-skill jobs require basic digital proficiency, 1 in 6 Americans are unable to use email or other basic online tools. Last year, 500,000 computing jobs were open nationwide, yet we produced less than 43,000 computer science graduates. This digital divide produces an economic disadvantage, with positions requiring mid-to-high digital skills offering, on average, $43 - $73K in annual salary, compared to $30K for low digital skill roles.
The Spring 2018 Civic Accelerator - a 10-week entrepreneur boot camp and investment fund - will accelerate 10-15 innovative, scalable ventures that bridge the digital divide and fill the growing digital talent pipeline through:
Developing tech capabilities among k-12 students to prepare for tomorrow’s workplace
Increasing employability and access to high-wage opportunities for working adults across gender, race, class and geographies
Technical upskilling, on-site education and credentialing in industries undergoing digitization
Affordable, equitable access to digital products and services for marginalized populations
Expert mentors, coaches, and guest speakers
Average increase in earned revenue within 1 year of acceleration
Of Founders report a significant increase in startup skills and network development
The Spring 2018 Accelerator kicks off in San Francisco in April. Check out our curriclum overview for more information on the events in each session.
March 2: Applications Due at 5:00 pm Eastern Time
March 14: Finalists Notified
March 19 – 22: Finalist Interviews
March 23: Selected Ventures Announced
April 17 – 20: Session 1 (San Francisco, CA)
May 21 – 24: Session 2 (New York or Philadelphia – TBD)
June 19 – 22: Session 3 (Atlanta, GA; along with the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service)
The following CivicX graduates are leading innovations in digital inclusion across the country.
Eliminates the digital divide through high-speed, low-cost Internet, computers, and free digital literacy training
Creates pathways into the technology industry for under-represented students
Teaches students with cognitive disabilities social and work-ready skills for the tech-driven workforce
Creates on-ramps for Blacks and Latinos to gain living wage jobs in the tech sector