The Acumen Civic Accelerator was launched in 2012 as part of Points of Light, with founding support from the PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks, as the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on for-profit and nonprofit early-stage social impact ventures. We joined +Acumen in 2019 to add to its expansive accelerator courses.

+Acumen, a part of the global nonprofit Acumen, offers world-class online courses that empower you to think differently, learn collaboratively and join a global community of over 450,000 learners and doers with a burning desire to change the world.

Graduated Ventures
Average increase in earned revenue & capital in first year of acceleration
Entrepreneurs Trained & Supported
Individuals mobilized by portfolio ventures
Individuals served by portfolio venture
of founders report increase in startup skills & business fundamentals

Why CivicX

Curriculum from industry experts on revenue generation, funding strategies, and customer acquisition.
Work and learn from entrepreneurs from around the country.
Connections to impact investors, business leaders, social enterprises and strategic partners.
The two most promising ventures each receive a $50,000 investment as determined by the cohort.
Assist ventures post-graduation with growth strategy, funding connectionsand strategic advice.
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Venture Eligibility

Who is eligible for the Civic Accelerator Program?

The Acumen 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. For more information, please see Eligibility below.

Who is behind the Civic Accelerator program?

The Acumen Civic Accelerator was founded with support from the PwC Charitable Foundation and The Starbucks Foundation.

Does the Civic Accelerator support both for-profit and nonprofit ventures?

Yes. We are agnostic to legal structure and instead focus on the mission and impact that a social enterprise can have on the world.

What are the terms for the $50,000 peer investment program?

At the conclusion of the Civic Accelerator program, two teams will be selected to receive $50,000 investments each, with the decision being made by the entrepreneurs themselves. The terms of the investment vary depending on the specific program. Please refer to the particular program page for more information.

Does the Civic Accelerator cost anything?

No, the Civic Accelerator does not charge for participation. Ventures are, however, responsible for their travel and lodging expenses during the program. Travel stipends (up to $1,200 per team for air travel during the program) and hotel accommodations are available for selected ventures, and most meals during the program are provided by Acumen.

What are the logistics for the Civic Accelerator program?

The Civic Accelerator is a 10-week program, bringing together two- to three-person teams from across the U.S., We plan to convene the entire cohort of 10 to 15 teams for three four-day sessions or retreats over the course of the 10 weeks. In addition, teams will be grouped based on their geography, paired with local mentors and required to meet weekly (through virtual mediums) during the times when they are not together as a single cohort.

How do I apply for the Civic Accelerator program?

Applications for the Civic Accelerator program open each year in January and July. Please refer to our Current Programs or complete a Venture Inquiry Form if you’d like to learn more!


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