The Points of Light Civic Accelerator (CivicX) is the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on “civic ventures,” For-profit and nonprofit early-stage ventures that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 10-week, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each venture to seek investments and scale their social innovation.
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 Points of Light 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 Points of Light Civic Accelerator was founded with support from the PwC Charitable Foundation and The Starbucks Foundation, in partnership with Village Capital. Program sponsorship provided by Capital One, U.S. Small Business Administration, The Vodafone Americas Foundation, Hilton, Dentons and Singing for Change.

What is the relationship between Points of Light and Village Capital?

Both Points of Light and Village Capital are separate, stand-alone 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations. We have a shared mission around supporting social entrepreneurs which brought us together to launch the Civic Accelerator program.

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. If the team is a for-profit, the investment will be made as a convertible debt note with 8 percent interest, at a 20 percent discount or convertible to 8 percent equity after two years. If the team is a nonprofit, the investment will be made as a revenue share agreement tied to earned (unrestricted) revenue. All returns from these investments will be reinvested in future startups participating in the Civic Accelerator program.

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 Points of Light.

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. Find out more about the Civic Accelerator schedule.

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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