Ayesha Khanna

Ayesha Khanna is the president of the Points of Light Civic Incubator, which puts people at the center of change by supporting social entrepreneurs and early stage civic ventures around the world. As part of this role, she founded the Civic Accelerator and oversees the organization’s global efforts.

The Civic Accelerator Invests $100k in Two Peer-Selected Social Enterprises!

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator announced today that it will invest $50,000 each in SpringFour (Chicago) and The Virtual Scholarship Center(Atlanta) – one for-profit and one nonprofit startup. Both ventures are focused on financial well-being and economic mobility to help more individuals and families succeed.   The Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator and investment fund in the […]

Read More

My 3 Top Takeaways from New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Inaugural Civic Innovation Summit Keynote Speaker Last week was a busy one in the world of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and social innovators with SXSW in Austin and New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). This year I was invited to attend NOEW as a panelist at the inaugural New Orleans Civic Innovation Summit […]

Read More

This Sunday is the 88th Academy Awards – #OscarSunday in Twitter speak – the world’s biggest night in entertainment. Most years, I enjoy watching the Oscars from the comfort of a friend’s couch. But this year, I’ve been invited to join our good friends at PwC to attend “Putting Purpose on the Red Carpet,” their […]

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 […]

PwC Selects STE(A)M Truck for Innovation in Education

From the left to the right — Aashish Vats, Brianna Blefko, Zachary Cornish, Daniel Alfano, Anna Fishbon, Jason Martin (Charity Winner) “It’s like wood-shop class on wheels, but with 3-D printers and way more fun.” This was founder Jason Martin’s description about what his social venture was about when we first met him as he […]

Read More

This post is by Ayesha Khanna, founder of the Points of Light Civic Accelerator and was originally posted on pointsoflight.org. For all the strides women have made in the workplace, consider this: Women are still only earning 75 percent of what men do. Women make up less than 25 percent of the science, technology, engineering […]