Fall 2016 || Cohort 8

How might we improve educational outcomes and ensure workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region?

The Problem

In the U.S., 16-24 year-old young adults are 3x more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population and agrowing number lack workforce-ready skills, creating the largest gap in over 20 years. In Detroit,the youth unemployment rate is among the highest in the country at nearly 30 percent.

How might we improve educational outcomes and ensure workforce success for youth in Detroit and the Great Lakes region?

The Solution

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures, based in the Midwest or interested in expanding to the region, who are disrupting education and workforce development.

The Fall 2016 Civic Accelerator – a 10-week entrepreneur boot camp and investment fund – will accelerate innovative, scalable ventures that improve educational outcomes and prepare youth for the 21st Century workforce through:

Alternative Learning Models

STEM training platforms and programs, remote study, job-relevant training for K-12 students, and continuing education

Experiential Training

Alternative degree and credentialing opportunities, apprenticeships, and access to vocational training.

Employment Solutions

Work-ready skill development, Access to “gig economy” and “on-demand” jobs, employer savings/support products, portable/co-op benefits and services, talent matching and retentino platforms

Pathways to Economic Mobility through Work

On-ramps to higher-ed, career advancement and re-entry for non-traditional employees such as veterans, immigrants and refugees, and opportunity youth

Why CivicX?


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 Fall 2017 Accelerator kicks off in Atlanta in October. Check out our curriclum overview for more information on the events in each session.

Key Fall 2016 Dates

August 19 : Applications Due at 5:00 pm Eastern Time

August 31 : Finalists Notified

September 6-8 : Finalist Interviews

September 16 : Selected Ventures Announced

October 11-14 : Session 1 (Detroit)

November 15-18 : Session 2 (Chicago)

December 13-16 : Session 3 (Detroit)

Notable Alumni

The following CivicX graduates are leading innovations in workforce development for underserved populations across the country.


Offers a suite of recruitment tools that allow employers to successfully source and retain non-traditional talent


Prepares low opportunity individuals for careers in software development through immersive training


A post-secondary planning platform to engage students, parents, and educators in meeting post-secondary goals


Creates on-ramps for Blacks and Latinos to gain living wage jobs in the tech sector


Reach out and let us know! We’d love to chat more about the Civic Accelerator and YOU!

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