While nearly 80% of middle-skill jobs require basic digital proficiency, 1 in 6 Americans is 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.
How might we advance digital inclusion and 21st-century tech skills for all to succeed in the innovation economy?
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:
Equipping the Next Generation
Developing tech capabilities among k-12 students to prepare for tomorrow’s workplace.
Digital Skills for Economic Mobility
Increasing employability and access to high-wage opportunities for working adults across gender, race, class and geographies
Addressing Workplace Automation
Technical upskilling, on-site education and credentialing in industries undergoing digitization
Access to Digital Services
Affordable, equitable access to digital products and services for marginalized populations
Ventures selected and graduated in 10 cohorts since 2012
Racial and ethnic minority through unique selection model
Female founders in our portfolio
Entrepreneurs screened with more than 500 applications reviewed
The Spring 2018 Accelerator kicks off in San Francisco in April. Check out our curriculum overview for more information on the events in each session.
Key Spring 2018 Dates
- 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, NY)
- June 18 – 21: Session 3 (Atlanta, GA; along with the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service)
Partners and Supporters
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