The accelerator is a four month program (Aug-Nov) providing civic startups with the network and training to grow their businesses. In past years, startups have received 100+ hours of mentorship from industry leaders, pitched to hundreds of government officials and gained access to numerous civic tech investors and sales leads. For more on the types of startups we work with visit codeforamerica.org/geeks/our-startups. Notes from the Field.
Applications for the accelerator program open in Spring.
Interested? Email startups[at]codeforamerica.org
What is a Civic Startup?
Civic startups are companies that use government data to produce software applications and government services. In the words of Philadelphia’s CIO Mark Headd, “a ‘civic startup’ is a startup company with a focus on civic improvement or social good.“
Where Would I be Working?
Every month for the course of the program, you'll convene at Code for America HQ in downtown San Francisco for a week of mentorship, meetings and training. Many teams travel back and forth between SF and their hometowns for the duration of this program.
Will I Receive Wages During the Accelerator?
In addition to receiving training and mentorship, startups receive $25,000 USD per team to grow their businesses.
Eligibility and Selection
We are looking for startups who are providing services on top of open data, bringing modern web technology to governments, and changing the way citizens request or receive services from government. Code for America seeks a diverse Accelerator class in all regards. We seek applications from a broad spectrum of companies — in size, in the definition of civic, and in geographic location. And we encourage female and minority founded startups to apply.
The accelerator is a four month program (Aug-Nov) providing civic startups with the network and training to grow their businesses. Startups present onstage in October at the Code for America Summit to an audience of influential mayors, city managers, civic officials and peers. For more info on program timing email email@example.com for details.