City Accelerator

We’ve taken the best from start-up accelerators, added top-notch prototyping curriculum, and design-thinking expertise to create a program that accelerates the best citizen-driven solutions to our most pressing civic and social problems. We ensure this process leverages and informs the open data and civic tech movements.

Teams receive the following resources to further develop their solutions. These resources may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentorship: Challenge teams will receive feedback on their concept and refine their story through mentorship and presentation coaching from subject-matter experts;

  • Peer-to-Peer Accountability: Regular check-ins with fellow entrepreneurs who will monitor their progress and keep them on track towards reaching pre-determined milestones;

  • Community: Access to a diverse community of members through our partnerships who are committed to using their work to create positive social and environmental change, and to support each other towards achieving success;

  • Local Government: engagement  opportunities (e.g., interview city staff, etc) to enable citizens to more closely understand the civic challenges at hand;

  • Technology: Challenge teams will have the option to build their solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform free of charge and receive hands-on training from Microsoft staff;

  • Partner Resources: Access to additional resources such as discounted classes at General Assembly and membership to local coworking spaces.

Coming Soon: Accelerate: LA