Code for America launches accelerator to ‘turbo-charge’ civic startups

 

Code for America AcceleratorCode for America officially launched its Code for America Accelerator to “‘turbo-charge’ select civic startups by providing them an opportunity to amplify market awareness of their product, to access a wealth of business training and advice, and to be introduced to a broad network of potential investors and civic leaders.”

The 4-month program program begins August 2012, and application deadline is June 1.

How it works (from CfA):

  • Three to five companies will be selected to participate in the program
  • The program will run for four months, beginning August 1, 2012
  • Each team will be granted $25,000 in funding as well as access to CfA office space for the term
  • Teams will receive guidance from high-profile civic and industry mentors and advisors
  • Teams can reside anywhere in the country, but will gather in San Francisco one week a month for “retreats” featuring intensive training and networking

Apply here.

Luke Fretwell is the founder of GovFresh and a strategy consultant for CivicActions and NuCivic. More about him here. He can be reached at luke@govfresh.com.