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[liberationtech] "Civic Accelerator": looking for civic engagement social enterprises

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Thu Mar 14 19:39:19 PDT 2013


From: Ross Baird <rossbaird at gmail.com>

I’m writing to find great entrepreneurs for the second round of the Civic
Accelerator, a partnership that the organization I run, Village Capital, is
launching with Points of Light. The Civic Accelerator seeks “civic
ventures”—ventures that put people at the center of world-changing
solutions, including but not limited to the following:


   - Government transparency
   - Collaborative consumption
   - Civic engagement/campaign platforms
   - Crowdsourcing/crowdfunding
   - Volunteerism

Participating ventures in the Civic Accelerator will receive $10,000
upfront investment; at the end of the program, two ventures picked by their
peers will receive $50,000. The program will kick off May in Atlanta, and
wrap up in late July/early August in San Francisco, though we are looking
for ventures nationwide.

If you can think of any ventures, please write me with their names if you
have a second. Also, *feel free to forward this email to any entrepreneurs
or mailing lists you think might be interested. The application deadline is
March 18th, so please forward quickly!*

Also, we are currently recruiting ventures from across India for Village
Capital-CIIE: “Technology for Impact.” We are looking for invention-based
enterprises that currently operate, or plan to operate, in India; we’re
especially interested in education, health, energy, and agriculture
technologies, as well as mobile-based innovations serving the poor. If you
know of anyone, or want to apply, please visit www.vilcap-ciie.org.

Thank you so much for all your help and partnership, and looking forward to
what’s next!

All the best,

Ross Baird
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