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

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

From: Ross Baird <rossbaird at>

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

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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