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Seeding Civic Startups: Apply Now

Posted by: Mark Marich on April 23, 2012 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

In 2009, Jennifer Pahlka had an idea. What if the best and brightest technology minds in America could “give back” by putting their talents to work in revolutionizing local government. That was the beginning of Code for America which now partners with eight cities—Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu Macon, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Santa Cruz—with 26 fellows whose backgrounds range from “back-end development experience to urban design.”

One project that CfA fellows are working on would streamline the permitting process for small business owners across multiple agencies. Another is an Open311 standard that would enable citizens to report local problems and track their status while giving government officials a better monitoring and decision-making tool.

Two-plus years—and one successful TED talk—after it was launched, Code for America has now started an accelerator program that provides seed funding, office space and mentorship to entrepreneurs operating in the civic space.

The four-month Code for America Accelerator program offers a $25,000 grant and a place to work in San Francisco plus support from industry, VC and civic leaders.

Aneesh Chopra, the first-ever CTO of the United States, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, Ron Conway, partner at SV Angel, and Peter Schwartz founder of Global Business Network, have agreed to be advisors.

The accelerator program is slated to start August 2012—the deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.

Category:  General  Tags:  Code for America, accelerator, Jennifer Pahlka, Aneesh Chopra, Caterina Fake,

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