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Program Overview

Civic startups are companies that use government data to produce software applications and government services. In the words of former Philadelphia Chief Data Officer, Mark Headd, "a 'civic startup' is a startup company with a focus on civic improvement or social good."

Code for America's programs provides civic startups with funding, mentorship, and the right connections to navigate the government tech ecosystem. The program works to bolster a thriving and competitive marketplace where governments are offered new technology options at good value for taxpayer dollars.

Program Contact:startups[at]codeforamerica.org

For Startups & Geeks

For Governments

For Sponsors


The Code for America Accelerator “turbo-charges” 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 program runs from July to October and those chosen receive $25K in funding, mentorship from celebrated civic tech veterans and access to the Code for America network.


The CfA Incubator is a no-nonsense, highly focused experience helping teams build a sustainable business from their current product ideas. The program runs from December to June to support the sustainability of applications emerging from the fellowship, to develop apps into scalable business enterprises, and to retain these talented civic technologists where they are most needed: strengthening the ecosystem.


The mentors in the startup program are leaders in the technology and public administration space on a variety of topics, such as customer research, entrepreneurship, finance, legal, marketing, product, sales, strategy, UX and venture capital.

Sponsors & Funders

the Passport Foundation and the Ron Conway Family Foundation