Civic startups are companies that use government data to produce software applications and government services. In the words of Philadelphia's CIO 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 dollar.
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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 August to November and those chosen receive $25K in no-strings 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.