Deadline: June 1, 2020 00:00 CEST| Apply here
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Dates: August 1, 2020 - July 31, 2022
Eligibility: CivStart is a stage-agnostic accelerator, but it is not working to accelerate startups who are still in the product development and ideation stage. They do seek startups that have proven solutions and teams in place.
Location: Washington DC, the United States

CivStart Startup Program 2020

CivStart is the only accelerator that focuses on the state and local government market. With an ecosystem of public sector decision-makers who appreciate and realize the importance of working with and understanding your perspectives and solutions, it specializes exclusively within the state & local government market.

CivStart guides and accelerates the adoption of cutting-edge technology solutions at the local level by connecting governments, startup companies, and corporate partners to steward good ideas and address the needs of local communities through a technology lens.

CivStart’s vision is to create an honest ecosystem producing unique and impactful innovations for state & local governments and the communities they serve.

Are you changing communities for the better?

Do you have a working solution that is growing stronger, healthier, safer or more inclusive communities? Do you need insights and guidance for navigating the thousands of unique state and local government markets?

CivStart accelerator program provides 24 months of customer development, product development, network building, and expert guidance for startups, all in preparation for securing state & local contracts.

The CivStart Accelerator is unique in that its mentors, advisors, and founders are all experts in state & local government challenges and opportunities. Not only will they help you craft your solutions to meet these challenges, but they provide direct exposure to interested state and local governments providing honest feedback that may lead to new opportunities.

The CivStart ecosystem and curriculum is designed to help cohort members position themselves as more than just government vendors, but as true partners in sustainable and inclusive change.

Why participate

  • Access to state & local government decision makers

Identified in collaboration with CivStart as priority targets, it reaches out to leaders and key decision makers who can benefit from your solution. CivStart facilitates introductions and meetings for cohort members. Through this process, the accelerator provides one-on-one support to cohort members and help them see opportunities through the entirety of the government sales cycle.

  • Market intelligence

CivStart has a holistic understanding of the state & local ecosystem, including who the key stakeholders are, what budgetary priorities they have, upcoming opportunities for change, and more. Research and resources help our startups develop effective customer acquisition strategies.

  • Redefining market strategies

Through programming and development opportunities, the accelerator helps startups clearly understand state & local government challenges, and navigate the complex processes that lead to successful contracts. The network of government and industry expert mentors provide even more specialized expertise and guidance.

  • Media and comms support

The accelerator provides guidance to startups to create, implement, and manage effective strategies for communications by providing them with a comprehensive understanding of PR and marketing best practices within the state & local ecosystem.

  • Tapping into industry experts

CivStart cohort members have access to its Advisory Board of seasoned professionals, who commit time and resources and can provide unparalleled insight and advice into growing businesses in this space. Startups have access to members through mentorships, virtual learning opportunities, office hours and more.

  • Getting your product in front of decision makers, investors, and thought leaders

Through the and strategic partners’ events, both virtual and in-person, CivStart gives cohort members a platform to showcase market-ready solutions to an audience of state & local decision makers, investors, thought leaders, press, and trade influencers. Through the partnerships with like-minded organizations, trade groups, and the annual Demo Day, CivStart makes sure its startups get in front of the right people.

Interested in applying for the CivStart Startup Program 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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