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<div id="banner_txt"> <span class="top_cufon">NOW RECRUITING: CIVIC STARTUPS</span> </span><br/>
<span class="banner_des">Apply now for the CfA Accelerator.</span><br/>
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<h1>THE OPPORTUNITY</h1>
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<p>The past few decades have seen staggering advances in technology, but government has been left behind, saddled with outdated and inefficient software, while costs have exploded into the hundreds of billions. That means there’s both the imperative and the market for new, disruptive startups.</p>
<p>The Code for America Accelerator will "turbo-charge" 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.</p>
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by 2014</div>
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<div class="spend_bottom"><span class="redAm">Total: $172B</span><br/>
Video game market: ~$10B<br />
iOS app market: ~$2B
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<h1>THE PROGRAM</h1>
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<p>The 4-month program will focus on early stage startups, providing them the network and training needed to grow their businesses. Every month, the startup teams will be brought together in CfA’s San Francisco offices for intensive week-long curriculum led by industry experts; coupled with networking events with investors. Throughout the remainder of the program, the startups will have access to hands-on mentorship, administrative support, and office space.</p>
<p>The program will start August 2012; the deadline for applications is June 1, 2012. <a href="apply.html"> Apply now &#8594;</a>
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<p>A $25K grant to help you grow the business; no strings attached. We're not asking for any equity &#8212; we just want to help.</p>
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<p>A place to work in San Francisco if you want it &#8212; with desks, wifi, snacks, and (at least a few) cool people.</p>
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<p>Access to and support from a rockstar set of industry, VC, and civic leaders &#8212; all committed to your success.</p>
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<p>Direct connections to the folks you're trying to work with: tech-savvy government decision-makers.</p>
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<p>A big (and growing) stage for the world to become aware of your company, team, and product.</p>
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<p>Trainings from the industry's best on how to build a business, generate revenue, market, and scale.</p>
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<h1>THE TEAM</h1>
<div class="top_art_cont">The teams will have access to dozens of leading government officials with insight into the civic space, entrepreneurs with the experience of starting a company, and industry leaders with the know-how of taking a business to scale.
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<li><img src="images/ron_bouganim.png" rel="popover" title="Ron Bouganim" data-content="<span class='popovercontentstyle'>Director, CfA Accelerator</span><br/>Serial Entrepreneur" /></li>
<li><img src="images/aneesh_chopra.png" rel="popover" title="Aneesh Chopra" data-content="<span class='popovercontentstyle'>Advisor, CfA Accelerator</span><br/>Fmr. CTO, White House" /></li>
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<li><img src="images/ron_conway.png" rel="popover" title="Ron Conway" data-content="<span class='popovercontentstyle'>Advisor, CfA Accelerator</span><br/>Partner, SV Angel" /></li>
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<h1>THE PROOF</h1>
<div class="top_art_cont">We believe there's a tremendous opportunity out there for new civic startups, if for no other reason than that there's a host of startups already succeeding in this space. Check out these civic startups that are already having a real impact:<br/>
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<p>Got questions? Good. Here are some answers, and we'll keep adding to the list over time. Still not sure about something? No problem. Drop us a line (<a href="mailto:info@codeforamerica.org">email</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/codeforamerica">@codeforamerica</a>), and we'll get you squared away.</p>
<h2>What is the CfA Accelerator?</h2>
<p class="answers">The CfA Accelerator is an early stage seed startup accelerator focused on the civic space – that is, government, community, and the interaction between the two. Increasingly the way in which we engage with government is channeled through technology, which means there's a tremendous opportunity for entrepreneurs to build new, successful, and profitable startups that make the experience more like the consumer web. The CfA Accelerator aims to help early-stage civic startups get the financial, strategic, and operational support they need to succeed.</p>
<h2>What is Code for America?</h2>
<p class="answers">Founded by <a href="http://codeforamerica.org/author/jen">Jennifer Pahlka</a> in 2009, <a href="http://codeforamerica.org">Code for America</a> is a non-profit that's trying to make government work more like the internet: more open, more efficient, and more collaborative. Code for America launched with the CfA Fellowship, an annual program, which pairs passionate technologists with innovative city governments to build new solutions to civic problems. (To learn more about the broader context of CfA's work, see Jen's recent <a href="http://codeforamerica.org/2012/03/08/jennifer-pahlka-at-ted-video/">TED Talk</a>.)<br /><br /> The CfA Accelerator is an outgrowth of our learnings from the fellowship; primarily a realization that while change from the inside of government is necessary, it must come from the outside as well.</p>
<h2>What's a civic startup?</h2>
<p class="answers">Good question. We see three models for startups that'd fall within the civic space: 1) they provide services on top of open government data; 2) they bring modern web technologies directly to governments; 3) they change the way citizens ask, get, or need services from government.</p>
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