Harnessing the ingenuity of local residents and the power of technology in service of government and our public well-being, our Civic Accelerator program is a community-sourced innovation platform that works with residents to become civic inventors and civic entrepreneurs through part-time training in design-thinking, prototyping, and startup methodology. It also assists mid-stage, civic tech startups with strategy, legal, financing, UX, branding, and design challenges that can arise when developing a product for government or the general public.
In partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Civic Hall Labs tested aspects of its program for the six BigApps 2015 winning teams. Over the course of four months, six teams moved from promising prototypes to budding civic tech start-ups through intensive office hours, workshops, and curriculum. Within the four months, teams won grants, were accepted into startup accelerators, and won city government bids. Teams presented their milestones in an expo sponsored by Civic Hall and NYCEDC in May 2016.
Dan Kass, JustFix.NYC
“This program gave us the framework for approaching a variety of efforts, from product to fundraising. We came to office hours with concrete deliverables, and we left with confidence in those refined deliverables. More than that, the personalization and investment into JustFix by Civic Hall Labs was one of the best experiences for our team. They came to meet us where we are.”
Sam Frons, Addicaid
"Addicaid is so much more than a product after Civic Halls Labs. They helped us turn our an app into a structured company with clear near and long-term strategies."
Melanie Lavelle, Benefit Kitchen
“We could not have been more pleased to work with Civic Hall Labs after Big Apps. It was our first experience with an accelerator and their mentorship and sage advice brought us to a whole new level. We are looking forward to continue our partnership as their experience in both technology and civic minded ventures is incomparable.”