CivicXcel is designed to help the next generation of civic innovators create a more just, equitable, and democratic society by turning their concept from an idea in their head, to a solution in someone’s hands. It is a rigorous, six month, hands-on program designed to help an individual or team create a viable, tested proof of concept.

In the first phase of the program, participants work side by side with experts in design thinking, ideation, and prototyping to create viable, well-researched, and tested prototypes. In the second phase, participants will work alongside successful entrepreneurs to identify a revenue model for a start-up or a strategy for a proof of concept, determining if they'll work best as a stand alone organizations, or as an internal project of an existing organization. The current cohort is running from October 2017- April 2018. 


2017 CivicXcel Participants:

BlacPac is a web-based application designed to close the information gap that exists for Black students who want to go to college. BlacPac's ultimate mission is to improve Black student retention in higher education so that their communities see the benefit of their skills and experiences.

On Board is a distributed passenger check-in system for New York City’s paratransit network (Access-A-Ride). By creating a public, independent database of passenger pickups, Grand Prize winner of the BigApps 2017 Transportation Challenge.

Civicly brings the power of ratings and reviews to government and the public sector. Citizens accustomed to using Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. will be empowered to rate city services, schools, public transportation, politicians, government agencies, utilities and more.

The PASSNYC Opportunity Explorer is an interactive, smart catalog and universal application for over 200 extracurricular opportunities for NYC students. Grand Prize winner of the BigApps 2017 Knowledge Challenge.

Klaatch is an organization formed to end loneliness and promote community among older adults. Klaatch provides the infrastructure, support and services enabling seniors to meet where and when they want and with people selected to form a positive group.

Dollar Van NYC is on a mission to improve access to low cost, reliable transportation for the approximately 900,000 New Yorkers living in “transit-starved” areas. Winner of the BigApps 2017 Judge’s Choice Award.

FAMin’s mission is to give families the power to stay connected and to share resources. People use FAMin to share with their family and friends, moments in their children’s lives and crowdfund needs in that child’s life. FAMin is changing the way family is done.


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Comcast NBCUniversal believes innovation is good for community. We support startups, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofits using the power of media and technology to benefit communities we serve.


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