The Acumen Civic Accelerator, formerly part of Points of Light and joining +Acumen in 2019, is focused on accelerating for-profit and nonprofit early-stage ventures that are addressing critical social challenges. Each Civic Accelerator program provides up to $100,000 in funding for two promising social startups.
Presented by the PwC Charitable Foundation
We live in an era of unprecedented speed with respect to technical innovation and adoption. A 2017 Brookings report found that nearly two-thirds of new jobs created since 2010 require either medium or high-level digital skills, yet in the US, a 50% shortage of computer/IT graduates is expected by 2024. The consequences of this skills gap extend to individuals and communities. Individuals entering the workforce, without market-ready technical skills, may face barriers to enter middle-skill opportunities and higher earning potential, as those jobs requiring technical skills pay an average of 17% higher salaries.
How might we create a future of work where all can succeed in the innovation economy?
The Acumen Civic Accelerator: Future of Work, presented by the PwC Charitable Foundation – a 10-week entrepreneur boot camp – will help accelerate 10-15 innovative, scalable ventures that increase workforce access, readiness and success through:
Equipping the Next Generation
Developing tech capabilities among K-12 students to prepare for tomorrow’s workplace
Digital Skills for Economic Mobility
Training and access to higher-wage opportunities for working adults across gender, race, class and geographies
Addressing Workplace Automation
Technical upskilling, on-site education and credentialing in industries undergoing digital transformation