COMMUNITAS VENTURES (ACCELERATOR)
Communitas Ventures is a 3-month social venture accelerator program in the Bronx. This program is designed for social changemakers who have big ideas on how to positively impact the Bronx and ultimately the world. Are you an Entrepreneur of color and/or a woman? Are you from the Bronx and/or passionate about sparking change in the Bronx? Click the button below and fill out the application.
Applications Open Mid-January
Tune in then!
Impact Issues that we're accepting applications for:
According to county health rankings, the Bronx came in last out of 62 counties 30% of adults are obese with 17% being smokers.
The Bronx has a 28% dropout rate compared to the 13% of the United States only 19% have a Bachelors compared to 31% of the United States
The household poverty rate of 28.4% was much higher than the citywide rate of 18.4%
3-month 10 session curriculum back on the lean startup method focused on the Bronx.
Connection to mentors who are experts in their field who can give you feedback on your startup
One startup will win 10k.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
1. WHAT IS A SOCIAL VENTURE?
A Social Venture is a for-profit or non-profit that seeks both social impact and financial returns through its business model.
2. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICATION?
We look for three things: Problems, Solutions, and Entrepreneurs.
The entrepreneurs need to know and understand the problem inside and out. The entrepreneurs should have experienced this problem and are passionate about solving it. We also look for entrepreneurs who care about the Bronx and who are either from the community or have a strong connection to it.
We like to see that the problem is something that is facing the community and the world around us. We want to know that you understand the facts about the problem as well and are not simply going off of your feeling.
Finally, we want to know that your idea is unique, innovative and realistic; It has to have the potential to become a startup and work towards solving the issue in your community.
3. WHAT DAYS AND TIMES DOES THE PROGRAM RUN?
The program will run one evening of the week from 6-9pm There are 10 sessions and a demo day. You must complete 9/10 sessions to be eligible for the prize.
4. WHATS'S THE END GOAL FOR THE STARTUPS THAT ENTER INTO COMMUNITAS VENTURES?
We want the entrepreneurs to enter into Communitas Ventures with an idea on how to solve their problem and turn that into a startup. By the end of the program, we want the entrepreneur to have a clear understanding of the various parts of their business and how to hit the ground running and make money while making an impact.
Our goal is to have the business idea to be viable and operational within 6 months of the completion of the program.