San Francisco, April 5, 2018 – Sparrow, a US mobile carrier with a social mission, announced that Points of Light, the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures, selected Sparrow, along with 12 other social ventures, for their Spring accelerator program “working to advance digital inclusion and 21st-century tech skills for all to succeed in the innovation economy.” (Points of Light, 2018)
“It’s an honor and delight to participate in this amazing effort to further digital inclusion. We’re especially excited for the opportunity to join forces with Points of Light and other social ventures who share the mission of furthering civil society and creating a more inclusive world.” Amy Tucker, Sparrow cofounder.
The 10-week program kicks off in San Francisco in April, alongside the first ever SEED Conference of impact investors, with follow-on sessions in New York and Atlanta.
Sparrow is a for-profit and for-good U.S. wireless carrier with a mission to end digital poverty and connect people with purpose. Sparrow customers get high-quality wireless service, friendly care, fair pricing and make a difference, just by using their cell phone. For every Sparrow subscriber, a smartphone or service plan is donated to someone in need with a focus on youth, women, refugees and homeless people in both the U.S. and abroad.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
About the Points of Light Civic Accelerator
The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is the first accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on civic ventures – for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The three-month, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each startup to seek investments and scale their social innovation. CivicX was launched in 2012, with support from founding partners PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation, and in partnership with Village Capital. In addition, we receive support from Capital One, Vodafone, Dentons, Singing for Change and official hotel sponsor Hilton. Visit cvcx.org for more information or follow the accelerator on Twitter at @civicacceleratr and across social media at #CIVICX.