The Mission Accelerator connects nonprofits to our consultants, local social entrepreneurs and business leaders to work together on complex community issues. Participants come away with a business growth plan, a powerful case for funding and access to additional forms of investment.


How The Mission Accelerator Helps Organizations

The Mission Accelerator is a five-month program designed to fast-track the growth and impact of nonprofits in Greater Austin. Accelerator participants engage in group classes and receive one-on-one guidance from nonprofit consultants and some of Austin’s most successful business leaders and social entrepreneurs. This unique opportunity brings high-value resources to a select group of nonprofits each year.

Upon completing the program, participants will have created a business growth plan with a powerful case for funding. Participants may also gain access to creative forms of capital, including an award from Mission Capital for completing the program and an opportunity to pitch for continued investment upon graduation.

The Mission Accelerator helps organizations address areas such as:

  • Program or service ideation
  • Business model and organizational structure
  • Unique value proposition and competitive advantage analysis
  • Target market and industry, competition and barriers to entry
  • Partnership identification and assessment
  • Marketing, sales and financials

A Look at Some of Our Accelerator Graduates

Caritas of Austin

2014 Accelerator graduate improves homeless services and generates sustainable revenue to purchase property and expand operations.

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Easter Seals Central Texas

Accelerator graduate and 2014 investee, Easter Seals receives social impact loan, creates revenue model and expands their Lawn & Landscape Services.

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Multicultural Refugee Coalition

Accelerator graduate and 2015 investee, MRC and their social enterprise, Open Arms, is empowering refugee women in Austin.

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  • We were prepared to do a lot of work in this process and we were prepared to learn a lot. But I’d say we did a lot more work than we expected and we learned a lot more than we expected.

    Susan Dawson, Executive Director, E3 Alliance2014 Accelerator Participant

  • Mission Capital’s accelerator program is going to change lives. As a partner I am able to effectively give back to the community and know that the more these nonprofits succeed, the more our people will succeed.

    Clayton Christopher, Co-Founder & Chairman, Deep Eddy VodkaSocial Venture Partner & Accelerator Mentor

  • If you have a good, viable social venture that can benefit our community, then the Accelerator process forces you to think through how to do that well and provides many of the resources to help you do that well.

    Susan Dawson, Executive Director, E3 Alliance2014 Accelerator Participant
  • Philanthropy is great and it’s always going to be part of what we do. But the ability for an organization to find a way to generate sustainable revenue in the delivery of their mission is really important.

    Dennis Cavner2015 Mission Capital Board Chair
  • With the help of the Accelerator program, we’re able to continue to build upon our success with a clear business plan and growth model. With the additional investment, especially the 3-year consultative support, we’re ready for the growth ahead.
    Meg Erskine, Executive Director, Multicultural Refugee Coalition2015 Accelerator Participant

Social Venture Partners


Roll up your sleeves and become a advisor to Mission Accelerator participants, helping take their ideas to the next level.


Investee Portfolio


Upon completing the Accelerator, select nonprofits receive multi-year investment from Mission Capital’s Social Venture Partners.

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RGK Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Austin Community Foundation
Charles H. Phipps Foundation
JP Morgan Chase
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