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.
2017 PHILANTHROPITCH FINALISTS
These nonprofits have presented compelling pitches for growth and will present their ideas at Philanthropitch Austin on May 22 for additional investment and possible entrance into the Mission Accelerator. The Mission Accelerator is an opportunity for them to turn their vision for change into reality.
About the Finalists
Allies Against Slavery
Allies Against Slavery builds Slave-Free Cities by empowering survivors, connecting partners and building tools that help professionals overcome human trafficking. One of the most significant challenges to solving the crisis of human trafficking is victim identification. Allies Against Slavery has set out to solve the problem of victim identification by developing a screening tool that helps frontline agencies rapidly and effectively identify sex trafficking victims, called the Tier 1 Screener. With the support of Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will be able to develop their business model for the Tier 1 Screener, refine an earned revenue element and identify opportunities for growth.
Austin Partners in Education
Austin Partners in Education improves student college and career readiness and expands STEM opportunities through community engagement. They are looking to grow their comprehensive College Readiness program, which provides students with the reading, writing, and math instruction needed to help bridge the skills and knowledge gaps between high school-level and college-level coursework, removing academic barriers to college success. Through Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will refine their business model and develop a sustainable revenue stream for their College Readiness program.
Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area
Boys & Girls Club of the Austin Area inspires and enable all young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They are creating their first GREAT Futures Camp, a specialty Camp designed for students in K-9th grade. GREAT Futures Camp offers all Travis County youth the opportunity to enroll in full day camp with wrap around services including breakfast, lunch and snack service, with the additional option of enrolling in one-week Skills Camps designed with youth voice and choice in mind. With the help of Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will build and refine their earned revenue strategy.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Catholic Charities of Central Texas is composed of people of faith serving anyone in need by strengthening families and promoting respect for human dignity and life. They are looking to grow and expand their Counseling Services to better address the mental health care provider shortage. Their program will provide high-quality, low-cost counseling services to areas not currently served, as well as provide education to the community on the importance of mental health. Through Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will develop a strategic plan for long-term success and sustainability.
Hand to Hold
Hand to Hold provides support, education and resources to parents in the neonatal intensive care unit and to those who have lost a baby because of preterm birth or a special healthcare need. They are looking to expand their Ambassador Program, which is a comprehensive, hospital based support program that utilizes trained and supervised NICU graduate parents to serve as “Ambassadors” in the NICU, offering support to parents and families. Through the support of Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will refine their earned revenue model.
IDEA Public Schools
IDEA Public Schools ensures that all students in Austin have access to a college preparatory education that empowers them to become the best version of themselves, to give back to their communities, and to change the world. They are developing a pilot program that would scale some of their most cutting-edge professional development practices to other traditional and public charter school districts throughout Central Texas, starting with supporting Del Valle ISD. With the help of Philanthropitch and Mission Accelerator, they will create and implement an earned revenue model and expand their business plan.
PelotonU provides working students with a pathway and the support to graduate from college on time and debt-free. They are looking to expand their non-profit online degree program that blend two key resources: competency-based education and in-person coaching support to ensure students succeed and graduate with a BA in four years or less. The support of Philanthropitch will serve as a fund leader and catalyze their efforts to reach their revenue goal.
*This organization will present their idea at Philanthropitch, but is not eligible for the Accelerator program.
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 $3,000 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
Download the program overview for details on eligibility, the selection process and program benefits.
About the Application and Selection Process
Selected semi-finalists will be required to participate in a pitch workshop on April 25, after which finalists will be selected and invited to present at Philanthropitch on May 22, where more than $100,000 will be awarded and the 2017 Mission Accelerator class will be selected!
About Philanthropitch Austin
Philanthropitch Austin is a social impact, fast-pitch competition that spotlights some of Austin’s most promising nonprofits and the innovative solutions they bring to local challenges. Finalists pitch for financial and human capital to fast-track organizational growth, including more than $100,000 and acceptance into Mission Accelerator, a program of Mission Capital. At the end of the night, the 2017 Mission Accelerator class will be announced and grants will be awarded to support these social innovators in bringing their vision to life. This year, organizations may choose to apply for acceptance into both Philanthropitch and the Mission Accelerator, or those organizations not ready to leverage the intense human capital resources of the Accelerator may choose to apply for only the pitch competition. All Philanthropitch finalists will joining a growing alumni network in Austin and in cities across the U.S. as Philanthropitch continues to expand in 2017. Finalists receive ongoing networking opportunities. Philanthropitch Austin is presented in partnership with the Notley Fund and Mission Capital.
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.
Easter Seals Central Texas
Accelerator graduate and 2014 investee, Easter Seals receives social impact loan, creates revenue model and expands their Lawn & Landscape Services.
Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Accelerator graduate and 2015 investee, MRC and their social enterprise, Open Arms, is empowering refugee women in Austin.
- Susan Dawson, Executive Director, E3 Alliance2014 Accelerator Participant
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.
- Clayton Christopher, Co-Founder & Chairman, Deep Eddy VodkaSocial Venture Partner & Accelerator Mentor
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.
- Susan Dawson, Executive Director, E3 Alliance2014 Accelerator Participant
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.
- 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.
Upon completing the Accelerator, select nonprofits receive multi-year investment from Mission Capital’s Social Venture Partners.