Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who Qualifies?
Applicants should be working on new technologies designed to promote and scale peacetech. Priority is given to the tools that help individuals and communities on the frontlines of conflict save lives or contain violence before it spreads.
We're looking for:
Start-ups that are designing, developing and using new and innovative technologies to help to bring about the end of violent conflict and promote sustainable peace. Applicants must have an MVP in place with some revenue generation (this can include boot-strapping).
Selected start-ups will send 2/3 team members including the founder(s) and tech lead to attend the full program in Washington, D.C.
Applications accepted from both for-profit and non-profit startups from around the world. For-profit entails that your start-up has successfully completed a seed funding round and/or have $50,000 in revenue.
Product/service solutions must be able to scale on the cloud.
2. What Are the Benefits?
The Accelerator will run an eight-week program of intensive mentorship focusing on all aspects of scaling up, especially in the use of “cloud” capabilities.
Selected companies/organizations will receive:
Up to $50,000 Amazon Web Services cloud credits
$15,000 funding in return for equity for eligible companies, at their election
The opportunity to pitch to potential investors
Free office space for the duration of the program
Entry into our participant alumni network
Access to our international network of mentors and business leaders
3. How Do I apply?
4. When is the Application Due?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you do not submit your application in time for the next cohort, submit it as soon as possible to be considered for the following cohort.
5. When does the program start?
The Accelerator runs three programs per year. Cohort 4 will begin the eight-week intensive program in June 2018, and applications for that cohort will be accepted through the end of May.
6. How many Companies/Organizations CAn Participate?
PeaceTech Lab and its partners will choose no more than 15 companies/organizations for the cohort.
7. Where is the Accelerator Located?
The Accelerator is located at PeaceTech Lab, at the United States Institute of Peace's headquarters on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
8. Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen?
No! We believe everyone has the power of peacetech. Applications are encouraged from all over the world, especially from teams currently operating in conflict zones. Financial and visa assistance will be provided to qualifying organizations.
9. Who Funds the Accelerator?