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 from both for-profit and non-profit startups from around the world.
For-profit: must have 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.
5. When does the training program start?
The first cohort has been selected, and began the eight-week intensive program on April 3, 2017. Two additional programs are expected to take place in 2017:
- July 24-September 15
- October 23-December 15
6. How many Companies/Organizations CAn Participate?
PeaceTech Lab and its partners are expected to choose no more than 15 companies/organizations for the inaugural 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?
10. How can I stay up-to-date with new Accelerator information?
11. Is there a way for me to intern or volunteer as a student?
Yes! Applications for Accelerator Internships are now open here.