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:
Teams: Participation of the entire organization is welcome, but not required. Organizations can substitute with leadership teams of at least two people if necessary.
For-profit or nonprofit startups: Organizations can come from any industry, anywhere in the world (and we're willing to help with financial and visa issues to get you here).
Solutions that are cloud scalable: Previous experience with Amazon Web Services not required.
Small successes: Projects should be in the beta phase, or have some small-scale proven success.
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:
$50,000 Amazon Web Services Credits
Financial and Visa assistance to attend training in Washington, D.C.
A chance to pitch potential peacetech investors at the end of the eight weeks
Long-term support from mentors and lifelong connection to our network of participants
3. How Do I apply?
Apply by filling out this form.
4. When is the Application Due?
Applications for the first cohort closed Friday, January 27, 2017. Applications for the second and third cohorts are being accepted on a rolling basis.
5. When does the training program start?
The first cohort will begin the eight-week intensive program on April 3, 2017. Two additional programs are expected to take place in 2017 (tentatively June & October).
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.