A cohort of judges will assess each submission in the areas of:
No, as long as you can articulate how your solution can be leveraged to help communities build resilience and thrive as the climate changes. Communities of interest include those with systemic challenges such as those related to race, gender, disability, income, immigration status, or age.
Possible solution sectors include but are not limited to…
We will invite the top companies (based on the above assessment criteria) to be interviewed. They will be re-evaluated against the criteria, as well as for strategic fit with Citizen Verizon’s goals and objectives. Companies that are aligned with those requirements will be extended a formal invite into the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator.
We intend to select and inform those companies selected for the cohort on or around 5/24/2021. Winners will be notified via the email address used in their submission form.
Yes. The entrant remains the sole and exclusive owner of the submitted solution. Read more about this in the Terms & Conditions.
Upon acceptance into the cohort, the selected companies will be asked to sign a Participation Agreement. Upon signing the Participation Agreement, each company will receive a stipend of $50,000.
No. The lead applicant and funding recipient must be part of a registered company or LLC that has 200 employees or fewer.
No. Companies should submit one application only. If there was an error in your submission, please reach out to email@example.com.
We are accepting applications from Seed and Series A companies. We expect submissions to reflect our goal of finding the biggest and brightest solutions that help communities build resilience and thrive as the climate changes, especially populations with systemic challenges related to race, gender, disability, income, immigration status, or age. We are seeking solutions that have a fully functional MVP, and are looking to be scaled with the support of additional mentorship resources and Verizon technology solutions.
Selected winners will participate in the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator program that will begin in June 2021 and run through August of 2021. Winners will receive direct access to industry experts, community leaders, and partners and work actively with mentors for guidance and support to further refine their go to market strategy and scalability of their solution. They may also have an opportunity to leverage Verizon technology solutions, which will be determined through the application submission process.
The rules for the Accelerator can be found here.
Applications for the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator can be submitted here.
While next-generation technology has become key to slowing and stopping climate change, there has been less progress in using technology to support Americans most exposed to climate risk. We believe that needs to change. Through this program, we are hoping to support and scale solutions that will help communities build resilience and thrive as the climate changes, especially populations with systemic challenges related to race, gender, disability, income, immigration status, or age.
Submissions Open - April 5 2021
Submissions Close - April 30, 2021
Winners Announced - May 24, 2021
Accelerator Program Begins - June 2021
Showcase - Summer 2021
No, past and current Verizon partners and vendors are not eligible for the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator.
No, the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator is not open to past or current employees of Verizon or their immediate family members.
No, winners of previous Verizon Challenges/Accelerators are not eligible for the Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator.