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The Investor Group sets standards for the Accelerator’s projects.  As broad stakeholders in community redevelopment, they select which project candidates make the cut to enter the accelerator.  The commitment as a member of the investor group is 2 weeks for project selection and goal setting, 3 feedback sessions, and attendance in the kick-off event and pitch forum.  This support will allow us to deliver viable projects for investment and development, and in turn improve the market value for your investments, expand your network, demonstrate your commitment to sustainable development, and provide early access to projects that may be of  interest.

A Site Host is an entity with authority over land or buildings where a project could be developed through the Accelerator.  Site Hosts make their property available to the accelerator program ahead of our call for proposals.  If your site is selected, it will draw public attention to your site, we will provide pre-development studies, you will expand your network of local talent, and in the end, have a well-developed project to activate your site. 

It takes money to make good things happen.  As a nonprofit entity, we see a financially self-sustaining future from “selling” our projects to investors.  Here at the beginning, however, we need to launch, and we need to do it well.  Program donors will receive significant publicity in our ongoing marketing campaign, contribute to regional asset building and have ample opportunity to participate financially or otherwise in accelerator projects.


“It was exciting to share the end result with the community and those who can bring the project into the real world.”

- Jhenifer Krutz, 2012

Urban Parks Project Team Member

Mentoring is a core component of the accelerator program, providing project teams with guidance to get their projects right.  While project teams move in lockstep through the education program, they also receive customized guidance from Mentors who are experienced in the various disciplines, including but not limited to urban planning, project development, design, construction, contracts management, project finance, project management and city regulations.

Mentors provide 4 hours of guidance to the project teams throughout one of the accelerator phases to ensure that the teams have the capacity to meet their goals.  Additional periodic follow-up will also be necessary.  Mentors will receive professional credit on the projects, gain greater exposure and extend their network, and generate leads for future work.