WITH A PURPOSE
The mission of the HTXelerator is to identify and prepare future-focused leaders for public service and educate the community about solutions that will improve Houstonians' quality of life for generations to come.
The HTXelerator is launching in September 2021 to encourage civic leaders and voters to support big ideas to move this city boldly into the future.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation, the most diverse, and an economic powerhouse. Its legacy industries and lack of zoning in many ways have made us the force we are today. With a steady influx of new residents and a current metro area population of 7.1 million residents, it’s essential that we focus on sustainable planning and economic diversity to keep us on top.
Our vision is an inclusive community that provides opportunity for all its citizens. To make this vision a reality, we identify and prepare future-focused leaders through our innovative HTXelerator program and guide them toward public service. We also educate and support civic leaders and the public about policy solutions that position Houston for future success.
Our main focus: the future. It’s our responsibility to take action today that prepares our region for tomorrow so that all — current and future residents — can benefit from the promise of Houston, Texas.
The HTXelerator is an innovative and unique program that recruits, and trains community leaders interested in advocating for future-focused city policy, serving on a city board or commission or, in some instances, running for city council.
Similar to a tech accelerator, the three-month program trains class members on the nuts and bolts of city government, matches each member of the 25-person cohort with a mentor — most of whom are current or former elected officials — and ends with a competition, known as The Pitch, which enables each participant to put forward a policy platform that they would advocate in a hypothetical race.
Nine Pitch finalists compete in a live, public event known as the HTXL Games before a panel of expert judges, resulting in gold, silver, and bronze medal winners. Topics covered during the immersive opening and closing weekend retreats and the 90-minute weekly education sessions include transportation, public safety, land use, diversity & social equity, economic development, homelessness, city finances, utilities, media training, and how to run a campaign, among many others.
The HTXelerator submitted the required documents to become a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit corporation and is pending final approval.
The HTXelerator application for the Class of 2021 is now open. The deadline is on August 10th, 2021. Click here to apply now!
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