The ATXelerator

2022 Application Form

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Dear ATXelerator applicant:


Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2022 ATXelerator class. If selected, you will be among 25 future-focused leaders who believe Austin’s best path forward is through responsible growth, transportation infrastructure investments, economic development, technological innovation, pro-environment policies and big-picture thinking.

A few prerequisites: you must live in the Austin city limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and be at least 21 years old.


Our focus is to provide a very experiential education on how Austin city government functions. Who should apply? Anyone who wants a deep understanding of the major policy issues facing Austin and how planning for the future is the most responsible way to maintain and improve Austin’s famed quality of life. Also, if you are interested in serving on a city board or commission or possibly running for city council, you should apply to the ATXelerator. We seek applicants from all districts and seek diversity in terms of backgrounds, professions, age, gender, race and ethnicity.


The ATXelerator starts January 7, 2022 with an immersive opening weekend retreat ending on January 9, 2022. Following, the ATXelerator includes nine weekly evening sessions (with dinner provided) on a wide range of municipal issues, a one-night retreat on media training, how to run and manage campaigns, class project presentations, and the Pitch Competition. The program ends with the ATXL Games in April.   


There is no application fee and, if admitted, the ATXelerator tuition is $195 which includes the opening weekend retreat, the weekly education sessions, closing one-night retreat and The Pitch. Tuition scholarships are available for qualified applicants and nobody will be denied based on an inability to cover tuition. The application deadline is December 6, 2021.  


If you have any questions, please contact Ward Tisdale at ward.tisdale@atxelerator.org.


On behalf of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, thank you for applying and good luck!