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"As I had hoped, the ATXelerator brought together a diverse and opinionated group of people passionate about making their city better. Panelists gave great insights, but I also received tremendous value by listening to the experiences and views of the other members of the cohort who challenged some of my own opinions and preconceptions, which is so important for building the coalitions we need to make our city better."

— Lonny Stern, Community Engagement Program Manager at Capital Metro, Class of 2018, and Advisory Board Member

"The ATXelerator is the only game in town that can improve the political landscape for all the citizens in every part of our city.”

— Lee Cooke, 51st Austin Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem & City Council Member


“I think it’s not only a cool idea, I think it’s an extremely timely idea. The thought of the average person having more than just a vote as their political voice is not something that most people thought about [until the 2016 election].”


— Amos Schwartzfarb, Managing Director of Techstars, as quoted in “This Nonprofit Will Train You To Run For City Council, But Make You Compete For Its Support,” by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, 1/17/18.

“The ATXelerator experience is a great networking and education opportunity to help individuals who want to learn how to play a part in leading this amazing city. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate, I learned so much and made some amazing friends in the process."


— Mandeep Kaur, Nurse consultant and Class of 2020


“I know that I am absolutely better off having gone through the program. I feel like every Austinite should take the opportunity to hear from the experts on how this city runs. Thank you for making it such a great experience and I am recommending my friends and family to go through it as well.”


— Cristina Masters, Austin City Council Aide and Class of 2020

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