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Virtual EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Finale Please join the American Heart Association as our eight extraordinary innovators present business models and concepts that promote health equity, sustainability and community transformation.

These business accelerators will highlight their work and impact to a panel of expert judges. The top finalist will receive a $40,000 grant, runner-up $15,000 and fan favorite $5,000. 

Learn more about the eight candidates and vote now for the one who most inspires you.

About EmPOWERED to Serve

EmPOWERED to Serve is a platform inspired by American Heart Association volunteers around the country who are passionate about driving change through health justice and empowerment in their communities.

Communities need localized solutions that will help individuals and families escalate beyond poverty and achieve improved life outcomes. No one knows the changes needed in a community as well as the members themselves.

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Ambassador Program

If you’re an activist, community leader, healthcare professional, young professional or social entrepreneur who’s helping lead the way through community-centered and culturally relevant solutions then we invite you to become an EmPOWERED to Serve Ambassador.

Business Accelerator?

The  EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator works with social entrepreneurs and organizations improving social determinants of health in their community, which are health risk factors, especially for underserved populations. Social determinants include, but are not limited to, race bias, income, education, stress, pollution, housing availability, transportation and access to healthy foods.

This MBA-style business training program offers virtual education for all finalists and grant funding.

Topics for business accelerator program applications include (but are not limited to):

  • Food access
  • Employment
  • Affordable housing

The application window is open until Aug. 31, 2020.

Meet the 2020 EmPOWERED Scholars

The 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are agents of change within their communities. These college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors each receive $10,000 to bring their visionary ideas to life, helping ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

Community Education

Our tools  support you as you journey toward improving your health and the health of those in your community.
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