EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™

Making a difference in under resourced communities by finding innovative solutions that expand access to healthy living and saves lives. 

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EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™- Puerto Rico 

The Business Accelerator is  designed to uplift social entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to improve the health of Puerto Rican communities. It supports innovation and community-centered solutions that get to the heart of the barriers to good health. We want to help change behaviors, expand access to resources and improve the long-term health of Puerto Rican communities.

The application period runs from Mar. 2 through April 2.

What is the Business Accelerator™ Program?

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ supports entrepreneurs who design solutions to improve health in their under-resourced communities. The program’s goal is to address health disparities and create health equity for all. Recently funded projects have focused on greater access to affordable care and healthy foods and diabetes management.

Accelerator candidates take part in eight weeks of MBA-style business training. They’re invited to present their business story before influential judges at the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator finale, giving them the chance to receive grant funding.

Since 2017, the Accelerator Program has trained 38 social entrepreneurs and organizations and provided $550,000 in grants to the top candidates .
Business Accelerator alumni become part of the American Heart Association network. They serve on local volunteer boards and speak at AHA events and meetings, as well as much more.


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Urban Health Accelerator™ – HBCU

The EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator - HBCU pilot was developed to address critical needs and social issues – in and around campuses – that impact the ability of individuals to attain optimal health.
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Past Accelerators 

Since August of 2017, the American Heart Association's EmPOWERED To Serve platform has launched more than 5 accelerators to find the brightest innovators around the country. These opportunities fund groundbreaking solutions to address the Social Influencers of Health on our quest to solve for cardiovascular disease and stroke. 

2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

Are you a social entrepreneur or enterprise making a health impact through improving the social determinants of health in your community? If so, we are looking forward to 2020 and all of the amazing people, companies, and ideas that will make up the next group of Business Accelerator candidates.