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. 

What is the Business Accelerator Program? 

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator unlocks and propels innovation for social enterprises improving the social influencers of health. Health inequities that exist from one zip code to another should not be the norm and we are confident that collectively we can do something about it.

Watch the 2019 Business Accelerator Sizzle Reel.


Howard University

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.

News and Feature Stories

From the American Heart Association and around the country

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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.