EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™

Igniting impact by accelerating health equity focused founders.

The 2024 application launches May 1.

The business accelerator is a program for entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit organizations making a health impact in US communities. The accelerator provides access to valuable and actionable knowledge as well as funding for businesses to achieve success and sustainability.

2023 Accelerators

In the process of reworking my low-fidelity prototype, the Business Accelerator helped me realize CodaBax's greater potential. There has been more than one wow moment as I worked through it. I cannot wait to see what our impact will be three and five years from now.
— Crystal Levine, Empowered to Serve Maryland Black Farmers candidate


The National Business Accelerator 2023 grant recipients have been announced.

Maryland Black Farmers

The Maryland Black Farmers Business Accelerator finalists have been selected.


The Minnesota Business Accelerator 2023 grant recipients have been announced.

The Maryland Black Farmers Business Accelerator was featured on WJZ CBS News Baltimore! Watch the segment »

The Story: Empowered to Serve Business Accelerator Finale

It was an inspiring event as an innovative group of entrepreneurs told their stories for a chance at $75,000!

Watch the virtual finale by tapping the play button.

Driving change through health justice in communities

Through our training and grant program, you will test, validate, and activate innovation in real-time with the support of a team of mentors. Training will span subjects such as finance and fundraising, branding and marketing, behavioral psychology, design thinking methodologies, and customer experience design.

Since we launched seven years ago, we have made a health impact through organizations that address food insecurity, transportation, access to healthcare, STEM, youth education and more.

Over $1.1M

provided in grant funding

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social entrepreneurs and organizations have received training

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U.S. states impacted

Hear from our alumni on how the accelerator program impacted their business.

Explore our past accelerators

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EmPOWERED Innovation Academy

Explore our online learning platform with more ways to grow and scale your business. It's also another great way for us to get to know you as an applicant.