to Serve Business Accelerator™: National

Now accepting applications through June 26, 2023.

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Empowering social and health tech entrepreneurs through training and up to $75k in funding.

The Accelerator Experience
Accelerator participants will get access to high-quality training to help refine their business model, work on building their brand story, and make connections to like-minded, health focused entrepreneurs. Participants will emerge with a toolkit of skills they can apply to grow and scale the health impact of their business, have access to up to $75,000 in funding, as well as be a part of the American Heart Association’s network.

What are we looking for?

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is looking for a diverse pool of entrepreneurs, companies and organizations who are driving change and health equity in their communities. Applications will be accepted from social and digital health tech entrepreneurs, non-profits and for-profits making a health impact and addressing a social determinant of health (SDOH).

Selected candidates will:

  • Receive six weeks of training to help grow and scale their business.
  • Refine their business story and presentation in a cohort with other entrepreneurs.
  • Share their business story with health, community, and business leaders before receiving a $500 grant and a chance at up to $75,000 in grant funding for top candidates.

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Who can apply?


  • U.S. citizens 18 years or older
  • Must address one or more categories of the social determinants of health in the United States
  • Innovation must apply to improving health inequities
  • Must be the founder, CEO or someone authorized to make changes to the business or project



  • Application period: May 1 – June 26
  • Top candidates notified by: July 25
  • Training: July 26 – September 6
  • Finale: Thursday, October 19