to Serve Business Accelerator™: National

2024 application launches May 1

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Empowering social and health tech entrepreneurs through training and grant funding.

The Accelerator Experience
Accelerator participants 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, access to funding, as well as be a part of the American Heart Association’s network.

Congratulations to the 2023 National Grant Recipients

12 candidates competed for up to $75,000 in grant funding. Meet this year’s finalists

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.

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 brand story and presentation in a cohort with other entrepreneurs.
  • Share their brand story with health, community, and business leaders before receiving a $1,000 grant. The 1st place grant recipient will receive $50,000, 2nd will receive $12,000 and fan favorite a $5,000 grant.

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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: May 1 – June 28
  • Evaluation: June 29 – July 26
  • Top founders notified by: July 30
  • Pre-accelerator: August 5 – 9
  • Training: August 12 – September 20
  • Showcase Event: TBD

2023 Information Session

Get a better understanding of the National accelerator and what it takes to apply.

Tap the play button to watch the recording.