to Serve Business Accelerator™: National

Help us cheer on the 2023 candidates at the virtual finale: October 19 at 6 p.m. CT.

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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.

Announcing the 2023 Finalists

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The Story:
Empowered to Serve Business Accelerator Finale

Help us cheer on the National finalists for a chance to secure up to $75,000 in grant funding.

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Finale Judges

This impressive panel of entrepreneurs and business executives will serve as judges during the finale on Thursday, October 19. 

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 period: May 1 – June 26
  • Top candidates notified by: July 25
  • Training: July 26 – September 6
  • Finale: Thursday, October 19
Want to know what you’ll experience if accepted into the accelerator finale? Watch last year’s event

2023 Information Session

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

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