2019 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

Join us! 

Location: National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.
Date: October 17 
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us as we hear the innovative concepts of our top Accelerator Candidates and present the winners of our 2019 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator.

Grant Awardees will receive:
1st- $50,000
2nd- $20,000
Fan Favorite: $2,500

Learn More: For more information on this years event please contact Carrie Allen  

Co-hosted by:
American Heart Association
Eastern States Region and Southeast Region

Photo by Alan Karchmer

Honorable Mentions

  • Alba Valasquez- Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Austin Avery- Fish N Loaves, Memphis, TN
  • Cat Anderson- Cat Scan, New York City, NY
  • Gary Montague- Elliot, Denver, CO
  • Jacqueline Gottlieb- Making Homes Sage, Clay County, NC
  • Melvin Thompson- Edeleo, Chicago, IL
  • Noelle Warford- Urban Tree Connection, Philadelphia, PA
  • A. Pradhan MD, P. McGregor MD, S. Moore MD- VARANDA Project, Boston, MA
  • Dr. Yolandra Hancock- M-SizeMe, Bowie, MD

About the 2019 Business Accelerator

Zipcodes are often better predictors of health than genetic codes — and that’s a problem. That’s why we’re partnering with community leaders and innovators. Through the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ (formerly the Urban Health Accelerator), we’re discovering, accelerating and investing in social entrepreneurs and businesses to improve health equity with innovative solutions.

In its third year, the accelerator has trained almost 30 entrepreneurs and funded $410,000 in grants. Finalists will present their business stories at the finale on Oct.17 in Washington, D.C.

Look for more information soon on how to tune in live and vote for your fan favorite.

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo 2018 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Awardee

Working with the AHA kept me accountable… You really pushed me to go beyond the formula and go back to the heart of the brand and work. It [the Business Accelerator] just brought me back to the mission. It forced me out of the formula and back to why it [ 412 Food Rescue] was there.

Meet more of the 2018 Business Accelerator Grantees
Lawrence Griffin

National Sponsor

Lawrence Griffith
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Legacy Sponsor

Mark & Brenda Moore 

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National Media Sponsor


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