2019 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator 

Coming together as a relentless force to solve complicated problems that prevent the opportunities for longer, healthier lives for all. 

Brandi Prichet Johnson

2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

Are you a social entrepreneur or enterprise making a health impact through improving the social determinants of health in your community? If so, we are looking forward to 2020 and all of the amazing people, companies, and ideas that will make up the next group of Business Accelerator candidates. 

American Heart Association awards EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator participants

Training, financial grants fuel social entrepreneurs’ mission to address health barriers.

Read more about this year's event.
Jeremy Goss

The top candidate, Russell Fearon (left), co-founder of SugEx, a wearable device that helps people manage their diabetes, received a $50,000 grant as well as an additional $5,000 for receiving the highest number of fan votes. Second place recipient, Jeremy Goss (right), received a $20,000 grant in support of The Link Market, which addresses food insecurity and transportation barriers by providing affordable groceries at metro stations.  

Learn more about  Fearon, Goss and the additional seven social entrepreneurs who presented their business solutions designed to close health disparity gaps at the 2019 EmPOWERED to Serve   Business Accelerator (TM).

The  Candidates

The nine social entrepreneurs presented their business solutions designed to help close health disparity gaps during a ceremony held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Through the Accelerator, the Association has supported entrepreneurs whose solutions provide healthy fruits and vegetables to those living in food deserts, develop education programs that help barbershop patrons advocate for their health and create STEM opportunities to improve the quality of education.

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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

National EmPOWERED to Serve Sponsors

Legacy Sponsor

The Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation logo

Mark and Brenda Moore

Community Impact Sponsor

Advancing Black Pathways logo

Media Sponsor

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