2019 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

American Heart Association awards EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator participants

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

Learn more about additional individual candidates.
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).

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


Lawrence Griffin Lawrence Griffith
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Legacy Sponsor

The Mark and Brenda Moore Family Foundation logo

Mark and Brenda Moore

Community Impact Sponsor

Advancing Black Pathways logo

Media Sponsor

New Vision Logo


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.