Urban Business Storytelling Competition 2017

In August  2017, the American Heart Association launched the EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator™ Storytelling Competition for innovators to find groundbreaking solutions to urban health problems. EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator (formerly the Urban Health Accelerator) is an eight-week intensive training and grant.

Our selection committee narrowed 130 inspiring submissions down to 10 finalists to compete for $60,000 in grants.

2017 Winners:
First Place: Nyasha Nyamapfene, Gospel Run
Gospel Run is a public health organization that inspires health, transformation and expanded possibilities in individuals, families and communities. 

Nyasha Nyamapfene

Second Place: Maria Rose Belding, MEANS Database
MEANS Database notifies food banks and pantries of available food donations. Food Connect delivers surplus food from retailers to community organizations serving the hungry.

Maria Rose Belding

Third Place: Cecil Wilson, Goffers Inc.
Goffers Inc. provides on-demand mobile task assistance. Services include, but are not limited to, grocery shopping, laundry delivery and prescription refills. 

 Cecil Wilson