2020 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator 

The business accelerator is uniquely positioned to help social entrepreneurs and innovators re-access their brand and mission during and post COVID-19 to make maximum impact in their communities.

2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

The American Heart Association has championed health equity for all people for nearly a century. One way we’ve done that is by supporting social entrepreneurs as they work to transform the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Now more than ever, we are determined to eliminate racial and class disparities by redoubling our commitment to overcoming barriers to health, and to addressing social inequities. Participation in the accelerator provides candidates access to professionals to help with branding, purpose and mission discovery, design, program launches, storyboarding, model building and  storytelling. 

Learn more about the application process

Download a sample application (PDF)

New for all  2020 participants, the YWCA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer businesses training to all applicants of the
EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator.

Meet the  2019 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator innovators

First-place recipient Russell Fearon was awarded a $50,000 grant plus an additional $5,000 for receiving the most fan votes for his diabetes management wearable device.

Second-place recipient Jeremy Goss 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.  

Since we launched four years ago we have:

Made a health impact through organizations that address food insecurity, transportation, access to healthcare, STEM, youth education and more.

Gardener in front of his community garden

Trained 38 social entrepreneurs
who want to help improve

Gardener in front of his community garden

Provided almost
$500,000 in
grant funding.

Alumni Impact

These stories feature the critical impact the Business Accelerator Alumni in local communities nationwide.

Watch EmPOWERED to Serve in Action

Videos that reflect the powerful impact EmPOWERED to Serve has in the community.

Stories that transform the world in which we live.

Statement of Relationship

YWCA SBDC is collaborative partner of the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve.

Statement of Relationship