2020- 2021 National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator 

Uniquely positioned to help social entrepreneurs and innovators post COVID-19 to make maximum impact in their communities. 

2020-2021 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Candidates and Honorable Mentions

2020 Business Accelerator Candidates
Candidate Program Location
Abigail Kohler Resusitech Providence, RI
Antionette Carroll Creative Reaction St. Louis, MO
Christopher Temblador Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Los Angeles, CA
Connor Schoen Breaktime Café Boston, MA
Dr. Joel Acevedo- Nieto Sharp Focus Puerto Rico
Kevin Dixon Rebel Venture Philadelphia, PA
Liam Elkind Invisible Hands Deliver Inc., New York City, NY
Mason Lucich InsuHealth Puerto Rico/Houston, TX
Melissa Strawn Safe Beat Georgia
Prathamesh Prabhudesai SafeBVM San Francisco, CA
2020 Business Accelerator Honorable Mentions
Candidate Program Location
Amy Li Dance4Healing (D4H) San Francisco, CA
Cynthia Ortiz La Placita Wellness and Education Center, Inc./Fitadelphia Philadelphia, PA
Kara Martin Global to Local Washington
Lawrence Sanders Outcast Food Network Baltimore, Maryland
Randell McShepard Rid-All Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio Rid-All Foundation Cleveland, OH
Shreya Thiagarajan GHealth Austin Austin, TX
Stanley Campbell Jr. Eagle Force Maryland

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