National EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator 

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

2021 EmPOWERED to Serve
Business Accelerator™
Application Hub

This is the  fifth year of the National EmPOWERED to Serve™ Business Accelerator™.

Since inception of the Business Accelerator program in 2018, American Heart Association has contributed more than $510,000 to help accelerate start-ups, social entrepreneurs and organizations improving social determinants of health in their community, which are health risk factors, especially for underserved populations.

The 2021 Business Accelerator application cycle opens May 3, 2021. 

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2019 Business Accelerator Alumna Shares Her Experiences

Brittany Young, founder of B 360, in Baltimore, MD, talks about her experience as a 2019 Business Accelerator candidate. 

The next application cycle will starts May 3, 2021.

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.  

Abigail Kohler

Congratulations to the 2020 EmPOWERED to Serve Business™ Accelerator Grant Recipients

Abigail Kohler, co-founder of ResusciTech, was awarded a $40,000 grant to empower people to save lives by taking action during medical emergencies. ResusciTech’s app, SMART Certification, offers convenient, smartphone-based training that provides Hands-Only CPR compression practice with real-time feedback.

Runner-up and Fan Favorite Prathamesh Prabhudesai, co-founder of SafeBVM, received a total grant of $20,000. SafeBVM focuses on preventing human error and provider-associated complications of manual ventilation that worsen patient outcomes and increase health care costs. The device helps providers deliver safe, optimal manual ventilation to people in cardiac arrest and respiratory distress.

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.

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Trained 45 social entrepreneurs
who want to help improve

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Provided almost
$550,000 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