2021 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™

Changemakers creating solutions to overcome barriers to health.

Woman working in an urban garden

Congratulations to our 2021 national Business Accelerator grant recipients:

Our EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is making a health impact through grant funding and training of diverse social entrepreneurs who address food insecurity, transportation, health care access, science-technology-engineering-mathematics training , youth education and more.

2021 Candidates 

Meet this year’s entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders from diverse backgrounds who are creating a lasting impact on community health.

Honorable Mentions

Elise Ashby RobinHood Group Union, SC
Marquetta Gay Oasis Makers Columbus, GA
Sal Puglisi UA School of Emergency Management New York, NY
Arshdeep Singh Seedling Inc. Baltimore, MD
Deborah Weinstein Lemon Aide Society Dallas, TX

What is a Business Accelerator ?

Now in its fifth cycle, the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ has trained 93 social entrepreneurs and funded $600K in grants towards achieving health equity.

The program is bringing healthy fruits and vegetables to food deserts, improving the quality of education by increasing STEM opportunities, making communities safer, improving blood pressure and teaching people to be better advocates for their own health.

During the national finale event Oct. 21, 2021, final candidates will present their ideas for a chance to receive up to $65,000 in grants

Statement of Relationship

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

Statement of Relationship