Business Accelerator™ Application Hub
Community-based solutions to help expand health care access, target health behaviors and more to benefit our neighbors across the U.S.
The 2021 application cycle is now open
Use these resources to create a powerful and inspired application
The Application Process
The need to come together and find solutions for longer, healthier lives is more vital than ever. By providing business training and grants, the American Heart Association is committed to supporting the communities, small businesses, social entrepreneurs and innovators making a difference in community health.
The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is looking for a diverse pool of social entrepreneurs and organizations who are driving change through health justice in their communities.
This MBA-style business training program offers virtual education for all finalists and grant funding. Topics for business accelerator program applications include
(but are not limited to):
- Food access
- Affordable housing
What are the minimum requirements?
- The Accelerator is virtual and includes video conferences.
Participants must have:
- Consistent, reliable internet access
- A video camera and headphones.
How long does the Accelerator take?
- The 2021 program is an eight-week program.
- Please allow at least eight to 10 hours a week for individual work sessions and virtual group activities.
What is the best way to get my idea funded?
- Submission window open May 3 through July 16
- Application reviews July 17 through Aug. 5
- Candidates announced Aug. 6
- Training Aug. 6 through Oct. 8
- Fan voting Oct. 4 to Oct 21
- Finale event Thursday, Oct. 21
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.
Meet some of our past accelerator candidates @containerItem.RenderHeadingSizeTag("h2")>
2020 Puerto- Rico Business Accelerator 1st Place Grant Recipient and National 2020 Accelerator participant Dr. Joel Acevendo-Nieto Sharp Focus Isabela, Puerto Rico
Statement of Relationship
YWCA SBDC is collaborative partner of the American Heart Association’s EmPOWERED to Serve.