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.   

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The 2021 application cycle is now closed

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
  • Employment
  • Affordable housing

Download a sample application (PDF)

The 2021 application cycle is now closed.

Informational Call : EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator

Watch the on-demand EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator training and grant opportunity webinar. We will provide an overview of the program and application details and an interactive audience Q&A.


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 – July 16 

  • Application reviews July  17–  Aug. 5

  • Candidates announced Aug. 6

  • Training Aug. 6 – Oct. 8

  • Fan voting Oct. 4  – 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.

Statement of Relationship

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

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