Additional Information 

What types of ideas/ solutions will be accepted?

Submissions can range from an idea or concept to an established program or business that will improve public health in Puerto Rico.

Topics include (but are not limited to) affordable housing, air pollution, childhood obesity, hunger, water access and cleanliness, access to healthcare and transportation.

  • Ideas must be original and must not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or entity, or violates a third party's publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  •  Ideas must not be the subject of any actual or threatened litigation or claim.

What are the minimum requirements?

Reliable access to the internet is required as the application process and candidate training will be online.

Access to a computer with a video camera and headphones is required for training via video conference.

What is the time commitment?

Selected candidates will need to devote four to six hours per week for four weeks for training. This time will be dedicated to individual work and virtual group activities that will help build sustainable and scalable solutions. Training topics will include design thinking, customer discovery, marketing positioning, brand development and more.

What about confidentiality and intellectual property?

Confidentiality is not guaranteed in any way. However, the process is set up in such a way that proprietary information about projects will not be shared with other teams during training. If a team wishes to keep elements of their concept or idea confidential, they should not include that information when presenting during the Summit. The American Heart Association and organizers cannot prevent other candidates, audience members or judges who see or hear a pitch from sharing the concept, idea and/or materials with others. By participating in the EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator, candidates agree that the American Heart Association, EmPOWERED to Serve and all related parties assume no liability and shall have no liability or obligation whatsoever for disclosures of information provided by a candidate as part of a submission or otherwise during the course of the Accelerator or Summit. Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) between a finalist and the judges and/or audience members will not be required or allowed.

All candidates must agree to the Accelerator Terms and Conditions .  Acceptance of the terms and conditions is a part of the application process. 

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

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