to Serve Business Accelerator™: National

The application window will open on May 1.

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 small businesses and non-profits, social and digital health tech entrepreneurs and innovators making a difference in community health.

What are we looking for?

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator is looking for a diverse pool of entrepreneurs, companies and organizations who are driving change and health equity in their communities. Applications will be accepted from social and digital health tech entrepreneurs, non-profits and for-profits making a health impact and addressing a social determinant of health (SDOH).

Selected candidates will:

  • Receive six weeks of training to help grow and scale their business.
  • Refine their business story and presentation in a cohort with other entrepreneurs.
  • Share their business story with health, community, and business leaders before receiving a $500 grant and a chance at additional funding for top candidates.

the social determinants of health infographic

Who can apply?


  • U.S. citizens 18 years or older
  • Must address one or more categories of the social determinants of health in the United States
  • Innovation must apply to improving health inequities
  • Must be the founder, CEO or someone authorized to make changes to the business or project



  • Application period: May 1 – June 26
  • Top candidates notified by: July 25
  • Training: July 26 – September 6
  • Finale: Thursday, October 19