EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator™

What You Need To Know

The EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator™ is a six to eight week intensive training and grant opportunity designed to challenge you to apply innovative, community-based solutions to help solve an urgent urban health problem.



We are pleased to introduce the 2018 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ Awardees!

For the second year, we’ve sought out the best and brightest entrepreneurial minds who are working to solve urban health issues related to the social determinants of health.

Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue took home the top spot!

Lizarondo designed this concept to deliver health impact through a technology nonprofit that aims to solve two of our biggest problems today — food waste and hunger.

Francoise Marvel, MD, Corrie Health

Congratulations are also in order for Francoise Marvel, MD, Corrie Health, whose vision will improve communities by re-engineering heart attack discharge and recovery.

Terry Gao, Philly Shares

This year we’ve added our Fan Favorite category. The American Heart Association awards the Fan Favorite designation, based on popular vote, to Terry Gao who envisions better health for communities through her commitment to Philly Shares.

Congratulations to the top qualifiers!

April Inniss, EekMD

Kathryn Doornbos, Redemptive Cycles

Anj Vu Sawyer, Southeast Asian Coalition

Travis Fenderson, STEP Foundation

Sunny Williams, TinyDocs

Yes It’s Possible… and here’s a story of an inspirational 11 year old that made it happen!

Gitanjali Rao was upset about the water crisis devastating families in Flint, Michigan. She had an idea that could help quickly and accurately monitor water for lead. With no money, sponsors or even a space, Gitanjali pushed forward. After being turned away by everyone and every lab and school in her area, she converted her small bedroom into a ‘science room, where she developed an affordable device that quickly and accurately detects lead in water. She’s been named by 3M, the leading global science company, as America’s Top Young Scientist.

– Gitanjali is 11 years old.

Thank you to the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator™ in-kind sponsors