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2021 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™

Vote for your favorite changemaker creating solutions to overcome barriers for health

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Watch the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Finale

Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 p.m. CDT

2021 Candidates

Introducing the 2021 Slate of Candidates
Fan voting is open from Oct. 4 to through the night of the event on Oct 21

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You must be 18 or older to vote. You can vote one time per day using one email address. If you try to vote more often or with multiple email addresses, your votes could be removed. Thank you for helping us make this a fair event.

Honorable Mentions

Elise Ashby RobinHood Group Union, SC
Marquetta Gay Oasis Makers Columbus, GA
Sal Puglisi UA School of Emergency Management New York, NY
Arshdeep Singh Seedling Inc. Baltimore, MD
Deborah Weinstein Lemon Aide Society Dallas, TX

Host and Judges for the Business Accelerator Finale Thursday, Oct. 21



What is a Business Accelerator ?

Now in its fifth cycle, the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ has trained 93 social entrepreneurs and funded $600K in grants towards achieving health equity.

The program is bringing healthy fruits and vegetables to food deserts, improving the quality of education by increasing STEM opportunities, making communities safer, improving blood pressure and teaching people to be better advocates for their own health.

During the national finale event Oct. 21, 2021, final candidates will present their ideas for a chance to receive up to $65,000 in grants

Statement of Relationship

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

Statement of Relationship