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Accelerators & Incubators

Accelerators and incubators are an exciting way to develop your business, gain support, and find community. Many of these incubators and accelerators are especially for women or people who come from diverse or marginalized backgrounds. Check out our suggestions and see if there’s one that is a good fit for you!

Resources & Tools

MergeLane
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MergeLane discovers, accelerates and invests in high-potential startups with at least one woman in leadership. They make select investments in startups and venture funds, and run a series of seven-day immersive programs for startups with at least one female in leadership. MergeLane also offers intensive three-day Leadership Camps for male and female leaders in startups, industry, and nonprofits designed to accelerate participants’ growth as innovative leaders.

Valley Venture Mentors
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Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is a Western Massachusetts nonprofit with a mission to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into thriving businesses that are in a good position to grow. They have three core programs that engage experts and volunteers to support a network of new startup businesses with potential for growth. Their programs support early-stage startups from all business sectors to transform their ideas into sustainable business models, create innovative products and services, and to learn about types of capital and how to raise it. They try to prepare startups for growth and investment through mentorship, networking, and intensive training.

 

PowerMoves
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PowerMoves offers a variety of programs for entrepreneurs of color in New Orleans, Louisiana and Miami, Florida. They host events, opportunities to meet investors and learning programs for business owners at every stage of business.

Mortar
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Mortar offers an entrepreneurship course in Cincinnati, Ohio that is specifically designed for low income people who want to build or grow their businesses. The course is nine weeks, and includes mentorship, education, and support.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Atlanta
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The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Atlanta provides an incubator for women entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Georgia who are in the early stages of their business (1-3 years of operation).

WIN Lab Accelerator
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WIN Lab Accelerator is an 8 month program, offered in both Miami and Boston, for women entrepreneurs who want to launch or grow their business. It was created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, and the accelerator provides a learning curriculum,  coaching, opportunities to showcase your business, meet experts, and build local community.

ICIC Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business
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Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business is for women-, minority- and immigrant entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods. The program provides the necessary support to build and sustain food-related businesses.

Rent the Runway
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Project Entrepreneur is a collaboration of Rent the Runway & UBS. They offer a 5 week accelerator program for women business owners, resources, and free events in multiple cities around the country.

Standing in Our Power
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Standing in Our Power offers a business incubator for women of color. The 12 month program includes transformative leadership approaches that enables participants to, in their words, “bring forth their most powerful self in action to launch a thriving entrepreneurial venture.”

Digital Undivided
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Digital Undivided offers an incubator for diverse women (Black and Latinx) leaders and founders in the technology sector. They also publish research about women of color entrepreneurs in technology, and host community events.

DivInc
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DivInc is a 12 week accelerator program that focuses on supporting women and ethnically diverse leaders in the technology sector.

PowerMoves USA
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PowerMoves is an organization that supporters entrepreneurs of color at every stage of their business journey. They have boot camps for businesses that are just starting to develop, an accelerator for businesses who are in a more advanced stage, and opportunities to showcase your business to investors.

Hello Alice
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Hello Alice uses AI technology to curate tools, resources, events and opportunities based on stage of business, and they believe in inclusivity for women and minorities. They also run a 12 week virtual accelerator.

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