Impact Accelerator

A 4-month program to grow or transform your business.

Propeller’s Impact Accelerator is an interactive 4-month accelerator program that provides entrepreneurs with coaching, community building, curriculum, and technical assistance.

Our program enables entrepreneurs to build ventures that are grounded in financial viability, social impact, racial equity, and a demonstrated commitment to the prosperity of our city and region.

In response to COVID-19, this year’s accelerator focuses on supporting businesses navigating the new landscape as a result of the pandemic. Propeller will prioritize working with those entrepreneurs within our focus areas who aim to pivot their strategies or strengthen their service or program delivery while incorporating foundations of equity into strategies and services with the goal of addressing disparities in New Orleans.

Program Dates: July 15 - November 20

Final Application Deadline: May 31 at 11:59 pm CT

For additional information, view our Program Overview and Application Overview.

Focus Areas

Community Economic Development

Entrepreneurs working to impact and improve localized economic development, to develop affordable housing, and to create jobs and build community especially for the benefit of people of color. Propeller will prioritize entrepreneurs along the Broad Street corridor, specifically those organizations addressing housing insecurity.

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Education

Entrepreneurs working to infuse social-emotional learning, increase family and community engagement, and enact equitable, culturally relevant practices, policies, and approaches to classrooms, schools, and education systems across New Orleans.

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Food

Entrepreneurs improving food access and food equity as well as food service businesses who are pivoting to producing consumer packaged goods and other local food products with an emphasis on sustainable, healthy, affordable, and locally sourced ingredients. Propeller will prioritize ideas that will create equitable economic development of the New Orleans food system.

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Health

Entrepreneurs providing direct health and wellness services, including clinical care and services that address the social and physical determinants of health. Propeller will prioritize entrepreneurs working to serve a client base demographically representative of New Orleans.

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Water

Entrepreneurs working specifically in stormwater management, green infrastructure, coastal restoration, or adaptation and resilience. Propeller will prioritize entrepreneurs working to diversify the water economy towards a more demographically representative sample of the majority Black and Brown city they serve.

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