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Impact Ventures Accelerator Program

The Impact Venture’s Accelerator is a 12-week Financial Investment Readiness + Accelerator program designed to train and develop underrepresented women, minority, or social impact focused startups. We believe diversity and inclusion drives innovation as a competitive advantage and value our founders for their lived experience that has positioned them to transform the market with game-changing technologies and enterprise solutions.

We surround our founders with a tight-knit family-like atmosphere, taking a deep dive into the startup life cycle through our 5 phase curriculum using award winning lean startup methodologies designed to prepare founders for capital investment and customer acquisition.

The 12-wk program operates from March 3rd, 2020 – May 30th, 2020, and the application period is September 2nd, 2019 — November 22nd, 2019

Startup Criteria

Startups lead by Women, POC, LMI, or Social Impact focused

For-Profit Enterprise

High Tech or Tech-Enabled Startups

Post Rev/MVP Preferred but not required

Pre-Seed / Seed Stage

Less than 5 years old

Nights/Weekends Availability

Majority Ownership of Startup

Program Elements

Founder Development

Founder-Solution Fit

Customer Development

Problem-Solution Fit

Product Development

Product-Market Fit

Product Development

Product-Market Fit


Program Features & Benefits

Dedicated Mentor

Expert mentors to help develop and guide startup roadmap 

Dedicated Venture Fellow

Additional support from university graduate level students to keep startups on path

Dedicated Workspace

Discounted access to Impact Ventures Office HQ during program with alumni options

Convenient Schedule

Convenient part-time schedule to fit the lifestyle of early stage founders

Family Gatherings

Cohort/Investor gatherings for relationship building through dinners and social outings.

Cohort Retreat

Cohort retreat and startup roadshow to ATX during program

Global Partner Network

Access to Impact Ventures Global Partner Network

Ongoing Portfolio Services

Take advantage of Impact Ventures portfolio services after program ends

Application Timeline

September 2nd, 2019

Applications Open

September - Novemeber

Interest Meetings Begin

Sep 10th, 17th, & 24th


Founder Open Pitch Practice

Oct 1st, 8th, & 15th

November 22nd @ 5:00pm

Program Applications Close

November 22 - December 2019

Founder Interviews Begin

January 2020

Startup Due Diligence Begins

February 15th, 2020

Cohort Participants Selected

March 3rd, 2020

Accelerator Kickoff Reception

March 3rd, 2020

Accelerator Program Begins

June 20th, 2020

Accelerator Showcase Event

Applications Are Open

The Countdown Begins


Apply as a Startup

Our Accelerator Programs equips underrepresented founders with the coaching, curriculum, capital, connections, and community to scale your startup.

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Join our network of mentors, partners, and investors that help fuel our mission to accelerate and invest in all shades of genius.