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LEEAF: Growing equity, one entrepreneur at a time


What we do

The LEEAF Accelerator and Fellowship Program work to create a more diverse, equitable, and thriving economic landscape. LEEAF provides the direct training, resources, and enduring support to help entrepreneurs grow revenue, access capital, and thrive.


The core strategy pairs a cohort of 60 BIPOC women-led businesses with 60 Cal State LA student Fellows  in a year-long Accelerator focused on revenue growth and capital access.

Network of leaders

Accelerator members receive years of follow-on support and workshops reach hundreds more, fostering a long-term network of economic leaders

Investment ecosystem

Academic research and public relations campaigns directly target obstacles to growth and place BIPOC women-led businesses at the center of narratives of economic success

LEEAF Programs


Accelerator and Advising for Businesses

Direct, intensive support for BIPOC women entrepreneurs, including a LEEAF Fellow embedded with their business over the accelerator year. Hablamos Espanol


Fellowship for Students

A unique, paid opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills and plans including embedding with a local BIPOC woman entrepreneur.


Community impact

Supporting Accelerator & Fellowship alumni for years creates a network of economic leaders. Follow-on workshops, research, and advocacy support these leaders in changing the economic landscape