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How it works

Sixty small businesses join a year-long cohort working alongside experts and LEEAF Fellows to first build capacity and revenue, gain access to capital and investors to sustain growth, and emerge as leaders for local economic revitalization.

grow revenue

Fellows and business leaders work together to pivot to business models that are disaster-resilient and able to recover from economic downturns through launching digital marketing campaigns, developing new customer pipelines, and refining products and services to efficiently address the rapidly evolving  needs of the communities they serve.

Female owned business

Who is Eligible

We highly encourage applications from traditionally underserved communities such as South and East LA to apply. Businesses outside priority areas may apply. Business must be led by BIPOC Women leaders and should have a minimum of 6 months in business. Applicants must be eligible to attend all accelerator trainings and must be willing to work with a trained paid Cal State LA student Fellow in Spring 2022.

Benefits for Businesses

Custom training sessions

High-level training to grow revenue, gain access to capital, and use cutting-edge tools to help your business thrive. 

Long-term support

One-on-one advising sessions plus connections to over 100 industry experts and exclusive partnerships, continuing past the Accelerator year. 

Human capital

Match with a trained, paid intern from Cal State LA to support your needs, putting in 7 months of skilled work to help you grow.