Business Accelerator


How It Works

LEEAF Accelerator drives growth for a cohort of business Leaders through tailored trainings, 1:1 advising, and human capital in the form of a dedicated LEEAF Fellow. Accelerator members support each other during an intensive training year and then through the alumni network to grow revenue, access capital, and acquire cutting-edge tools to help their businesses thrive.

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

  • Applicant should be a BIPOC Women who is the owner, operational leader or a meaningfully involved decision maker of the Business or Organization.
  • In business for a minimum of 6 months
  • Based in Los Angeles County. We highly encourage applications from traditionally underserved communities such as East LA, South LA, South Central LA and South East LA. Businesses outside priority areas may apply.
  • BIPOC Leader must have a business vision for scalability and growth. 
  • Must be eligible to attend all accelerator trainings and showcase.
  • Must be willing to work with a paid CalStateLA Student Fellow through December of 2023 (fellowship stipend will be paid by CalStateLA).  
  • 40 BIPOC Women Business Leaders or Entrepreneurs will be accepted 

Additional key characteristics we’re looking for can be found on the LEEAF Business Accelerator FAQs

Special Announcement: Cohort updates

Business Leader! LEEAF Cohort 2024 is coming soon! Check back on our website to keep an eye out for new updates.