2021 Elevate/Elevar Community Vote
The Elevate/Elevar Accelerator is a six-month entrepreneurship development program for Black & Latinx entrepreneurs. Through the Accelerator, we support founders with curriculum, connections, community, and access to capital through grants. We also support founders with interest-free loans in partnership with Kiva and a founder-focused investment fund. We aspire for the businesses we support to spark jobs and economic opportunities in North St. Louis City.
The community vote allows us to follow the lead of Black communities who have experienced generations of economic disinvestment. It allows us to activate community power, create space for community voice, and gives the communities we serve an opportunity to help us select what businesses do or do not come into their neighborhoods.
The Community Vote will be held from 2/22-2/25. We especially hope to hear from residents in wards 3 and 21. Type your address here to confirm your ward.
- Learn more about each finalist by clicking on their names to visit their websites or social media pages below.
- Scroll to the bottom to cast your ballot!
- Forward this link to your neighbors.
2021 Elevate/Elevar Finalists
Wine boutique with exclusive wines, beers, and more.
Ciara Imani May
Biodegradable hair extensions and synthetic hair recycling.
Peruvian handmade bags and apparel made with minimal waste.
U.S based in-flight fuel transfer service for longer flights.
Vegan certified manufacturer of frozen fresh black beans and sauces.
Custom-fitted diabetic shoes and insoles.
Early learning center for children, including special needs.
3D printed self watering planters for office, home, and garden.
In-home private dining experience with an executive chef.
Multi-state and virtual mental health counseling group.
Coffee shop with ethically sourced coffee from Honduras.
Small batch ice cream with fresh and local ingredients.
Cleaning and sanitation services for homes and businesses.
Locally owned full service sewer and drain cleaning company.
Locally made jewelry collection with recycled metals and gemstones.
Chemical and acrylic free nail care salon.
Afrocentric handmade jewelry and healing services.
Toxic free and vegan friendly detoxing deodorant.
Handmade and custom blend herbs and essential oils.
Gourmet butter toffee popcorn.
Stylish and wearable protective technology for low-light and hazardous environments.