Elevate/Elevar Accelerator

Elevate/Elevar is a direct response to both need and opportunity. From 1983 to 2013, our nation’s median wealth decreased nearly 20 percent. While White wealth increased during this period, Black and Latinx wealth decreased significantly. This has left our communities in states of extreme disinvestment, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. We can bridge the racial wealth gap by elevating Black and Latinx founders, who are too often overlooked and underestimated. Investment in their success is estimated to generate 1.1 million more businesses and 9 million more jobs. It would boost our national income by 300 billion dollars.

Elevate Accelerator, as a Village Capital Community, is part  of an international network that supports ready-to-scale companies. Our six-month program offers St. Louis-based founders:

  • Access to capital

  • Training, using Village Capital’s research-based investment-readiness curriculum

  • Advising from a business coach and mentors

  • Office hours with attorneys, accountants, HR and marketing professionals

  • Co-working space and community


Eemerg Roadside Assistance Marketplace

Whitney McClendon-Gregory

Eemerg allows users to pick the nearest available roadside assistance service provider with a budget in mind. The Eemerge platform connects users directly with those who are available and qualified to assist the user in real time.


Shine in All Shades

Valeria Rodriguez

Shine In All Shades Adult Coloring Book Series + workshops addresses self care & the issue of colorism via hand drawn illustrations paired with positive affirmations - which help cultivate safe & fun spaces for our communities to shine unapologetically!


Apiary at the Park

Fatimah Muhammad

Apiary @ The Park is a cultural Co-working space for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, as well as new and established small businesses.


Heru Urban Farming and Garden

Tyrean Lewis

Heru transforms food desert areas into healthy and sustainable environments by acquiring and revitalizing land to provide quality organic foods and herbal goods and donates some produce to elderly and single parents.


Books N Bros

Winnie Caldwell & Sidney Keys III

Books N Bros is a youth-led book club for boys, which is a subscription-based program to advocate for African American literacy.


Pure Vibes

Tiffany Elise Wesley

Pure Vibes provides hemp powered healthy alternatives for traditional feminine hygiene by addressing the need for managing mood, menstrual care, pain management, and mental health.


Cervantes Designs

David Cervantes

Designs, engineers and fabricates custom furnishings and interiors, using ethically sourced materials, with the aid of automated technology.


Original Family Smokehouse

Brandon Original

Original Family Smoke House is a Plant-Based food company that provides 100% vegan comfort classic meals.

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Julian Keaton

Dimensions is a mobile game designed to introduce college students & transplants to their new city and to foster community engagement through augmented reality experiences with longer-term residents and organizations.

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Butter Love

La’Crassia Wilderness

Butter Love provides all natural skin care products that help to heal, soothe and moisturize the masses.

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Elevate/Elevar Founders’ Commitment to Community
Elevate/Elevar Accelerator 6-month Curriculum
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“The stronger families are, the stronger their communities can and will be. Entrepreneurship can help build individual and community wealth, but only if we are intentional in our efforts.”

Lisa Hamilton, President & CEO of Annie E. Casey Foundation



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