ACCELERATE CREATORS

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

MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE 2020 ELEVATE/ELEVAR COHORT

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.

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!

Fatimah Muhammad

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

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.

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.

David Cervantes

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

Brandon Original

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

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.

La’Crassia Wilderness

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

Tiffany Elise Wesley

Pure Vibes is a worker-owned company that creates essential wellness products, including artisan-made soaps and aromatherapy products, that elevate our customers and communities.

Dream of Change Report—Announcing the Elevate/Elevar Accelerator!
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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

ADVISORY BOARD

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Roo Yawitz

Daniela Velázquez

Daniela Velázquez

Chisom Uche

Chisom Uche

Dan Sills

Dan Sills

Emily Lohse Busch

Emily Lohse Busch

Lakesha Mathis

Lakesha Mathis

Dr. Cheryl Watkins Moore

Dr. Cheryl Watkins Moore

Barry Maciak

Barry Maciak

Phillip Sangokoya

Phillip Sangokoya

Feliz Tovar

Feliz Tovar

Neal Richardson

Neal Richardson

Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron

Chavelle Patterson

Chavelle Patterson

Tyler Kelley

Tyler Kelley

Rikki Henry

Rikki Henry

PARTNERS

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SLAM!

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Village Capital

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Omiga

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Score

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Square One

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Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI)

SPONSORS

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Wells Fargo
Presenting Sponsor

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Cortex Innovation Community
Presenting Sponsor

ATP

Arch To Park
Accelerate Sponsor

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InvestSTL
Build Sponsor

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Build Sponsor

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JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Build Sponsor

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Square
Activate Sponsor

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STL Made
Solidarity Sponsor

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Arch Grants
Solidarity Sponsor

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Commerce Bank
Solidarity Sponsor

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IFF
Solidarity Sponsor

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Public Design Bureau
Solidarity Sponsor

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Skandalaris Center
Solidarity Sponsor

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Advantage Capital Partners
Solidarity Sponsor

Dean Mary McKay
Solidarity Sponsor

Ellen Sherberg
Solidarity Sponsor

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