We started our annual AccelerateHERdc business pitch competition in 2018 specifically to incubate and accelerate the next great, lady-led food business in our region!

We have elected to defer this year’s AccelerateHERdc competition, choosing instead to create an emergency fund to support members of our team, who may suffer from financial hardship as a result of health-related issues in the uncertain times ahead.

We remain deeply committed to advancing mission-consistent food businesses through AccelerateHERdc and look forward to resuming this empowering tradition in the spring of 2021.


2019 AccelerateHERdc Winner: 

Eat Chic Chocolates

Lotta Andonian founded Eat Chic Chocolates in 2016 and has been creating handcrafted chocolates, filled with small-batch nut and seed butters, ever since! Her commitment to social and environmental responsibility is reflected in every aspect of her business, from her supply chain to her packaging. Lotta uses organic, fair trade chocolate with mindfully sourced ingredients to support sustainable farming practices and her packaging is made with recycled material.

Eat Chic’s ethical production standards and delicious vegan, gluten-free and soy-free chocolates were recognized with a Good Food Award in 2018.


2018 AccelerateHERdc Winner: 

Little Wild Things Farm

Our first AccelerateHERdc winner, Little Wild Things Farm, is proving that environmentally responsible farming is possible in urban landscapes! By transforming underutilized space in Washington D.C. into farms that produce soil­-grown microgreens, shoots, and edible flowers, they are playing a vital role in turning our local food system into a more sustainable one.

They also support other small businesses, including one that was launched at Glen’s! Little Wild Things collaborated with Cultured Kombucha to incorporate their edible flowers into a seasonal kombucha flavor!