Our AccelerateHERdc annual pitch competition has evolved into a seasonal grant program!

Our Goal: identify, incubate and accelerate minority-owned, sustainability oriented local food businesses!

We founded our AccelerateHERdc business pitch competition back in 2018 to identify, incubate and accelerate local, lady-led, sustainability oriented small food businesses. To improve access to that funding and support, we have evolved AccelerateHERdc from an annual competition into a grant program.

Our goal: to enhance access to capital and meaningful mentorship, with a specific focus on supporting female founders of color.

Grants in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded seasonally (in January, April, July and October). In addition to grant funding, awardees will receive mentorship from Danielle Vogel, the Founder of Glen’s Garden Market, as well as other key members of the Glen’s Garden Market Team.

The AccelerateHERdc Grant Program is open to female food business founders, including those founders, who identify as female.

2019

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

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!