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If you're an entrepreneur looking to refine your business model and prepare your operations for growth, Start.Pivot.Grow. is the accelerator program for you. Our team of experts provides business advising and resources to help you achieve your business goals.

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Accelerator Outcomes


We Build Better
Businesses by Design

Start.Pivot.Grow. Accelerator is a national accelerator and business development program dedicated to fueling equitable wealth distribution, fostering development, and driving business innovation. We support small to midsize businesses through results-driven business education, business advising, and access to capital programs.

In collaboration with the UPS Foundation, Dallas College Foundation, and Integrality, Start.Pivot.Grow. Accelerator offers low to no-cost business management training courses, workshops, and webinars to business executives, managers, and leaders across the U.S. These programs are designed to enhance management workforce skills, increase improve productivity, enhance increase operational efficiencies, and maximize profitability.

We provide grant-funded accelerators for small to midsize business owners and operators aiming to scale their businesses into 6-figure to 7-figure revenue-generating ventures that create jobs, access capital, and build stronger communities. By partnering with community colleges, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), banks, and corporations, we deliver practical, real-world business education, technical assistance, and access to capital to BIPOC entrepreneurs.

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Accelerator Features

Business Advising

Business Education

Access to Capital

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Scholars will complete and receive:

  • 8 Business Management Classes

  • 4 Business Advising and Mentoring Sessions

  • 1 Free Copy of Business Growth Planner

  • 1 Free Copy of Loan Package Planner

  • Access to Start.Pivot.Grow. Business Growth Apps

  • Automatic Enrollment in the Start.Pivot.Grow. $2,500 Small Business Grant Challenge

  • Opportunity to Apply to Pitch for $20,000 Grant Award

Accelerator Requirements



Business Owner


Own and operate an active retail, e-commerce, or franchise business for 2 years or more

Annual Revenue


Must earn $100,000 or more in annual revenue 

Number of



Must have 2 or more employees or contractors (including owner)

Time Commitment


Must be able to attend online and onsite workshops, webinars and business advising sessions 1-2 days a week for 8-10 weeks

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Application Process


Applicants must apply online and provide all necessary documents and data for assessment.

*Please note that approval is not guaranteed, and contestants compete for entry.

What Our Scholars Say


Since winning, I've been able to update my packaging, create a real marketing plan with social media ad spend, and enter this year's Essence Festival of Culture. Going to Essence Fest will give me the opportunity to make 5 figures in revenue over the span of 3 days. Without Cynthia and Wells Fargo, my business was on the verge of closing, but thankfully, I am now happy to say that Scent & Fire is here to stay!


Pitch Winners

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Ready to Grow
Your Business?

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