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Start.Pivot.Grow. Accelerator

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 personalized advising and resources to help you achieve your business goals.

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Start.Pivot.Grow. Accelerator is a national accelerator and business development program fueling equitable distribution of wealth, economic development and business innovation by supporting small to midsize businesses through results driven business education, business advising and access to capital programs. 

Start.Pivot.Grow. Accelerator, in partnership with Dallas College, offers low to no cost business management training courses, workshops and webinars to business executives, managers and leaders across the U.S. to enhance workforce skills to improve productivity, operational efficiencies and maximize profitability.

We offer grant-funded accelerators for small to midsize business owners and operators looking to build and scale their businesses into 6-figure to 7-figure revenue generating ventures that create jobs, access capital and build stronger communities. We partner with community colleges, CDFIs, banks and corporations to deliver practical real-world business education, technical assistance and access to capital to BIPOC entrepreneurs. 



Business Owner

Own and operate an active retail, e-commerce, or franchise business for 3 years or more

Number of Employee

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

Annual Revenue

Must earn $100,000 or more in annual revenue 

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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Applicants must apply online, supply all documents and data required for assessment. Participants will be notified 3 weeks prior to Accelerator start date. All approved participants are asked to complete the training program, business advising and apply to pitch for grant award at the end of each cohort. Approval is not guaranteed. Contestants compete for entry.

Accelerator Details

Cohort 8 Scholars Announced

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 Small Business Grant Sponsored by Wells Fargo Foundation happening July 8, 2024

   Cohort 8 Launches April 29, 2024   

Congratulation Cohort 8 Scholars

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming the new Scholars accepted into Cohort 8:


Serveway Heating and Air Conditioning
The Crease Beast LLC
Circle V Landscape Architecture
Cook and Run Inc
Mass Media Films
Seva Risk Services
QBK Sports
Champions For Veterans
Black Girl Magic Museum
Surly Squirrel
Manifest Your Purpose
Luxia Corporate Housing
ZZ’s Ice Cream Puffs
Legacy Mail & Shipping
Feemster innovations
A Hundred XOXO
Lion Heart Fitness

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Cohort 7

$10,000 Pitch Competition Winner
Scent & Fire

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Cohort 8

April 29, 2024 - July 8, 2024

Application Closed 

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Cohort 9

UPS + Start.Pivot.Grow.

Franchise Accelerator

August 12, 2024 - October 17, 2024

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