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Overview

How it works.

The Accelerator provides coaching, connections, and access to capital to help you scale your business, build a great team, and get ready for investment. Our 12-week business accelerator program can give you the knowledge, mentorship, and community you need to build the business you envision.

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Criteria

What it takes.

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level — for yourself and your community — we want to help. Take a look at our criteria to see if the Accelerator is the right fit for you.

Not a fit for the program right now?

No problem! For a list of partners supporting Bay Area entrepreneurs, check out our resources.

If you have more questions, read the FAQ.

An established business model that supports job creation.

The availability and commitment to fully participate.

Demonstrated product/market fit and traction.

A scalable business model with tangible expansion opportunities.

Program

What to expect.

Time

12 weeks to work on the four pillars: growth strategy, people strategy, capital strategy and investment readiness.

On average 20 hours per month with your cohort in structured workshops and with your strategic advisor.

Structure

Cohort based, in-person and virtual workshops centered on strategic learnings and practical takeaways.

1-on-1 mentoring session with high-caliber advisors to put learnings into action.

Commitment

2% deferred equity.

Capacity and ability to participate in an intensive program.

Ready to go?

Our Accelerator is a game-changer for entrepreneurs who want to grow their business and make a positive impact on their communities. The Accelerator at ICA can support your entrepreneurial journey while giving you the coaching, connections, and capital you need to succeed.

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Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“I feel lucky to have had this experience. The class content was so relevant, and the instructors were brilliant and well organized. […] The cohort was a great mix of passionate business owners all at the same growth stage, so it was beneficial for us all to share experiences and learn from each other.”

— Lila Owens, Cupcakin' Bakeshop
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“I was able to calibrate my own experiences, strengths, and weaknesses alongside other similar people. Spending time with other business owners who were facing similar learning curves and challenges provided a certain amount of reflection that is elusive in the flurry of day-to-day work.”

— Brian Eby, EBY Construction
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs

“The Accelerator helped me build confidence as a leader to be more directive and delegate effectively. It also helped me be able to make hard decisions based on looking at the data of my business and be able to get buy-in from my team about how to pivot to the trends.”

— Reem Assil, Reem’s California
Testimonials

Hear from our Entrepreneurs.

“The unique part of the Accelerator was the relationship built with ICA and the hands-on support received by the staff.

— Maria Palacio, Progeny Coffee
Meet Our Companies

Great businesses,
accelerated.

Meet Our Mentors

Growth & Fundraising Strategy

Tony Campos

ConsejoSano

Vice President Operations

Ben Chesler

The Roux Institute

Associate Director of Entrepreneurship

Sam Earle

Earle Asset Management LLC

Venture Advisor/Operator

Dan Harris

Braunhagey & Borden

Partner

Rob Hurlbut

Agriculture Capital

Managing Director

Michael Jones

Amalgamated Bank

First Vice President

Tim Koide

Pretend.video

Co-Founder

Stephanie Louie

North Star Brand Builders

Founder & Chief Strategist

Alison May

Self Employed

Jonathan Mi

Brightpath Capital Partners

Principal Partner

Cheryl Parks

Consult Speak Coach

Founder

David Shenson

Vista Point Solutions

Principal

Jess Skylar

Safi Analytics

Head of Growth + Operations

Corey Vernon

Radicle Impact Partners

Director

Operations

Martha Belcher

Retooling for Growth

Founder

Betsy Beros

Jordan Real Estate Investments

COO

Matt Seriff-Cullick

Foxtail Catering

COO

HR, People, Culture & Leadership

Heather Arora

HDA Consulting

CEO and Founder

Levi Booser

Bellwether Coffee

Chief People and Culture Officer

Martha Hernandez

madeBOS

Founder and CEO

Sherri Pittman Howard

Torch Labs

Executive Coach

Susan Zeme

Law Office of Susan Zerme

Attorney

Julie Harris Wasserman

Waterline Coaching

Pitch Coaching

Jamie Li

Next Door

Product Marketing Manager

Meghna Mahadevan

Self Employed

Tech Equity & Inclusion Engineer

Finance & Accounting Strategy

Jeff Cheung

Cheung Advisory Services

Managing Director

Mindy Christensen

RSF Social Finance

Vice President of Lending

Jerry Dratler

Self Employed

Finance Consultant

Frank Tsai

FLG Partners

Partner & CFO

Daniel Sanchez

KeyBanc Capital Markets

Director

Marketing Strategy

Alissa Grier Kargbo

PostMates

Product Marketing Manager

Greg Nielsen

Nutricare

Vice President, Marketing and Sales Consultant

Rosa Ziebell

EMME

Chief Marketing Officer

Our Impact

$18M Growth Capital Secured

$18M Growth Capital Secured

80% of Capital Needs Met

80% of Capital Needs Met

27% Revenue Growth, Year Over Year

27% Revenue Growth, Year Over Year

400 Jobs Created

400 Jobs Created

$23.42 Average Hourly Wage

$23.42 Average Hourly Wage

Read Our Impact Report