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How it works.

The ICA Accelerator provides coaching, connections, and access to capital to help you scale your business, build a great team, and get ready for investment. Our 16-week business accelerator program can give you the knowledge, mentorship, and community you need to build the business you envision.

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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.


What to expect.


16 weeks to work through the areas of focus.

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

Our goal is to give you the time and space to work on the growth of your business.


Cohort based, in-person workshops and practical learning.

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


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 ICA Accelerator can support your entrepreneurial journey while giving you the coaching, connections, and capital you need to succeed.

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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

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

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

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,

Meet Our Mentors

Growth & Fundraising Strategy

Tony Campos


Vice President Operations

Sam Earle

Earle Asset Management LLC

Venture Advisor/Operator

Ruben Hernandez


General Partner

Rob Hurlbut

Agriculture Capital

Managing Director

Michael Jones

Amalgamated Bank

First Vice President

Stephanie Louie

North Star Brand Builders

Founder & Chief Strategist

Jonathan Mi

Brightpath Capital Partners

Principal Partner

Jane Pak

Livie & Luca

Chief Operating Officer

David Shenson

Vista Point Solutions


Jess Skylar

Safi Analytics

Head of Growth + Operations

Corey Vernon

Radicle Impat Partners


Willis Wilson

Alpine SG

Consultant (Sales & Growth)

HR, People, Culture & Leadership

Heather Arora

HDA Consulting

CEO and Founder

Levi Booser

Bellwether Coffee

Chief People and Culture Officer

Zeydi Gutierrez

AB&I Foundry

Public Affairs Strategic Director

Martha Hernandez


Founder and CEO

Sherri Pittman Howard

Torch Labs

Executive Coach

Susan Zeme

Law Office of Susan Zerme


Pitch Coaching

Meghna Mahadevan

Self Employed

Tech Equity & Inclusion Engineer

Sharmila Singh

New Lens Consulting


Finance & Accounting Strategy

Jeff Cheung

Cheung Advisory Services

Managing Director

Jerry Dratler

Self Employed

Finance Consultant

Frank Tsai

FLG Partners

Partner & CFO

Marketing Strategy

Greg Nielsen

Self Employed

Marketing & E-commerce Consultant

Rosa Ziebell


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