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Check out these exciting new accelerator opportunities...

Hey there! Our team is working hard to make sure founders have access to high quality programming and resources necessary to thrive, so we’re working with a few great organizations to help source a diverse pool of applicants. First up, we’ve got two exciting opportunities with applications due this week (May 13th & May 15th). Keep reading to learn more about each program, and be sure to get those applications in!

Also, be sure to join us tonight (May 12th) for our weekly Community Session from 7pm-9pm ET. Feel free to stop by and ask any questions you have about the programs mentioned below, or anything else our community can help with. We hope to see you there!

Thank you!
Garry Johnson III
Founder & Executive Director


P&G Ventures Innovation Challenge is seeking inventors, entrepreneurs, and fast-moving consumer goods startups in categories including balanced protection from harmful bacteria, enhanced sleep, non-toxic insect solutions, women's wellness, personal performance, active aging, and other consumables that improve people's lives and aren't in one of P&G's current categories. If that’s you, apply to pitch at the upcoming P&G Ventures Innovation Challenge. The winner will receive a $10K Prize and the opportunity to partner with P&G Ventures to scale your enterprise. 

Applications close on May 13, 2021. Apply Here!


First Founders and Black Innovation Alliance are also excited to partner with Village Capital and IBM to identify BIPOC-led startups leveraging highly sensitive data to improve the quality of, and access to digital, financial and healthcare services. Through the IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator, startups will learn how to scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisors, and gain exposure to investors, while receiving access to up to $120K in IBM cloud credits. Applicants will also be considered for a lighter-touch accelerator, “Friends of Hyperprotect” and a global Datatech for Good Coalition that is open to all applicants and will serve as a community for like minded entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors. Apply Here!

The program is seeking startups from North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, MENA and SEA that: 

  • Are legally incorporated as a for-profit entity

  • Use personally identifiable information to increase access to digital, financial, or healthcare services

  • Are under $1 million in yearly revenue

  • Are less than 5 years old

  • Have some traction (this is not limited to revenue, but can include successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

  • Have positive social impact

Questions? Reach out to Kavon Badie at kavon.badie@vilcap.com or APPLY DIRECTLY  HERE by May 15th, 2021.


Lastly, be sure to join us tonight (5/12) for our weekly Community Session from 7pm-9pm ET. Feel free to stop by and ask any questions you have about these programs, or anything else. We hope to see you there!