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Accelerators & Related Funding Support
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Accelerators & Related Funding Support

BK-XL is an early-stage startup accelerator program focused on BIPOC founders and based in Brooklyn. The accelerator is a partnership between the Social Justice Fund and Visible Hands.


The inaugural cohort will include 12 companies that will each receive up to $500,000 in investments and include an in-person program run for 10 weeks in Brooklyn from April to June 2023.

Founders do not need to be in NYC already but must commit to building their startup full-time in Brooklyn for the entirety of the 10-week program between April and June 2023.

Email for any questions 

Deadline to apply is 01/20/23 but late submissions will be accepted through 1/24/23. 

This program aims to strengthen MWBE’s operational and development capacity and skills for growth and sustainability. This is a leading-edge 12-month immersive program for certified and growth-oriented minority and women-owned business enterprise (MWBE) firms with intensive technical assistance and business development training to accelerate and sustain their business growth. Click here for more info.

Pace University's Lubin School of Business and AnD Ventures launched the Pace Entrepreneurship Studio (PES) to connect students and alumni to international leaders and business professionals to facilitate the development and evolution of their startups. PES offerings include mentorship and a personalized roadmap for students and alumni entrepreneurs looking to transform their ventures into successful companies.

Abbott and LISC are collaborating on a $37.5 million initiative to support diverse small businesses. This includes growth capital, loans and coaching to help business leaders grow their companies and create jobs – which will build a more resilient and inclusive healthcare supply chain for Abbott and other companies, support greater diversity in the health care industry, and also help drive broader economic opportunity.


A small business must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the initiative:

  • Based in the United States, with an annual revenue of $250,000 or more;

  • In operation for more than two years, with an ability to deploy capital toward business improvement and growth; and

  • Part of the healthcare industry, with a focus on manufacturing diagnostics, nutrition products, medical devices and other healthcare technologies, or offering business-to-business products and services that the healthcare industry can use such as IT, human resources, and construction, among others.

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