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Ascend Atlanta is an accelerator designed to scale and launch high-growth minority businesses in the Atlanta area. The program is in partnership with JP Morgan Chase, Morehouse Center for Entrepreneurship, TechSquare Labs, Village Micro Fund, Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative and Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs. The intensive business accelerator is designed to assist companies in gaining valuable management education, access to capital and access to markets. To date we have matriculated over 80 companies founded by underrepresented founders here in Atlanta, created over 22 jobs and seen these companies go on to raise over $3.7M cumulatively in debt or investment capital.

How It Works

Applications typically open throughout the year for 12-week programing. Multiple applications do not increase your chances of acceptance, so pick the program that is the best fit for you. However if you have applied in the past - we encourage you to apply again.

What to Know Before Applying

Our applications are designed to better understand you, your idea, team, market, progress and growth potential. Take your time to complete the application to your best ability with all of the business and market questions asked. Your goal is to demonstrate to the Ascend Atlanta team your ability to execute on the idea. We want our founders to be passionate about their startups as well as have the ability to execute on the knowledge and guidance received. We believe magic can happen for new and growing businesses within the Atlanta ecosystem with the right resources and strategies.

Current Open Programs

Our applications are designed to better understand you, your idea, team, market, progress and growth potential. Take your time to complete the application to your best ability with all of the business and market questions asked. Your goal is to demonstrate to the Ascend Atlanta team your ability to execute on the idea. We want our founders to be passionate about their startups as well as have the ability to execute on the knowledge and guidance received. We believe magic can happen for new and growing businesses within the Atlanta ecosystem with the right resources and strategies.

Microbusinesses

Program Starts: August 2019

Program Ends: November 2019

Our partnership helps community micro businesses on the Southside of Atlanta increase capacity, strategy, revenue and technology capabilities.

Tech Startups

Program Starts: October 2019

Program Ends: January 2019

Our partnership helps early to growth stage entrepreneurs access management training, technical assistance, and capital to take them from product market fit to scaling their revenue and create new jobs.

Small To Midsize Businesses

Program Starts: February 2020

Program Ends: April 2020

Our partnership helps early to growth stage entrepreneurs access management training, technical assistance, and capital to take them from product market fit to scaling their revenue and create new jobs.