Project Accelerate aims to boost diverse veteran- and military spouse-owned businesses

July 3, 2023

A new national accelerator based in Dayton, Ohio aims to boost businesses in the veteran and military community.

Project Accelerate seeks diverse veteran-, military- and military spouse-owned companies for its first cohort, kicking off this fall.

Project Accelerate is backed by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce will manage the cohorts.

The accelerator will drive equity and inclusion within the veteran and military community. Facilitators are seeking 50 cohort participants. Participants receive training and coaching to expand their business within the commercial and government sectors. They will also be connected to national supplier diversity partners to maximize contracting opportunities.

“We are thrilled to unveil Project Accelerate as a transformative initiative that will provide strong training support and connections to support growth of established businesses,” said Belinda Matthews Stenson, vice president, Business Inclusion for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Through Project Accelerate, we aim to remove barriers and promote equity in the veteran and military community here in the Dayton region and across the country.”

Apply by July 26. Candidates will be notified by Aug. 15. The cohort will kick off Sept. 19.