Founders Business Accelerator

Welcome Cohort 2

Founders Business Accelerator (FBA) is a FREE small business and startup acceleration program to help underrepresented small businesses and startup founders in low income neighborhoods in Los Angeles grow their business and increase their community, social and environmental impact.

Meet Cohort 2

Grace Mase,

BEYREP is an easy-to-use, online construction management tool.

Kameale C. Terry-Fullington, ChargerHelp!

Enabling on-demand repair of electric vehicle charging stations

Kar Lee Young,
Crenshaw Yoga and Dance

A safe place for our community to meet and connect, offering healthy food and drink options.

AyEsha McLaughlin, M.Ed
Dr. Hattie Mitchell,
Play Space Museum

A play space for children and their caregivers to engage in culturally-inclusive, interactive play while developing school-readiness skills.

Cody Nowak,

Offering the built environment holograms and virtual reality.

Linda Ocampo and Johanna Iraheta,

Plant nursery/coffeeshop promoting zero waste sustainable practices and water re-use using biofilters.

Ashley Rios,
Fit Culture Studios L.L.C.

Boutique fitness studio with retail section.

Lyn Pacificar,
Herbalaria LLC

Herbalaria is an ancestral roots movement company, connecting community to indigenous traditions through the art of Filipino plant medicine.

Jose Garcia,
K-Parking, LLC

We began as a parking business. Through community research we discovered we could provide services that benefit the community.

Grace Park and Luis Reyes,

An app and website that helps job seekers find jobs they love based on value alignment and get them through the door with vetted quality referrals.

Nick Stern,
Plastic Jesus Inc.

Plastic Jesus is an artist who creates and sells engaging art, inspired by news, culture and current affairs.

Celia and Joe Ward-Wallace,
South LA Cafe & South LA Market

South LA Cafe is a community coffee shop and cultural center. South LA Market is a community grocery store.

Joeleen and Miguel Medina,
Truman House Tavern

Gastropub / Tavern

Edward Stewart III,

Ride-sharing platform

What past participants say:

“The most valuable part of the program was the access to information and people who are doing exactly what we needed to know or who understand what we are trying to do.”

Cary Jordan Jr.
Jordan’s Hotdogs 

“The FBA program really put us at the center of some of the most up and coming creative people in Los Angeles who are interested in supporting new innovation that will build communities back up.” 

Mary Sutton
Collective Remake 

“Meeting all of my peers in the Cohort… and to actually get to know them and see that we are aligned in what we are trying to do in the community was really valuable.” 

Sabrina Williams

We want to thank the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Monica Rodriguez, plus our partners at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Bixel Exchange, PACE Finance Corporation, Vermont Slauson Economic Development (VSEDC), The Opportunity Fund, Small Business Development Center (SBCD), and the County of Los Angeles DCBA for contributing to a very fun and productive evening with their wide array of resources for entrepreneurs.

The Founders Business Accelerator is a free program designed to help your business grow and is made possible by the Community Development Block Grant funding via the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI).

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