Founders Business Accelerator (FBA) is a small business and startup acceleration program to help underrepresented small business and startup founders in low income neighborhoods in Los Angeles grow their business and increase their community, social and environmental impact.
The first workshop of the FBA program was held on May 11, 2019 and the program runs through July 2019. LACI vetted almost 200 applications for the first cohort, illustrating the opportunity and interest amongst small business founders in L.A. Applicants were accepted to the program based on ability to scale, commitment to social and environmental impact and their company’s business model. All the founders live and have their businesses located in the City of Los Angeles.
The Founders Business Accelerator is a free program designed to help small businesses grow, prompted by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. It is funded by the Community Development Block Grant funding via the Economic and Workforce Development Department. Additional support was provided by Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Monica Rodriguez to recruit applicants and support the program.
Welcome our first cohort of amazing companies!
Lance Kling, Fenestar
- energy efficient windows and doors
Carey Jordan, Jordan’s Hot Dogs
- historic hot dog restaurant
Rudy Rios, SEED
- residential sustainable agriculture
Tom Nguyen, CultureGap LLC
- an art and culture marketing firm
Mary Sutton, Collective REMAKE – Recycle for JOBs
- a social enterprise
Kelli Jackson, Hank’s Mini Market
- grocery store and community hub
Vanessa Ballesteros and Elisa Gomez, Sunbox Inc.
- a healthy food tech company
Brenda Yancor, Sustainable Adventures (Rhonda’s Resilient Adventures)
- meal delivery service for outdoors
Orlando Leon, Volumen Technologies
- social enterprise
Adé E. Neff, Ride On! Bike Shop / Co-Op
- bicycle sales and rental
Vanessa Punche, L.A. Grind Coffee & Tea Bar
- coffee food truck
Malvena Walker-Addison, Nena’s Organics
- organic beauty products
NanaEfua Afoh-Manin, Shared Harvest
- fintech company
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).
LACI's Founders Business Accelerator.