Accelerate & Empower Program

Connecticut – Amazon “Accelerate and Empower” Program

Apply for the 2024 Cohort | Nominate and Collaborate

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) and ICIC are proud to partner with Amazon and Arctaris Impact Investors to launch a supplier empowerment program designed to help diverse owned and small businesses (DOSBs) in Connecticut grow and increase economic impact in the region.

The Amazon Accelerate and Empower program in Connecticut will be offered in hybrid modality, starting with an in-person Opening Seminar taking place Tuesday, July 30th. The Opening Seminar will be followed by a series of online classes tailored for suppliers, including content created and delivered by Amazon, and an in-person capstone event. This program also features a unique capital coaching opportunity with Arctaris Impact Investors.

The requirements for the Amazon Accelerate and Empower Program are:

  • Diverse Owned or Small Businesses (DOSBs)
  • For-profit companies
  • Located in an under-resourced communities in Connecticut
  • Generating average annual revenues of $1 million
  • Operating for at least three years and past the start-up stage

Learn more about the ICCC program by checking out our Program Overview Video here. For questions regarding the 2024 Accelerate and Empower Program, reach out directly to Sam Figueroa, Lead Program Coordinator, at or (617) 238-3047

“The seminar was an excellent source of great information. All of the keynote speakers were very knowledgeable in their field, and I learned a lot with these two seminars”

Prestige Construction, LLC

Apply for the 2024 Accelerate and Empower Program

Are you a business owner from Connecticut looking to grow and scale your business? If so, apply to participate today! The application deadline is Sunday, July 21st, 2024.

Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to schedule a phone interview with our team. For questions about the application process, contact Sam Figueroa at or (617) 238-3047

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2024 Accelerate and Empower Timeline

  • Nomination Deadline: Friday, June 14th, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, July 21st, 2024
  • Accelerate and Empower Opening Seminar Series: Tuesday, July 30th, 2024

Become a Nominator for the 2024 Accelerate and Empower Program

As a Nominator, we would work together to identify and nominate businesses in your network to participate in the program.

We’ve created the 2024 Accelerate and Empower Nominator Toolkit which includes our Nominator Process Packet, sample language and social media copy to promote the program, and other tools to best assist you through the nomination process. It outlines the various ways you can get involved as a nominator, the nomination and application timelines, best practices, and FAQs.

You can nominate business owners using our online Nomination Form, or by uploading your nominations to the Nomination Template and emailing it to by Friday, June 14th, 2024. 

For questions about the nomination process, contact Sam Figueroa at or (617) 238-3047

Nominate Now

Become a Collaborator with the 2024 Accelerate and Empower Program

As a Collaborator, we would work together to promote and provide resources to the larger small business ecosystem by hosting webinars, volunteering as coaches, and participating in various panel discussions.

If you’re interested in serving as a Collaborator, please schedule a call to speak with Sam Figueroa here. Read below to see some of the ways in which you can get involved:

For additional ways to engage with us, please review the For Partners page here. We are always looking for innovative ways to engage with our partners.


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