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published on August 12, 2022 - 12:08 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Food and goods delivery company DoorDash, in partnership with business consultancy group Next Street, announced a call for applications to California’s DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods — a program designed to promote consumer product businesses owned by women, transgender, immigrant and minority entrepreneurs.

The program aims to empower local entrepreneurs by providing resources, education and funding to bring products to market for distribution via DashMart, an online convenience store that brings household essentials and local restaurant choices to customers.

The Accelerator program consists of a live and self-guided, six-week educational program and will provide approved participants with a $5,000 grant supporting businesses needs. It will also provide business owners access to DoorDash marketing and sales support as well as the opportunity to sell products on DashMart.

“Through the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Goods, we are committed to empowering local business owners with the educational resources and financial capital to become wholesale-ready and bring their products into communities and homes across the country,” said Tasia Hawkins, Social Impacts Program Lead at DoorDash.

The program was initially tested in the Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C.

“After a successful inaugural cohort of the Accelerator earlier this year, we are thrilled to bring the program to California and we look forward to getting to know a new group of inspirational local entrepreneurs this fall,” Hawkins added.

Applications are open until Aug. 26.

Eligible businesses must be operating in California and have been in business for at least two years. Applicants must also have generated less than $1 million in 2021, and have twenty or fewer employees.

Applicants are not required to have an existing partnership with DoorDash to apply.

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