Portfolio Company Application Requirements
Accelerator portfolio firms are sizeable, high-growth-potential, minority-owned business enterprises. Qualifications for inclusion include, but are not limited to the following:
Expectations of Portfolio Firms
The Accelerator provides Portfolio Firms with business development services, including:
Lincoln & Gilbert
We believe collaboration drives minority business growth.
In addition to optimizing the growth of its existing portfolio companies, the Accelerator is committed to growing a robust pipeline of larger-scale MBEs in the Greater Cincinnati region. This pipeline-building work is conducted through a highly unique and structured community collaboration known as Lincoln & Gilbert.
Lincoln & Gilbert supports, assists, and advocates to ensure firms have access to the networks needed to reach sales goals, increased operating capacity, maximum profitability, and sustainable wealth creation.
In addition to the Accelerator, current members of Lincoln & Gilbert include:
Lincoln & Gilbert Requirements
To take advantage of the Lincoln & Gilbert collaborative, the emerging small business must be at least 51% minority-owned and controlled. Additionally, the applicant firm is required to demonstrate an unambiguous path to sustainable business growth. The most common indicators of growth potential:
The Accelerator and Lincoln & Gilbert partnered to share stories of eleven high potential minority businesses in the Cincinnati region as part of its “Building A Business Enterprise” campaign.