Together, DoorDash and Accion Opportunity Fund, along with other restaurant industry experts, constructed an eight-week course that will provide 100 participants with an immersive curriculum covering topics such as marketing, technology integration, managing cash flow and menu creation.
Curriculum: A Closer Look
Finding Your Niche
Build a Financial Roadmap and Access Capital
Permits, Licensing, Regulations, and all Things Legal
Create the Right Menu
Get the Word Out: Marketing Like a Pro
Scale Your Business
Graduation: What's Next for Your Business?
DoorDash has organized an Advisory Committee of leading restaurant owners and operators to advise on Accelerator programming and provide further professional and educational support. The committee includes:
Co-Founder and Owner
High Street Hospitality Group
Executive Chef and Owner
Brown Sugar Kitchen
Creative Director and Owner
Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Chef and Host
We are proud to announce the selection of 100 restaurateurs to participate in our inaugural Main Street Strong Accelerator
Owner: Rosa Thurnher
Owner: Darrell Sprattling
Owner: Bellete Tessema
Owner: Waleed Shamsid-Deen
Owner: Sean Rush
Owner: Kartisha Henry
Owner: James Lee
Owner: Denice Weber
Owner: Lolita Yagnik
Owner: Swan Simpson
Owner: Jeannette Katz
Owner: Devotis Lee
Owner: Shirley Moon
Owner: Tameka Thomas
I am truly excited to be a part of the DoorDash Accelerator program in the coming weeks. There's not a concrete playbook for running your own restaurant and I am confident that this opportunity will provide additional education and resources to help set my restaurant up for long-term success. This investment of time will allow me to make an immediate impact on my business, my employees, and the community I serve.
Community is core to banh oui. and we are proud to have provided hundreds of meals to farmers each weekend during the pandemic. We’re incredibly grateful to have our efforts recognized by DoorDash after a tough year. As banh oui. continues to grow, assistance in revamping our business plan and connecting with like minded individuals will be invaluable to reaching our future goals.
Despite the challenges of COVID, we remain committed to service. It has been through harnessing the collective energy of the community, private foundations, government contracts and grants that we have been able to pivot, stay afloat and continue to serve our Atlanta community. We thank DoorDash and are really excited about the DoorDash grant and the Main Street Strong Accelerator program. We look forward to learning strategies to support us, help us sustain and grow during these difficult times.
identify as immigrant or refugee
identify as Black or African American
identify as Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic
identify as East Asian
identify as South Asian
The entire restaurant industry has experienced the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, but BIPOC-owned businesses are at the greatest risk of permanent closure and economic setback. These businesses and the people behind them are vital to the culture, spirit, and economic health of local communities, and the Main Street Strong Accelerator will provide the capital, support, and marketing they need to grow. Each of the 100 participating businesses will have access to:
- 8-week curriculum designed to stabilize and adapt your business for long-term success
- 1:1 financial, legal, and other support from industry experts
- $20,000 in grants to keep your restaurant open
- Free merchandising and marketing benefits from DoorDash
Applications closed March 2, 2021 at 5 pm PT.
February 23, 2021
March 2, 2021
March 19, 2021
April 5 – May 28, 2021
Program in session
In its inaugural year, the Accelerator aims to address the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have disproportionately impacted businesses that are women, immigrant, or BIPOC-owned. The program is open to all restaurant owners and operators who:
- Are operating three or fewer restaurant locations
- Have been operating for 2 or more years
- Have 50 employees or fewer across all locations
- Are located in NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia or Atlanta
- Are able to commit three hours per week to the program from April 5th-May 28th
Note: Participants do not need to be DoorDash or Caviar partners to participate in the program.
The application is designed to glean a better understanding of the business’ long term goals and unique experience operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. A rubric will be used to review and score each application. The rubric is based on the application questions and the program's overall objective to support the business owner's plan.
No. Applications to the program are open to eligible restaurants regardless of whether they are current DoorDash or Caviar partners.
Participants will receive $10,000 at the beginning of the program in early April, and $10,000 at the conclusion in May. The goal of the Accelerator program is to help entrepreneurs not only learn hard skills necessary for adapting to challenges of the pandemic, but to create very unique tailored business plans to apply to their restaurants for the future. We want the funds to help propel their plans as they graduate from the Accelerator program. But we know restaurants are struggling and there are immediate needs as well.
This is the first year we are hosting the Accelerator program, but we plan to bring it back annually as part of our Main Street Strong Pledge.
Our nonprofit implementing partner Accion Opportunity Fund will manage TalentLMS as a learning platform for all participants in the program. Participants will have access to a variety of self-paced, pre-recorded content in the learning hub, in addition to interactive discussion boards, worksheets and templates, and weekly live sessions.
If you have access needs to participate in the Accelerator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. While the format of this round of the Accelerator is best suited for proficient English speakers, we’re committed to supporting language access and look forward to providing resources that address multilingual needs.