The Main Street Strong Accelerator is open to all restaurant owners at no cost. Restaurateurs can complete the courses at their own pace, with content and topics designed to address some of the core challenges they face when trying to grow and scale their business.
Finding Your Niche and Defining Your Brand
Build a Financial Roadmap to Access Capital
All Things Legal
Hiring & Employee Relations
Creating the Right Menu
Marketing Like a Pro
Scale Your Business
Applications for the Main Street Strong Accelerator Boston Cohort are open now!
Local to Boston? Looking for other ways to further your experience of the Accelerator Curriculum? Apply today for the Boston Cohort.
We’re seeking Boston restaurants owned by women, immigrants, and people of color for a new class of Main Street Strong Accelerator Local Cohort participants who are leaders in their communities, demonstrate a commitment to growing their business, and have a track record of giving back to their neighborhoods.
Participants will receive a $20,000 grant, one-on-one guidance and coaching, and the opportunity to connect with other local restaurant owners. Applications are open until October 27, 2021.
This cohort is open to all restaurant owners and operators who:
In early 2021, 100 restaurateurs from five cities went through the eight-week curriculum guided by some of the industry’s most recognized entrepreneurs and chefs.
Previous participants were comprised of:
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
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.
Businesses and the people behind them are vital to the culture, spirit, and economic health of local communities, and the Main Street Strong Accelerator provides the capital, support, and marketing they need to grow. Participating businesses will have access to:
- 8-week curriculum designed to stabilize, adapt, and grow 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
The application is designed to glean a better understanding of the business’ long term goals and their involvement in their local communities. 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.
Yes, all selected applicants will then go through an interview with local partners and the Accelerator team before final selection for the cohort.
To date, we've hosted 5 local cohorts in the U.S. and are looking forward to expanding over time as part of DoorDash's commitment to supporting local economies. To stay up to date on our local cohorts, please visit news.doordash.com.
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, and $10,000 at the conclusion. The goal of the Accelerator program is to help entrepreneurs not only learn hard skills necessary for adapting to challenges of running a small business, but to create very unique tailored business plans to apply to their restaurants for the future.
Our online accelerator curriculum is available in Spanish. If you have additional access needs to participate in the Accelerator, please email email@example.com. While the format of the Accelerator local cohorts are best suited for proficient English speakers, we’re committed to supporting language access and look forward to providing resources that address multilingual needs.