We believe that our communities thrive when we create equal access to opportunity for small business owners. Through the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants, we are improving access to technical assistance and restaurant education that will help small businesses adapt, grow, and thrive.

Together, DoorDash and Accion Opportunity Fund, along with other restaurant industry experts, constructed a curriculum that provides restaurant owners with immersive courses designed to help grow their business, covering topics such as marketing, access to capital, managing cash flow and menu creation. To-date, over 1,000 businesses have participated.

Fall 2022 Cohort

Applications for the Fall 2022 Cohort of the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants are now closed. Please check back for future updates and cohorts.

Benefits & Eligibility

Benefits:

8-week curriculum

Opportunity for one-on-one, customized business advising with expert business coaches from Accion Opportunity Fund, direct access to industry experts and leaders from local organizations

$20,000 grant

Free merchandising and marketing benefits from DoorDash, including professional photography

Opportunities to network in person with other business owners and experts in your locality

Eligibility:

  • Operate three or fewer restaurant locations for two or more years
  • Employ 50 or fewer people across all locations
  • Brick and mortar location
  • Restaurant located in the greater Portland, Oregon or Denver, Colorado areas

Program Impact

Since the Accelerator was announced in early 2021, more than 1,000 businesses have completed the online content, and more than 115 restaurateurs from 6 cities have completed the Accelerator through local cohorts guided by some of the industry’s most recognized entrepreneurs and chefs. These local cohorts participants represent a diverse cohort of restaurateurs and business owners.

"Support from DoorDash came at just the right time. Like many other small businesses, our operations were turned upside down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic … Putting the business education and skills we learned in the Accelerator curriculum into practice, we’re back on our feet."

–Waleed and Quiana Shamsid-Deen, owners of Supreme Burger in Atlantic, GA and former Accelerator participants. After completing the curriculum and receiving a $20,000 grant, Waleed and Quiana opened two more food trucks and another storefront.

Previous cohorts were comprised of 90% people of color and the vast majority of participants were also women, immigrants, and refugees.

Online Open Curriculum

The DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants online curriculum is open to all restaurant owners at no cost. Business owners 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.

In partnership with
Accion Opportunity Fund

Accion Opportunity Fund works to create an inclusive, healthy financial system that supports the nation’s small business owners by connecting entrepreneurs to affordable capital, educational resources, coaching, and networks. Through innovative partnerships and outreach strategies, Accion Opportunity Fund reaches underserved entrepreneurs — including entrepreneurs of color, low-income entrepreneurs, and women — who often lack access to the financial services they need to build and grow their businesses.

In Partnership With

Black Business Association of Oregon

The Black Business Association of Oregon (BBAO) is an economic development organization that strives to achieve economic equity that is sustainable and lasting in the state of Oregon.

In Partnership With

Hispanic Restaurant Association - Denver Chapter

The Hispanic Restaurant Association - Denver Chapter's mission is to advocate on behalf of and educate the Hispanic restauranteur to effectively & efficiently open and operate their restaurant(s).

Frequently Asked Questions

Restaurants must be located in the following areas to be eligible for each city:

Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, Beaverton, Tigard, Happy Valley, Wilsonville, Forest Grove, Oregon City, Sherwood, West Linn, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Aloha, Cedar Hills

Aurora, Dacono, Denver, Englewood, Fort Lupton, Littleton, Longmont

Accelerator participants will be led through the Accelerator curriculum over the course of 8 weeks by industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and local partners. They will have access to the below benefits, and the opportunity to network and learn with fellow business owners. Participants should expect to dedicate 3-5 hours per week to the program.

  • 8-week curriculum
  • Opportunity for one-on-one, customized business advising with expert business coaches from Accion Opportunity Fund, direct access to industry experts and leaders from local organizations
  • $20,000 in grants
  • Opportunities to network in-person with other local business owners and experts in your locality
  • Free merchandising and marketing benefits from DoorDash, including professional photography

The application is designed to better understand a 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.

To date, we've hosted 6 local cohorts in the U.S. We are looking forward to expanding even further over time as part of DoorDash's commitment to supporting local economies. To stay up to date on our local cohorts, please visit doordash.news.

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.

Our online accelerator curriculum is available in Spanish. If you have additional access needs to participate in the Accelerator, please email accelerator@doordash.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.