Entries by Accelerator

Executive Director – Sara Day Evans

Sara Day Evans, Founding Director for Accelerating Appalachia and Co-Founder of Prosperity Collective, is a sixth generation Kentuckian, and has worked with communities and small businesses across the southeast for over 20 years. She’s served over 300 communities and small businesses in economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental protection and leveraged over $250M in funding in more »

Erin Bridges

Erin Bridges is a native Kentuckian who recently returned home to support Accelerating Appalachia’s development and outreach work as our Assistant Director. She graduated with honors from University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2016 where she studied Agricultural Ecology in the Environmental Studies Department. While in school, she co-founded a statewide fossil fuel divestment movement more »

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies: BALLE

BALLE connects leaders, spreading solutions and attracting investment toward local economies. BALLE Fellows have the privilege to being a part of an 18 month fellowship designed to  give them the resources to better local economies. Accelerating Appalachia founder is proud to be invited to be a BALLE Fellow and participate in the BALLE Conference in more »

Health Innovation Hub in Williamson WV

  Accelerating Appalachia showed their support at the launch of the Williamson Health and Wellness Center which is a health innovation hub in Williamson WV. The launch included words from guest speakers from Appalachia and beyond who discussed the value the hub provides to the community. This hub’s goal is to provide free health care more »

Presentation at Startup Product Asheville

On stage now, @esaraday, founder of Accelerating Appalachia, at #StartupProduct Asheville pic.twitter.com/7sEg3sbCV6 — Dayna Reggero (@DaynaReggero) May 21, 2014 Startup Product Asheville holds regular events for people who are passionate about product excellence and want to come together to collaborate about what it really takes to produce products. Find out more about Startup Product Asheville, click more »

Hemp! The future of Appalachia.

Accelerating Appalachia participated in the Growing Warriors hemp planting event in Rockcastle County Ky. This is the first hemp crop planted in over 80 years. The farm plans to grow the hemp with the intent to be used in Appalachian based textile products. The event resulted in the state of Kentucky suing the DEA for more »

Appalachian Food Summit

On Sunday May 18th, Sara Day Evans had the opportunity to attend the inaugural at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott county Ky. The food was excellent and it was a great opportunity to connect with Appalachians in the food industry. Additionally this summit matters because it displayed Appalachian heritage to those outside the region and more »

Accelerating Appalachia’s Sustainable Business Course at Warren Wilson

Accelerating Appalachia had the exciting opportunity to work this spring with Warren Wilson College in teaching a sustainable business and entrepreneurship course. As the spring semester has wrapped up, most of the students have considered continuing their sustainable business projects or plan to use the skills learned in the course to contribute to other organization in more »

Venture Forum December 9

Accelerating Appalachia’s 2013 crop of nature-based businesses are presenting their plans for the future on Monday, December 9, and you’re invited. Join us for a night of exciting presentations, excellent networking, and good old fashioned fun. The Venture Forum will be emceed by Entremanureship, along with a bit of entertainment from Joel Schantz. Your ticket more »