What People are Saying about Accelerating Appalachia

“We’re still a young company with no guarantees of future success. However, we can definitively say that Accelerating Appalachia was an extraordinarily helpful program for us. The visionary women who run Accelerating Appalachia definitely make sure it lives up to the name “accelerator.” During the few months of the program, our business probably moved forward two years as far as planning, financial projections, team building, etc. ACAP forced us to get tightly organized, while providing the tools and resources to do so. We’ve also been introduced to a wide range of prospective impact investors that we might not have met otherwise. Accelerating Appalachia has been the best investment we’ve ever made, and we can’t recommend it highly enough to other nature-based businesses who are ready to accelerate.”

2015 Accelerating Appalachia Participants, Aaron and Susan von Frank, co-founders of GrowJourney

“Congratulations to all of the business owners who were selected for Accelerating Appalachia! You will come out of this experience with more knowledge, motivation, focus and support from outstanding leaders within your local community for the future growth of your nature-based business.”

“As an entrepreneur working with Accelerating Appalachia is extremely rewarding because I truly believe in the importance of nature-based, sustainable, environmentally-conscious products, services, practices, and leadership. I am honored to help build and grow companies that are focused on making the world a stronger, healthier place.”

Mentor, Sarah Benoit, JB Media Group, JB Media Institute, 2015

“Accelerating Appalachia created a unique opportunity for Riverbend Malt House to interact with the successful entrepreneurs, finance professionals, and business leaders throughout our region. Those interactions helped guide our company through a period of explosive growth that continues to the present day. Accelerating Appalachia creates a bridge between the new wave of nature based businesses and an amazing array of mentors, venture capitalist firms, and business leaders who are eager to support a more durable, localized economic model for our region.”

2013-2014 Accelerating Appalachia Participant, Brent Manning, Riverbend Malt House, 2014

“As an investor, Accelerating Appalachia is an ideal partner that plays a high value role identifying promising nature-based companies that are investment ready.  It is our pleasure to have a partner that not only provides a source of investment opportunities, but also shares our values to build a movement among entrepreneurs and investors for a healthy and prosperous world for people and planet.”

Partner, Shaun Paul, Reinventure Capital, 2014

“Accelerating Appalachia are convening a great eclectic group of entrepreneurs with experts who care about more than just making a pitch. The outcome potential from this hybrid vigor is exciting.”

Mentor, David Wilcox, Reach Scale, 2013.