Our Programs

Research shows that many disadvantaged businesses – run by historically marginalized populations - have far more risk than other entrepreneurs as they are depending on a patchwork of contacts and capital to advance their ideas. Often their own lack of economic security is a barrier to running a successful business.

Capitalizing on the historic levels of economic development activity in the nation’s capital 1863 works with businesses to help them leverage the investments being made across the nation by preparing them – personally and professionally - for significant growth opportunities. The project provides hands on training, capacity building, mentoring and networking. Through the provision of training and support, with a laser focus on business and financial capacity, the program seeks to catalyze business expansion in select cities.

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For businesses with revenue under $250,000 annually, 1863 offers a 12-14 week program that offers basic and intermediate workshops to help entrepreneurs identify and attain modest to moderate growth. This program is offered to cohorts up to 100 entrepreneurs.


Accelerate 500 supports businesses seeking high growth opportunities within the next year, and have at least one to two years of significant market share and customer traction in the region. The program provides an accelerated 8-week program that provides intensive content, exercises and application of scale strategies in the areas of sales, finance, human resources and operations.