Business Participant Criteria:
The City of Memphis Office of Business Diversity & Compliance is partnering with Start Co to create a 12-
week minority business accelerator called Propel. Propel was designed to build capacity with existing
minority companies through enhancement of business models through offering a series of hands-on
programming, mentor opportunities, technical resources and more.
2 or more full-time employees
At least $200,000 in annual revenues
Established for more than 3 years
10 teams complete the program
Increased engagement of governments and corporations
Increased business viability of select program participants
Customer day to showcase the teams
This partnership with Start Co aims to be an example of many resources that can meet both parties in
the middle while offering results. Propel will seek to reduce bias, both blatant and implicit, and it will
serve to close the gap that exists due to the lack of generational wealth and entrepreneurship
experience, access to mentors and resources, and overall general knowledge.
Application deadline is February 24, 2017.
Accelerator will start March 1, 2017 and will conclude by May 11, 2017.
More information about this program can be accessed online through the city of Memphis’ website
(www.memphistn.gov), by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Office of Business Diversity &
Compliance at (901) 636-6210.