Stay tuned to meet our fourth cohort !

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Elevator is a 12-week accelerator program for startups that create social impact, powered by Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub. Elevator is designed to not only help you develop a sustainable business model, but also prepare you to seek capital investments for your social enterprise. Our fourth cohort will kick off in October 2019 and pitch their businesses at Demo Day in February 2020.


What we bring to the table



Receive a cash investment of up to $10,000 to support your team & startup expenses during the program.

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Receive one-on-one coaching, expert insights, & support from professionals in the Cincinnati business community.


Access to capital

Pursue impact investments from Miami University’s Social Impact Fund to launch & scale your social enterprise.


Demo Day

Pitch to an audience of impact investors and community stakeholders from across the region at the conclusion of the program in early February.

STARTUP Community

Work at Union Hall, with opportunities to network among other entrepreneurs, industry experts, & capacity-builders in the heart of the Cincinnati ecosystem.


Blended Learning

Build your business model using online modules and resources specifically tailored for social enterprise.


What You Bring to the Table

First and foremost, we are seeking businesses that create social impact in the Greater Cincinnati region – whether it’s through the product or service they provide, the people they employ, or the way they increase diversity of leadership in the startup ecosystem. We’re also looking for:

  • Market validation: companies should enter the accelerator generating revenue, or with strong evidence of customer development to demonstrate that you’re meeting a significant market need

  • Strong team: don’t go it alone! We seek teams, rather than solo founders, to maximize companies’ capacity for engagement with the program

  • On-site presence: founder teams will commit to spending time at Union Hall at least three days per week during the accelerator for programming, meetings, events, etc.

Questions ? Contact our Program Manager, Josie Dalton, at — or sign up for a conversation at Elevator office hours ! Go to to book a time.


Let’s Do Business Where Society Profits.


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