Accelerate your start-up journey.

Plug In South LA’s Tech Accelerator Program stimulates opportunities for dynamic businesses and business owners in our Black and Latinx communities. We create success by enabling and supporting startups and entrepreneurs in South LA and other diverse communities around the country.

Big Mission.
Big Goals. Big team.

Deadline Application: December 10, 2021

Week to Week Help

Help empower the growth and success of emerging technology businesses


Plug our communities into a lush network of world-class mentors and advisors


Expose our communities of talent and entrepreneurs to rich industry knowledge, top tier experts, and investors


Plant, water, and nurture the community’s entrepreneurial spirit for minority groups and underrepresented neighborhoods

Graduate Testimonials

“The most valuable resource I gained through it all are the connections. I now feel like I have some key advisers and mentors that I can call on, regardless of what the future holds.”
Micah Jackson, Cohort 1
Founder, Esqapes Immersive Relaxation
"I truly feel that the Plug In South LA team is 100% vested in our success beyond the program and living into the organization's mission and vision of bridging the investment and connection gap to help us build and scale our business."
"Working in an intimate environment and receiving feedback directly from my mentors and peers helped reshape and refine my business realities. This was one of the best experiences I've had as an entrepreneur."
Benjamen Janey, Cohort 1
Spooler Inc.

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Program Outcomes

Investor Ready

Go-To-Market Strategy

Product Development Support

Who is Eligible to apply

Full-time dedicated Black and Latinx founders with the skills and determination to grow

Any field, sector, or industry – and especially anything tech

Startups with proof of product-market fit

Connection to South LA and related communities

About the Tech Accelerator Program

12-Week Program

Small Cohort of
18-25 Early Stage

Consistent 1:1
Mentorship &

High Engagement, Guest Speakers, Workshops, and Business Development

Strategize go-to-market plan

Does not take equity

Introductions and business development

High-powered network of mentors and advisors

Insider fundraising advice and strategy

Product design & development support and more​

Meet Our Founders

Jakera Willis

JEM / Oat Butter Brand

Fela Akinse


Kenetia Lee

PopUP CleanUP

Imani Schectman

Open Market

Ray McKenzie


Jaime Busby


Devin Dixon


Dennis Dortch

Black & Sexy TV


Patria Cabral

Ria Financial

Darnell Brisco


Qiana Patterson


Abraham Jankans

Launchpad Software

Jessica Salinas

State Zero Ventures

Bren Bushnell

Two Bit Circus

Jawhara Tariq

Moonshots Capital

Cody Peterson

Gunderson Dettmer

Jen Loo


Kevin Kearney


Eyana Carballo

BCG Digital Ventures

Danny Brown

MaC Venture Capital
+ Atom Factory

Joe Fernandez


Eric Pakravan

Ten One Ten

Shane Kelly

Wolverine Angels,

Eric Jaffe


Reagan Sirengo


Sonya Joo


Johnathan Schieber