A New Approach

Women in America are launching more startups than ever before in history. However, two ongoing and persistent challenges for women-owned business is growing beyond a single founder and scaling to increase revenue and job creation.

The Bridge is an intensive one-month accelerator program that guides a cohort of 5 women-owned businesses through the Kauffman FastTrac online program and an individually customized business coaching process. In addition to weekly group sessions and HUSTLE events, each participant will have a weekly 1-hour coaching session to help them process the online content, as well as to set and achieve tangible goals to help them take their business to the next level.

The program is designed to meet entrepreneurs where they are, no matter where on the entrepreneurial journey, and help them grow and/or scale. The program fills an important gap between small business skill development and the emerging group of hi-tech accelerators which tend to focus on highly-scaleable ventures and startups in their later stage of development.


Program Sponsors



Bridge cohort companies were selected by application and referral process.  Our goal is to curate a diverse group of participants from various backgrounds, sectors, and levels of experience.


Happie Food | Sha'Retha Davis

Happie Food inspires people to find their happy by living a healthy, balanced, alkaline rich, and active way of life. Following a well-researched lifestyle that has been proven to cure and prevent illness and disease, the company creates amazing chef-quality recipes that are easy enough for the most uncomfortable and inexperienced cooks to make, and delicious enough for even the pickiest of eaters to savor. | Website

April & Jeri Forster

As a mobile boutique, the Karma Crew travels throughout NC in their repurposed 1965 Airstream, working to make the world a better place. The W-S, NC based social enterprise partners with local groups and foundations to raise awareness and funding for causes through the sale of The Karma Crew's goods.



Margaret Morris

Triad Speech Consultants can help you improve your speech clarity for more effective communication! The company guides adults to improve their speech clarity so that they are understood and so that they are more successful faster. We offer three training programs

FolaSun LLC | Folasade Scott

FolaSun LLC is a multifaceted parent company that provides and promotes services, creativity, and products that foster the holistic wellbeing and eclectic wealth development of individuals, families, and communities.




Ri Tompkins

This multifaceted photography and media company is making a move to expand its offerings, positioning itself to become the go-to photographer for startups and small businesses in the region.