March 1-31, AccelerateHERdc: Local, Women-Owned Food Business Competition

Beginning on March 1st, applications will open for the AccelerateHER competition hosted by Glen’s Garden Market. AccelerateHERdc aims to identify and incubate the entrepreneurial success of local, retail-ready, female food producers creating products with a commitment to sustainability and doing so within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Any local, women-owned food businesses interested in applying must demonstrate a commitment to sustainability; have been in business between one and five years; and have developed a product or product line that is either retail-ready or already on retail shelves. Judging criteria will include: deliciousness and mindfulness of product; viability of concept and vision; and demonstrated commitment to sustainability and scaleability.

The winner will receive a $10,000 investment from Glen’s Garden Market; a year-long mentorship with Founder Danielle Vogel, Grocery Department Head Merrill Dagg, and Marketing Director Shana Muhammad; one hour per month of human resources and strategic planning consulting with Melissa Jones; and free admission to present at the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn this July.

Applications will be accepted between March 1 and March 31. Judging will occur in two phases: a panel review on April 8, and a live pitch competition for the finalists on April 22, 2018.

The application will post here on March 1. For more information or any questions in the meantime, email