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Accelerate Columbus 2024 | Applications Now Open!

February 2nd, 2024

Accelerate Columbus is a joint initiative of the City of Columbus, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and nine additional Entrepreneur Support Organizations

COLUMBUS, OH – The City of Columbus is proud to enter its third year of Accelerate Columbus, offering a new set of small business training programs from ten entrepreneurial support organizations. 

Accelerate Columbus is a comprehensive initiative that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders to create an environment that fosters innovation and growth. The program provides a variety of resources, including mentoring, networking opportunities, access to capital, and other critical support services to help local businesses reach their full potential. 

Accelerate Columbus is a joint initiative of the City of Columbus, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and ten additional Entrepreneur Support Organizations to facilitate various activities in direct relation to the needs of each small business that applies.  

“The launch of ‘Accelerate Columbus’ is a game-changer for our city’s business community,” said Don DePerro, President and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “It will give entrepreneurs and businesses access to the resources they need to grow and succeed and will play a vital role in driving economic development throughout our region.” 

The Columbus Chamber will offer two programs in 2024, Accelerate Your Business and Accelerate 2.0. The program will include six topic-specific workshops allowing entrepreneurs to hear from and engage with fellow entrepreneurs and experts within the community. With the support of a dedicated program coordinator, businesses will be able to navigate these member benefits to suit their growing needs. This twelve-week course will help new businesses on the path to grow and thrive. While participating as a member of the cohort, business participants will receive training, one-on-one consultative services with the Columbus Chamber staff, advocacy, and entrepreneur assistance and support.

Businesses interested in participating in the program are encouraged to visit the Accelerate Columbus website,, to complete the application or contact Mallory Roth, Program Manager, at This year, both Spring and Fall courses will be offered. The first cohort begins on March 19th and March 20th!  

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving more than 2,300 organizations throughout the Columbus Region. The Columbus Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving business community and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, diversity, equity, inclusion and access, education, and talent and workforce development. Learn more: