At DO GOOD X, our goal is to help you bring your business ideas for good to life.
To do that, we’ve developed a collaborative approach with three components. Before you explore our approach to jump start and develop your venture, meet DO GOOD X Alumnae Kit Evans-Ford.
A community of early-stage entrepreneurs in a 10-week online accelerator designed with an interactive program experience, providing tools to develop and scale business ideas for meaningful impact.
Entrepreneurs to advance business ideas that leave behind a social good footprint—a positive impact and legacy on people, communities, and the environment.
DO GOOD X provides a 10-week accelerator and community of support designed for early-stage social entrepreneurs passionate about developing ventures that do good in the world. For us, “doing good” means that these businesses make a positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.
The current entrepreneurial ecosystem is not diverse and does not adequately address underrepresented entrepreneurs' lack of business development resources and needs. As a result of this shortfall in society, many ventures being developed provide solutions to problems only for the elite. DO GOOD X provides underrepresented social entrepreneurs with a unique experience and access to a community of peers and mentors, an interactive process to clarify the purpose of their business idea, and access to resources they otherwise might not have.
Our change-makers are driven by faith-rooted values that fight against the rapid growth of inequality and social inequity in communities around the world. DO GOOD X supports leaders who are faithfully pursuing entrepreneurship to transform systems for the good of all people. Are you ready to do good? If so, explore our opportunities to get involved.
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DO GOOD X Fellows, Alumni, and mentors are committed to their faith, passionate about creating a just world, and driven to do good.
- CURRENT FELLOWS
- 2021 Fellows
- 2019 FELLOWS
- 2018 FELLOWS
- 2017 FELLOWS
ANNE LOUISE PORTWOOD
ANNE LOUISE PORTWOOD
Company KeptAtlanta, GA
I can't wait to keep company with other passionate social entrepreneurs. Collaboration is powerful and I'm honored to be included in a creative and diverse community.
OutFind CreativeWinston-Salem, NC
I am excited about being in a community of budding business owners who are passionate about doing good. I look forward to truly honing in on my business idea and making it sustainable.
JATORRA COMMODOREWest Haven, CT
I am excited to have the opportunity to acquire tools and strategies to grow a profitable and successful business. I am also excited to work alongside a diverse group of people who are change-makers and want to do good in the world.
Shea TribeSpring, TX
What excites me about the Startup Accelerator is the potential to accelerate my entrepreneurial endeavors.
Selah R&R, Inc.Charlotte, NC
What excites me most is being able to have access to entrepreneurial peers that look like me and coaches.
Project JoshuaStone Mountain, GA
I am looking forward to connecting with other leaders and creators. I hope this experience will teach me about myself, my abilities, and my skills. I am excited to bring my idea into existence.
PORSHA WILLIAMS GATES
PORSHA WILLIAMS GATES
19th And JuniorBrooklyn, NY
I am excited to be a part of this community. I am equally as excited to learn more about how I can be more efficient and effective as an entrepreneur by presenting my pitch with clarity.
AKOSUA LESESNEPhiladelphia, PA
Sisters in Education Circle ensures that Black children have a wide range of excellent Black teachers, school leaders, and other school-based personnel.
pilr trainingPhiladelphia, PA
I want to provide holistic sports-based youth development to female athletes by supporting them in their physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
ESTEE NENA DILLARD
ESTEE NENA DILLARDAtlanta, GA
Through ritual I create a spiritual roadmap for African diasporan people to identify what they need and curate the spiritual practices to obtain it.
JENI WILLIAMSSan Leandro, CA
Social justice is the sector I have chosen to work in because seeking equity in education is my life’s passion.
My mission on Earth is to help others obtain peace of mind and alignment. For me, that is done through providing guidance and resources to help them reach that in their professional life.
JOCELYN J. JONES
JOCELYN J. JONESOak Lawn, IL
The work that I do is rooted in my desire to help others love life and embrace their journey by not allowing the pain from their past to hinder them from experiencing the promises of God.
LIZZY CASEVista, CA
I am passionate about using fashion as a force for good and supporting faith-driven clothing companies to align their moral commitments with material practices.
RAYCE LAMBWinston-Salem, NC
I am passionate about helping people discern, follow, and thrive in their vocational call.
SHANICE TURNERAtlanta, GA
Mind-Refreshers is a non-profit organization that is part of the national movement of safe space conversations and building intergenerational relationships.
YVONNE HAWKINSChicago, IL
Healing for Black Folx was created to equip Black church laypeople with simple, trauma-informed training for their leadership and personal development.
P.A.R. SolutionsRochester Hills, MI
P.A.R. Solutions aims to inspire and support growth in the Liberian agricultural sector by providing jobs that can stimulate the economy and teaching best practices for smallholder cashew farmers.
CARRILEA HALLStatesville, NC
Given that 80% of persons with disabilities are unemployed, I want to start a food truck business that will employ persons with disabilities while also nourishing people’s bodies and souls in the community.
SyncWell MeditationBrooklyn, NY
People are exploring tools for their spiritual and emotional health. SyncWell Meditation is a curated crowdsourcing app for people of color that provides culturally relevant meditations and mind-body medicine techniques.
JOY SMITHChicago, IL
Educating about the healing properties of essential oil-based products is the ministry God has placed inside of me. I want to provide education and personal care products, with a therapeutic benefit and free of hazardous ingredients.
SHELLEY BESTHartford, CT
I want to help ‘soulprenuers,’ or spiritual entrepreneurs develop social enterprises to meet the needs of communities.
STEPHANIE MAYERLong Island City, NY
I want to create sustainable women’s luxury resort wear, ethically made by survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia to restore their hope and dignity, provide employment, and revitalize the traditional art form of weaving.
ANTHONY SANDUSKYBrooklyn, NY
I want to heal our communities and reduce recidivism by creating a holistic support system for returning citizens that addresses the trauma of mass incarceration, police brutality, and gun violence.
Bourgeois BabyPhoenix, AZ
I am inspired to develop environmentally safe, quality, and affordable baby products to close the access gap for low-income parents.
CHASMA SMITHSan Leandro, CA
I want to build womxn’s courage and confidence by providing opportunities to try unconventional experiences curated with the intention of breaking social norms and challenging gender stereotypes in a safe space.
JULIUS JESSUP PETERSON
JULIUS JESSUP PETERSONDecatur, GA
I believe that I am called to teach, facilitate, and build in response to the violence that is occurring in our world.
MARGARET CONLEYCartersville, GA
I want to help people work past trauma toward resilience by mending wounds and relationships that are detrimental to the healing process.
GoHealth Kids Fitness DeckDetroit, MI
I believe the greatest responsibility of any productive society is stewarding the lives and futures of the next generation.
Cross-Continental ConnectionsLebanon, PA
I desire to bridge the gap among women of the African diaspora to improve social, cultural, and economic relations and to create sustainable models of engagement.
VELMA LOVEYork, SC
I want to leverage the power of storytelling for social change initiatives that addresses social division and disconnect in our communities.
Backyard FarmsMinneapolis, MN
I pragmatically envision how diverse neighborhoods can grow food abundance where all people are nourished and embraced.
CALLID KEEFE-PERRYArlington, MA
I stand within a tradition that has long attempted to work toward justice in the present as guided by Jesus’ ministry of inclusion and rejection of Empire.
DWIGHT FORDDavenport, IA
My wife, Kit, and I want to create a space of hope for women healing from violence and abuse.
ELIZABETH LE'ANANI COFFEE
ELIZABETH LE'ANANI COFFEE
Valley PilgrimageSan Antonio, TX
I am passionate about the local church and exploring creative ways to sustain work in ministry.
Creative WeekendsDallas, TX
I want to create space and a healthy model for communities to come together to exercise creative muscles and discover new abilities.
Little Sisters SpeakWashington, D.C.
I am committed to manifesting a world where women, particularly Black Women, are free.
Joseph Kitchen ProjectWashington, D.C.
I am driven by my deep passion to connect to and support those who often are ignored and seen as a threat or the source of a problem instead of the solution.
KIT EVANS-FORDDavenport, IA
I am driven to bring forth love, hope, and peace to women healing from violence and abuse.
LAKISHA LOCKHARTRichmond, VA
The young people I work with inspire me to create a world in which they are represented, reflected, and have their voices, bodies and entire beings matter.
LYVONNE BRIGGSOakland, CA
I am fiercely committed to addressing the taboo and stigma attached to childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in the Black community.
NEICHELLE GUIDRYAtlanta, GA
I want to curate safe, supportive and empowering spaces for Black women.
I want to build eco-justice oriented tiny houses for lower socioeconomic African American families.
SHONDA GLADDENIndianapolis, IN
I want to cultivate communal spaces, curate stories and create resources to inspire ALL—particularly marginalized people—to live fully into their best selves.
Backyard FarmsMinneapolis, MN
I am dedicated to making sure that neighborhoods can become safer and greener without displacing the poor and people of color.
DO GOOD X Startup Accelerator ApplicationsOnline
Our accelerator includes an intensive 10-week online interactive program featuring entrepreneurial facilitators, mentors, coaches, and a network of entrepreneurial peers. The accelerator concludes with an open to the public final pitch event. During this transformational experience, Fellows will complete an interactive program that taps into core motivations to launch a venture for good and provides tools needed to succeed. The 2023 Startup Accelerator will run from August 28-November 10.
DO GOOD X MentorsOnline
Mentors support early-stage entrepreneurs participating in the DO GOOD X 10- week Startup Accelerator. Mentors participate throughout the accelerator by providing expertise, guidance, and encouragement.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
DO GOOD X Pitch for GoodOnline
Hear DO GOOD X Fellows pitch business ideas that address a problem people or communities face. Here, money isn’t the only form of investment. Join a community of investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders ready to provide resources, connections, or expertise to support.
Have any questions or need more information? Contact the DO GOOD X team today!