ACORE Accelerate Membership Program

Designed with the needs of entrepreneurs in mind, the ACORE Accelerate Membership Program builds opportunities for emerging women and minority-led renewable energy companies.

Accelerate members smiling and cheering for the camera on stage at the ACORE Grid Forum

Program Overview

ACORE Accelerate members work on solutions in wind, solar, battery storage, hydrokinetic energy, and more. They are women and minority-led businesses committed to creating good-quality jobs and sustaining impact in their communities. Members include manufacturers, project developers, professional service providers and consultants. 

ACORE hosts an annual call for applications and selects up to 10 Accelerate members per cohort. Over the two-year program, Accelerate members receive complimentary access to paid events, exclusive briefings, tools and advocacy. Members build relationships across ACORE’s influential network of financial institutions, major corporate renewable energy buyers, utilities, academic institutions, and allied nonprofit groups and are eligible to serve a year-long term on ACORE’s Board of Directors.

At the end of the program, members receive access to continued benefits as members of the Accelerate alumni network.

Watch this video to learn more about the ACORE Accelerate Membership Program.

Impact Statistics

  • 67 % of Accelerate members have developed potential deals through the ACORE network.

  • 83 % of Accelerate members are developing clean energy solutions in partnership with local communities.

  • 84 % of Accelerate members are deploying clean energy solutions aligned with Justice40 goals.

  • 91 % of Accelerate members have established working relationships with Accelerate members or through the ACORE network.

When we found out about this program it was such a breath of fresh air to be able to join a community that was made up of similarly motivated entrepreneurs who had a mission but maybe not the resources to carry out that mission.

Apolka Totth, Panamint Capital

Apolka Totth

Panamint Capital


Program Benefits

  • Complimentary 2-year ACORE membership 
  • B2B networking opportunities and connections with ACORE’s member network 
  • Complimentary access to ACORE’s signature forums and other leading industry events 
  • Access to peer community of entrepreneurs and potential collaborators 
  • C-Suite Executive Mentor 
  • Education stipend 
  • Staff consultations 
  • Pro bono legal services 
  • Targeted industry briefings

Eligibility Criteria

  • Small emerging business focused on renewable energy and supportive technologies 
  • At least 51% women and/or Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic, or Native American-led or owned 
  • Registered as a for-profit business and physically located in the United States or its territories
  • Able to participate in welcome events in Washington, D.C. (travel stipend included) and commit to participating in Accelerate member activities

To be able to have this cohort, this collective family, to be able to generate new ideas, to look at business opportunities, and to leverage each other’s experiences and resources has really been the highlight of what we’ve been able to do here at ACORE as a family.

Jordan Taylor, SynergyGrid

Jordan Taylor



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