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Apple has opened applications for its 2023 Impact Accelerator program, which is part of the tech giant’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. This year marks the third cohort to go through the free 12-week program, designed specifically for Black-, Hispanic/Latinx-, and Indigenous-owned businesses that focus on clean energy and green tech. The program provides capacity-building opportunities for entrepreneurs, expanding their opportunities within Apple’s supply chain and beyond.
The Impact Accelerator program offers customized training and coaching to provide businesses with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed as Apple suppliers. It also provides direct access to Apple experts who can help identify strategic partnership opportunities that align with the company’s environmental goals.
Executive training and mentorship are also provided to help leaders position their companies for growth. After completing the program, companies are invited to join Apple’s Supplier Success community, which offers ongoing professional growth opportunities.
To be eligible for the program, companies must be headquartered in the United States, be in the environmental sector, and be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by an African American, Hispanic/Latinx American, or Indigenous American individual. Priority will be given to late-stage startups or mature firms with innovative environmental solutions that can contribute to one or more of Apple’s three environmental priority areas.
Applications are open now through May 1, 2023, at 11:59 pm PT. The Apple Impact Accelerator Application and Attendance Policy must be agreed to by all applicants. The program’s full details, including a FAQ section and how to apply, can be found in Apple’s Impact Accelerator PDF.
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Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, expressed her excitement for the program, stating, “We’re expanding opportunities for Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Indigenous entrepreneurs developing innovative climate solutions in clean energy, recycling, green chemistry, and more.” The Impact Accelerator program is just one of how Apple is working to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in its supply chain and beyond.