DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants

Through the DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants, we are improving access to technical assistance and restaurant education that will help small businesses adapt, grow, and thrive.


Our Partners

Accion Opportunity Fund

Accion Opportunity Fund works to create an inclusive, healthy financial system that supports the nation’s small business owners by connecting entrepreneurs to affordable capital, educational resources, coaching, and networks.

Five Chambers Alliance

The Five Chamber Alliance, the economic development arm of each NYC borough, connects small business owners to resources to help them sustain their businesses and help their communities thrive. The Alliance assists businesses in developing comprehensive marketing and communication tools, and to develop and grow their business by use of technology.

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

The SHCCNJ is the voice of the more than 120,000 Latino businesses contributing more than $20 billion to the New Jersey economy. The Chamber's mission remains to educate, train, and advocate for its members in the political landscape and provide procurement opportunities for all its members.


DeliverZero is a network of returnable, reusable food containers, making it easy for restaurants, delivery platforms, and POS systems to offer customers the option to receive takeout and delivery without a side of trash.

Program Impact

Since the Accelerator was announced in early 2020, more than 1,900 businesses have completed the online curriculum. Over 130 restaurateurs from 8 metro areas have been selected to participate in local Accelerator cohorts guided by some of the industry’s most recognized entrepreneurs and chefs.

Meet the last cohort of 40 Accelerator participants, all based in the greater Portland and Denver areas. The Accelerator participants represent a diverse cohort of restaurateurs and business owners, the majority of whom are women, immigrants, and people of color.

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Free Online Curriculum

The DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants online curriculum is open to all restaurant owners at no cost. Business owners and operators can complete the courses at their own pace. Content and topics are designed to address some of the core challenges faced by business owners when growing and their business.

“DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants was a huge help because they gave us the grant that helped us start our delivery service. They also provided a seven-week course. Without it, the business wouldn’t have survived.”

Derick Lopez, The Freakin Rican