DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants: Live & Local Series

DoorDash is helping strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems with its Accelerator for Local Restaurants: Live & Local Series. The Accelerator provides restaurant owners with the education and resources they need to diversify their revenue and expand their business, while facilitating connection through live and local events.

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Applications are now closed for the current cohort of the Accelerator for Local Restaurants: Live & Local Series in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, MN. 

Selected participants will be announced at the end of May.

Meet Our Summer 2024 Cohort!

We’ve partnered with Bridge for Billions, Pimento Relief Services, Hospitality Minnesota, The Greater Washington Urban League, and DMV Black Restaurant Week to bring the Accelerator for Local Restaurants: Live & Local Series to Minneapolis, MN and Washington, D.C.

Meet the new cohort of Accelerator participants, all based in the greater Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, MN and St. Paul, MN areas. The Accelerator participants represent a diverse cohort of restaurateurs and business owners, the majority of whom are women, immigrants, and people of color.


Selected Accelerator participants receive:

  • Access to an online curriculum program with content geared toward restaurant owners.

  • Live sessions with experts and speakers.

  • Attendance at five live and local in-person events throughout the course of the Accelerator.

  • A business consultant to advise on specific needs and strategies.

  • $5,000 grant

  • Access perks and benefits from Notion, Stripe, Hubspot and others valued at up to $40,000 by becoming a Bridge for Billions alumni.

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Free Online Curriculum

The DoorDash Accelerator for Local Restaurants: Live & Local Series 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 their business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are now closed. Please check back later this year for more information on the next cohort.

No. Applications to the program are open to eligible businesses regardless of whether they are current DoorDash or Caviar partners.

Participants receive a $5,000 grant half-way through the program.

The format of the Accelerator is best suited for proficient English speakers. If you have additional language needs, please indicate it in your application. We’re committed to supporting language access and will do our best to provide resources that address multilingual needs.