East Lake’s Start Micro-Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (Start:ME East Lake) is a 14-session program in partnership with Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University that offers the assistance promising micro-entrepreneurs need to develop viable and sustainable microbusinesses.

A group of 15-18 entrepreneurs are selected to be a part of a cohort that works to develop their businesses through access to:

  • Intensive skills-based programming
  • Opportunities to meet and work with a panel of lending experts
  • Mentoring by a selected group of business leaders
  • Peer support offered by other entrepreneurs
  • Access to finance, legal, and other experts
  • Opportunities to network in the community to promote and grow your business
  • Loans to be distributed among top business ventures (as selected by program peers)

2021 Impact

Start ME: East Lake works with micro-entrepreneurs that reside, operate, or provide valued products and services in the East Lake community.

  • 16 micro-entrepreneurs selected to participate
  • 69% of participants are from moderate- to low-income households
  • 63% are minority-owned ventures
  • 88% of the ventures are woman-owned