SE Cincy Elevator is a program powered by Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub


The first and only of its kind in the Greater Cincinnati Area, the SE CINCY Elevator is a 15-week accelerator for social entrepreneurs to take their minimal viable product/service to the next level. Modeled after local tech accelerators such as The Brandery, Ocean, and UpTech, SE CINCY Elevator provides social enterprises with curriculum, resources, and mentors to help them get their footing in order to connect to talent, gain introductions to customers, and find access to capital. This Year our area of focus is women’s empowerment and we are seeking businesses that impact women in areas such as (but not limited to) gender equity in compensation, creating financial sustainability, and advocating for workplace gender issues and gender-related sexual violence. Unfortunately, we are no longer accepting applications to join our 2018 Cohort.

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Welcome to Elevator



2019 Demo Day

12-Week Accelerator Program

Weekly meetings that include presentations, workshops, and speakers designed to advance every aspect of your business


One-on-one mentoring with professionals in the Cincinnati area

Demo Day

Opportunity to pitch to Impact Investors from across the region at the conclusion of the program

The Program

Blended Learning

Online modules and in-person instruction that incorporates curriculum specifically tailored for social enterprise

Peer-to-Peer Learning

Learning from other social entrepreneurs in the program who are with you every step of the way


Connection to Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub’s network of volunteers, professionals, and supporters eager to help your company develop

SE CINCY Community

Network with other social entrepreneurs in Cincinnati, including our past cohorts of elevator participants

Union Hall

Access to co-working space at Union Hall, the epicenter of entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Cincinnati


Every participating company will leave with a clear business model, financing plan, customer development plan, polished elevator pitch

Additional Program Benefits

  • Elevator-specific programming & communications
  • Secure and Accessible Wi-Fi
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Services & expertise of our team
  • Access to a community of subject matter experts
  • Convenient location near the Cincinnati Bell Connector and a Cincinnati RedBike Cycle Station
  • Regular social events and happy hours to engage with the community

The Application Process

Build Your Profile

We use to manage our the Elevator application process. Get started today by creating an account for your business, yourself and your co-founders.

Apply on F6S

We will be reviewing applications for SE CINCY Elevator through Mid-August.

Chat with Us

We want to hear from you! After submitting your application, you will sign up for a time to come in and chat with us so we can get to know you better.

Final Selection

The final selection will occur in late August. We will announce our new SE CINCY Elevator 2018 Cohort by early September.

Check out our 2017 and 2018 Demo Days below.