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Accelerate Women's Entrepreneurship

Start or Grow Your Business in Three Weeks

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Women entrepreneurs help fuel economic growth in communities across the U.S. and that is especially true in Lafayette and across Acadiana.  We are fortunate to have such a rich spirit of innovation, of problem solving, and contribuiting to the community.

Accelerate Women's Entrepreneurship is a start-up and small business program that focuses on female entrepreneurs... their dreams, ideas, and business interests.  The curriculum is designed to grow and expand your business knowledge while building your network by spending time with other passionate entrepreneurs, 

The program is made possible through a partnership between Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) and the LEED Center.


Who Should Apply?

Existing businesses
People who want to turn a side job into a full-time business
People who have ideas for a business    

Program Benefits:

Hands-on & individual attention to help you start and/or grow your business
Opportunity to build a network with other business leaders
Successful business leaders as guest speakers & guides
Guidance & consulting after the 3 week program
Completion ceremony and certificate of completion


2023 ACCELERATE Women's Entrepreneurship application is closed. 
Please email to learn about future programs

Program Topics:
Program Basics: The Entrepreneurial Dream
How to Get More Out of a Business Plan
Getting Resources When You Do Not Have Any
What You Need to Know About the Numbers
Customers Drive the Business
Operations and Other Fundamentals that Matter


Registration Fee: $450
*Registration waivers up to $425 are available to all applicants
*Remaining fees are paid prior to program beginning

Questions about Accelerate Women's Entrepreneurship or the LEED Center?  Contact the LEED Center,, or 337-456-1836.