Women's Cohort
*Not Currently Accepting Applications*
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About this program

In partnership with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization and Loreen Arbus Foundation, 2Gether-international created a three-month accelerator program to support women entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Throughout the program, participants are given tools and guidance to develop and strengthen their pitch with the program ultimately culminating in a pitch competition where entrepreneurs can earn funding for their business. This opportunity takes a strengths-based approach to helping participants significantly improve their pitch and business model, as well as help them to perceive their own disability as a competitive advantage rather than a weakness. Throughout the duration of the program 12-15 disabled women will be competing for $5K seed funding in addition to having access to the following services:

What can selected startups expect?

  • A series of startup workshops tailored to the unique experiences of people with disabilities.
  • Access to custom one-on-one coaching from accredited leadership coaches.
  • Peer-to-peer founder discussion and networking groups.
  • World-class speakers and mentors in the entrepreneurship and/or disability sector.
  • Connections to investors and support fundraising both during and post-program.

*Since launched in 2020, graduates of other 2GI Accelerator cohorts have collectively raised over one million dollars in funding and revenue.

What are we looking for?

  • The startup must be led by at least one woman with a disability. See how we define disability here.
  • Must be working on a high-growth business.
  • Must have a product that's in the market - an MVP is okay.
  • Must have availability to meet and attend: classes, peer-to-peer sessions, speaker series, and coaching sessions (tentative schedule below).
  • *Note that startups do not need to be working on accessibility technology to apply.

Want to get involved or join the program?

Meet the Facilitators

We are here for your success! We are a small team of passionate individuals ready to help you become the best you can be! We've been there before, moving from teen years to young adults is difficult. We want to make it easy.

Diego Mariscal

Diego Mariscal

Founder & CEO
Keevin O'Rourke

Keevin O'Rourke

Managing Director
Denise Gray

Denise Gray

Operations Manager
Coko Eason

Coko Eason

Community Growth Manager

Program Sponsors

Diego Mariscal

Diego Mariscal

Founder & CEO

Disabled and proud, Diego seeks to navigate the relationship between disability advocacy, entrepreneurism, and sustainable impact. Since founding 2Gether-International in 2015 Diego has collaborated with multinational organizations, been recognized internationally for his work with the disability community, and attended global summits to advocate for entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Keevin O'Rourke

Keevin O'Rourke

Managing Director

Keevin has managed and led over 10 startup accelerator programs and supported over 100 founders helping them both validate and scale their businesses. Early last year he was able to start and scale a startup to the point of acquisition. Being a practitioner has allowed him to both give tactical advice and see things from the founders perspective.

Denise Gray

Denise Gray

Operations Manager

Denise Gray was born and raised in California and first trained in the medical field in the United States Navy. As a disabled Veteran she founded DKS Esthetics in 2008 before joining 2Gether-International. Denise’s extensive experience and care, paired with the commitment to help others makes her a valued asset to 2Gether’s team.

Coko Eason

Coko Eason

Community Growth Manager

Coko's 10+ years of experience in the music and entertainment industry led her to being an expert at growing fan bases, followers, streams and more. She left the music industry and founded her own tech startup which was accepted into 2 accelerators. Coko now has a new passion to help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses in unique and unconventional ways!