Ally Accelerator

Premier accelerator advancing Black and LatinX women in tech

february 16 - April 23, 2021

Ally Accelerator Realized

The Ally Accelerator provides a platform for Black, LatinX, and other women of color to become powerhouse startup contenders in the tech ecosystem. Our founders work with seasoned professionals in and around the tech community for 10 weeks, closing the program with opportunities to connect directly to investors and other sources of capital.  

According to the Digitalundivided Project Diane’s most recent study, women of color receive less than 1% of all US venture capital funding every year.  Ally was created to address the lack of support, presence and funding for women, and to showcase black and brown women as successful businesses owners fueling innovation for the 21st century.

Ally is being produced in official partnership with Women 2.0, a global for-profit, for-good company focused on gender and representation in the startup ecosystem.

10-Week Virtual Program

Expert Women-Led Seminars

Hands-on Lead Mentors

Intense growth- based curriculum

venture capital advisors

Market-ready pitch Competition

2021 Featured FIRESIDES

We will be continually updating our roster of Speakers.

Dawn Dickson

Inventor, 4x Founder, PopCom & Flat Out of Heels

Lavonne Idlette

Olympic Athlete, Impact Investor, Entrepreneur

Shaherose Charania

Investor, Entrepreneur, Nike Valliant Labs

Beny Ashburn

Co-Founder, CEO, Crown & Hops Beer & Brewery

Lauren Washington


Adrienne Blanks

Inventor, Founder, D.I.D. Nail Paint


The core of Ally is centered around a 3-module curriculum that addresses the Fundamentals, Management, and Scaling and Growth processes of each Founder journey. Expert Presenters will focus on specific topics within each module in 90-minute, hands-on sessions each week.

In addition to our Core Curriculum, our Founders will benefit from several other program opportunities.

One-on-One Mentorship

Each founder is paired with an ecosystem expert as their Lead Mentor, with weekly 1:1 meetings through the course of the program. Lead Mentors not only support our Founders as they progress through the Accelerator, but also provide powerful external connections to their networks.

Office Hours

Presenters and network experts will hold several office hour sessions each week to provide additional insights and information to our Founders while they engage with our curriculum.


Members of our Women VCs community will hold office hours each week to our Founders to provide tips, tools, and advice. These sessions open up conversations on all aspects of the founder journey, from relationship building, to growth, to fundraising.

Fireside Chats

Dynamic speakers from partnered organizations, women in venture capital, and additional notable women in tech will join our program for open discussions on the ecosystem and valuable insights drawn from their own experiences. 


Our Founders will have several opportunities to engage with the larger Women 2.0 tech community and other key partner communities, creating strong connections and relationships to carry with them on their Founder journey.

EXPERT presenters

We will be continually updating our roster of presenters.

Shiloh Johnson


Andrea Chesleigh


Hilliary Turnipseed

Women 2.0

Allyson Kapin

W Fund

Sydney Sykes


Keisha Bowden

K Bella Consulting

Jasmine Foroutan

Pitch Genius

Karen KJ Johnson

KJ Strategy Design Studio

Ally Accelerator Application

The Ally Accelerator has no charge for our founders. The application deadline is February 5, 2021.


Please check the sharing settings. If your deck is accessible in incognito, you are good to go.



(Please select no more than three options)


Please use “;” to separate founders
• Playbook Capital is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy, and we’ll only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the products and services you requested from us. From time to time, we would like to contact you about our products and services, as well as other content that may be of interest to you. If you consent to us contacting you for this purpose, please check above. • By clicking the checkbox, you consent to allow Playbook Capital to store and process the personal information submitted above to provide you the content requested.