Announcing the Ventures in the Collab Fall Accelerator 2021

3 min readNov 5, 2021
The Fall Cohort came together for an outdoor gathering at Bloom in New Haven.

Collab is proudly supported by the New Haven Innovation Collaborative, CTNext, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Foundation Mission Investments Company (TCF-MIC), the City of New Haven, NewAlliance Foundation, and others — as well as a growing network of individual donors.

Collab is an accelerator for Connecticut entrepreneurs. Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with impactful, rigorous business support using a compassionate, fundamentally heart-centered approach so that they can build good businesses, create economic power, and shape their communities for themselves and their families.

We prioritize serving people of color and women — particularly Black and Latinx entrepreneurs — who face persistent and significant barriers because of structural racism and sexism.

We received 41 applications from entrepreneurs. After a review process, seven ventures were selected for this cohort of the Collab Accelerator.

And now, we’re proud to introduce you to the 7 ventures in the Collab Fall Accelerator 2021 cohort:

iinFirm Concierge seeks to reduce stress for individuals dealing with illness and overwhelm through comprehensive services.

Nourish Our Seeds provides individual- and group-lactation support centering and provided by Black women.

The Purpose Factory is a transformational coaching program that helps returning citizens and youth find and pursue their purpose.

Urban Empress is a natural hair product line created by and for people of color.

Wàbi Gallery is an artist-run gallery that also seeks to be an educational space and community resource.

Wise Child Puppets is a puppet company that creates original shows that support social-emotional wellness for kids.

Posh Paint provides mindfulness-centered and creative art experiences that promote self-confidence and self-esteem.




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