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Winrock International

Legacy Project

Accelerate Acadiana

With its historic dependence on the oil and gas industry, Louisiana’s Acadiana region has been prone to dizzying booms and devastating busts. To develop creative solutions to this problem, Winrock partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, the Opportunity Machine, and the Community Foundation of Acadiana to create Accelerate Acadiana. By educating and assisting would-be entrepreneurs, Accelerate Acadiana creates local jobs, fosters innovation and ensures the region’s economic health.

Project Timeline: October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2020

Country: United States

Program Area: U.S. Programs 

Contact: Vicki Malpass,


total follow on capital raised as of June 2019


private capital leveraged


mentors volunteered 1,070 hours


private partners participating