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AICPA and Startup Accelerator

How your Startup could be accelerated

What types of companies are we looking for?

We’re focused on three specific themes that ultimately help the profession perform and add value at a higher level.

ACCOUNTECH — Tools and platforms that improve efficiencies for accounting and finance professionals as well as advanced technologies that enable firms to shift their focus to value-added advisory services.

Examples may include but are not limited to:
  • Automation of routine accounting tasks
  • Automating collection and analysis of data that accountants can use to inform strategy
  • Artificial intelligence to augment human decision-making
  • Blockchain platforms and/or cryptoasset reporting
  • Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
  • Financial and Tax Planning Solutions
  • Cybersecurity tools & platforms

REGTECH — Technologies that facilitate the delivery of regulatory requirements and help businesses meet the challenges of regulatory monitoring, reporting, compliance, risk management and fraud detection.

Examples may include but are not limited to:
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence that help financial institutions manage, analyze and report accurate information
  • Technology to detect real-time market or operational risks
  • Compliance & Risk controls

ESG — Solutions that enable the accounting & finance professional to support, audit and advise on Environmental, Social and Governance initiatives. A growing category that provides an evaluation of a firm’s collective conscientiousness as it relates to environmental and social factors. Examples may include but are not limited to:

Examples may include but are not limited to:
  • Data collection or repository
  • Dashboards that track ESG initiatives performance
  • Audit tools
  • Reporting solutions

“What I truly cherished was the invaluable advice from industry experts; it wasn't the typical run-of-the-mill guidance, but practical, real-world insights that made a meaningful difference for our company. As a result of our participation, our company's profile in the industry received a significant boost, and we've become a recognized name in our niche. It's been an exciting and rewarding experience all around.”

Kelly Mann, CPA

Co-Founder and CEO of AuditMiner


Seed or pre-Series A, with some exceptions

Must have a functioning product or service

Must have a value proposition for the accounting profession

What we offer



Selected startups will be offered a $25,000 grant.



Startups will be given access to the profession including to members, firms, press, and other customers that can help their businesses grow.



We will provide unmatched subject-matter expertise, coaching, mentorship, and knowledge about the profession to help each selected startup refine its value proposition, scale and grow.

Timing for the 2024 cohort

July 2023

Applications open

November 30, 2023

Applications close

January 2024

Announcement of the new cohort. Upon selection, the full accelerator program is ~6 months.

March 2024

The cohort will convene in person for two days of learning and mentoring. The Advisory Panel and applicable Association executives will attend this session.

February - June 2024
(virtual and in person)

Ongoing coaching calls and meetings with each startup to provide guidance, expertise, access to applicable channels, learning, and feedback on growth plans and progress.

June 2024

The cohort will have an opportunity to present at ENGAGE 2023, North America’s premier accounting conference.

July 2024

Applications open for the 2024 cohort

September 2024

Webinar to present virtually to practitioners about their solutions.

November 30, 2024

Applications Close

December 2024

Showcase at Digital CPA, the leading conference for practitioners curious about technology and its impact on the accounting landscape.


For questions about the program or inquiries about submitting an application, please contact:

Kacee Johnson, VP of Strategy & Innovation at

Vendela Hale, Manager of Corporate Alliances