We Are Expanding the Community Growth Program + Toolkit in the Heartland!

Join Heartland Forward and our partners, builders + backers and Accenture, to learn more about this exciting expansion.

We have commited to raise the funds to support 1,000 builders solving community challenges throughout the middle of the country. Don't miss the chance for your community to be part of the 2022 expansion!



Cohorts Have Launched in Tulsa, OK, Oxford, MS Iowa City, Iowa and Oklahoma City for this Winter’s Community Growth Program and Toolkit (CGPT)

Big Ideas:A personalized music teacher app, a mobile bar service, a social sports app to help like-minded people find each other, an on-demand or subscription based service for Black hair care products, an effort to introduce more kids to STEM opportunities and a program to encourage more Hispanic students from rural communities to go to college. What do all these topics have in common? They are ideas featured in this year’s CGPT cohort!

Drilling down further:Sponsored by Heartland Forward with partner Builders + Backers, the CGPT helps entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life by focusing on experimentation and idea acceleration. Builders are supported by a $5,000 Pebble Grant to test their ideas and are mentored by Master Builders throughout the program. This winter we are serving 50 builders. Sign up for this opportunity when it comes to a community near you!

Get in touch with us today to receive information on how to bring the CGPT to your community:


Over the past year Heartland Forward, Builders + Backers and Accenture have used a new approach to problem solving to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and action across the heartland. Working with local partners, we have supported 15 Builders to launch their ideas and solve community challenges.

Our goal is to inspire more people to see themselves as Builders, equip them to create new ventures and solve problems.

The CGPT leads and supports heartland communities with a transformative and modernized approach to problem solving – with an entrepreneurial mindset, creating value for communities and increasing access to capital and resources.

The program delivers four things
  1. idea accelerator
  2. pebble fund
  3. storytelling program
  4. buildership workshop



Our mission is to improve the economic performance in the center of the united states by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes.