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2017 Accelerate presenter updates

Accelerate presenters from this year are already making waves! 

Overall Winner  

Jeremy Langham

Jeremy Langham

Jeremy teamed up with 2016 Accelerate winner Ben Colas at Cleveland Co-labs' “Cleveland Give and Get: A Charity Date Auction." Jeremy had the opportunity to talk about Ironborne Brew Works and auctioned off a home brewing experience which raised $300 for Ben's KinderKits. Jeremy also has an Ironborne Brew Works website up. 

 

Finalists
Jowan Smith

Jowan Smith

Jowan launched a Getting Our Babies to College 101 website to help families understand the importance of starting the college process in Eighth grade and to show parents how to navigate their way to as much free money for college as possible. She also was invited by Validity Sports and Enrichment, a local nonprofit that works with youth through sports and mentorship, to speak in early March to parents of student athletes about helping increase their students chance of being scouted.

Ava Thomas

Ava Thomas

Ava’s pitch, Memory Mats, are personalized do-it-yourself placemat with pictures and phrases that act as memory cues for individuals with Alzheimer's and serve as a conversation starter for visitors and caregivers. With the Accelerate seed money, Ava purchased an extra wide portable laminator and materials to produce mats that have a more professional feel. She created a new instruction sheet and completed the first batch of mats with the West Geauga Senior Center in Chesterland. She has also mailed out Memory Mat packages to other potential users. As a result of contacts Ava made at Accelerate, she will also be meeting with Menorah Park, one of the region’s largest providers of services to the elderly. She continues to look for additional opportunities to work with additional facilities on Memory Mats.