Thirty ideas (5:30 p.m.) across six categories will be pitched for a chance to win $5,000. Five Technovation (4:30 p.m.) presenters will pitch at for the chance to win $3,500. Hear their ideas in person and vote for your favorite. Register today >

Authentic Cleveland Experiences

Presented in partnership with Destination Cleveland

Cleveland: Through the Eyes of Locals

Nurahn Abouzahra

Cleveland’s determination will be showcased through experiences that attract visitors. By engaging local partners, visitors, and residents, the experiences will invigorate lesser-known neighborhoods, improve economies, and highlight small businesses.

A Soulful Tour of Cleveland

Shana Black

Through a unique tour, attendees will visit various Black-owned businesses and urban spaces that are often overlooked, learn about the neighborhoods, and receive a list of resources, events and additional locations that showcase Black culture.

Blazing Paddles Paddlefest-a Celebration of the Comeback Cuyahoga River

Jim Ridge
FB: @ShareTheRiver  |  TW: @ShareTheRiver  |  IG: @sharetheriver

Blazing Paddles Paddlefest is a paddleboard, canoe, and kayak festival that was founded to promote the economic, recreational, and social vibrancy of Cleveland’s waterfront. The goal for 2020 is to expand it to a music, food, and beer celebration of the Cuyahoga River’s resurgence.

Soul of Cleveland Tours

Kim Smith-Woodford

Guests will take an engaging journey through Cleveland’s rich, vibrant, and tragic Black history through a look, see, feel, and touch tour. The tour will blend popular facts and interesting tales and immerse guests in history, culture, and food.

Superman Sighted Downtown!

Bob Yanega
FB: @Supermancleveland  |  TW: @supermanincle  |  IG: @SupermaninCLE

To pay homage to Superman’s Cleveland roots, a handful of life-size Superman statues will be created and placed around downtown, such that no two can be seen at the same time, giving the illusion that he is moving around downtown.

Community Change

Presented in partnership with Oswald Companies and Westfield

Recipe Re-Mix ENGAGED!

Susan Porter
FB: @social.impact.cle

Recipe Re-Mix Engaged expands the use of healthier re-mixes of favorite recipes and bridges the digital divide by engaging newly connected seniors across the city. Participants discuss and make the re-mixed recipes both on- and off-site (via Zoom).

1,000 Ties

Jowan Smith
FB: @1,000 Ties  |  TW: @GOBTC101

The 1,000 Ties etiquette program educates inner-city males ages 6-21 on dining etiquette, tying a tie, communication skills, grooming, sportsmanship, proper dress, the art of being a gentleman, and how to be the best version of themselves.


Fair Housing for All

Jonathan Steirer & Ashley Wilson
FB: @ClevelandGlobalShapers  |  IG: @globalshaperscle

Creating an interactive exhibit to educate renters and landlords. Using a data-driven approach, the exhibit will provide historical context and is the first tool in developing an anti-bias, human-centered screening model.

You Belong in Downtown CLE

Jess Wallace
FB: @hoots51  |  TW: @hoots51  |  IG: @hoots51

Transforming Downtown Cleveland into a neighborhood through free monthly meals. Participants will discuss improving Downtown and connect with their neighbors, public officials, and others that have an impact on the neighborhood’s transformation.

civiCLE: Where Community and Change Connect

Julia Wang

civiCLE is a two-day community engagement fair where organizations and residents find opportunities to deepen community participation. By connecting residents to the pipelines of change, we can create stronger solutions to our city’s challenges.

Economic & Workforce Development

Presented in partnership with Oatey Co. and The Lubrizol Corporation

Brain Gear Academy

Janice Jokkel

An affordable small-business workforce development platform that uses an e-learning process to hire, train, and retain employees, thereby cutting costs and keeping the employee engaged in key organizational behaviors that drive growth.

Next Level CLE

Jen Jones Donatelli
FB: @Next-Level Networking CLE  |  IG: @nextlevelcle

Next Level CLE is a free networking group for dynamic, community-minded, mid-career women (ages 35+) who are at the “next level” of their careers, lives, and families and are ready to lend their time and talents to important causes and efforts.

Eat Local 365

Natasha Kalas

Transforming Cleveland’s vacant industrial and retail spaces into automated indoor hydroponic farms using IoT mobile controls, AI, robotics and green energy integration. Providing Cleveland residents with access to fresh food 365 days of the year.

CHI – Cleveland Humanity Investing

Jason C. Miller
FB: @Chi – Cleveland Humanity Investing  |  IG: @thewhq  | LI: Chi – Cleveland Humanity Investing

CHI empowers Clevelanders with solutions for homeownership and wealth through the transformation of recyclables into affordable housing for veterans, and the working poor, built by up-skilled rehabilitated citizens.

Citizens with Dollars!

Gloria Rose

Using online money management tools, volunteer instructors will teach participants how to manage their personal finances through a series of workshops, including how to build savings, manage cash-flow, and plan for emergencies.

Educating for Tomorrow

Presented in partnership with Nordson Corporation

Literacy over Learning Loss

Quartez Harris

A unique literacy event will prevent the summer learning loss that disproportionately affects low-income households. Volunteers will facilitate hands-on learning stations and pair students with books that reflect their identities and experiences.

Lectures for Citizens!

Laura Rose

Lectures for Citizens! is a 10-month lecture series open to the community featuring speakers from across disciplines who will address community challenges and share what they have learned and how it can be implemented.

Connect4U

Sanjanasri Vedavyas

Connect4U aspires to equalize opportunity by redirecting the excess of supplies from individuals, schools, and businesses to students and schools in need. Users can then search for the supplies and acquire them at a highly marked down cost.

PREP

Jean Votypka, Ph.D.

PREP is a primary reading engagement program that motivates students in grades K-3 to read nightly. The program is based on contingent reward, book choice, parental involvement, and reading frequency.

Health & Wellness

Presented in partnership with Thompson Hine LLP

Yes, I’m Covered!

Jasmine Bibb

Yes, I’m Covered! is a simple and practical online course that teaches participants to understand and effectively utilize their health care plan and optimize their benefits. They then test their knowledge through simulations of realistic scenarios.

!nspired U

Charmaine Holland

!nspired U provides coaching and workshops to empower survivors of child sexual abuse to switch the narrative around abuse, help shift mindsets from victim to survivor, and prime others to prevent abuse.

Say No to Stress

Priya Kalahasti & Aditya Kalahasti
IG: @say.no.to.stress

Say No to Stress is an initiative to teach high school students stress-decreasing breathing techniques. The techniques are taught only once, yet students can do them anytime in order to decrease stress anywhere.


The Cleveland Chestnut Project

Conner Karakul & Eliot Kamen

Creating an urban chestnut orchard to promote the growth of a native nut tree that yields a crop that is rich in vitamins and minerals while restoring tree canopy, improving air and water quality, and creating habitat and green space.


Integrating you into your healthcare, BAAM! 

Diane Mastnardo & Jacque Mastnardo

Breathing, Aromatherapy Acupressure and Movement, BAAM! Engaging people through their senses to decrease symptoms of anxiety and increase impulse control in the moment.

Quality of Life

Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus & MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network

Saving Lives with Art

Dr. Angela Isom

A fictional book will follow the struggles of a homeless, single mom in Cleveland and the real-life social service agencies that support her to success. At the book release, residents in need will be connected to the agencies in the publication.

The Hood and the Analog Kingdom

Ryan P. Kinney
FB: @HEYMAN.Producations  |  IG: @heymanproducations

Upgrading the existing art installations, “The Analog Kingdom” and “The Hood,” for spoken word and musical performances to reach more people, encourage them to play, and become part of the art.

Women Helping Women Win

Karen Mcalpine

Women Helping Women Win is a resource and safe space for women and children suffering from domestic violence, women returning to the community, and single mothers. It will help them get back on their feet to provide for themselves and their children.

Write for Your Life

MariSoul

Write for Your Life is a space where people of different ages and cultures can use writing and sharing as a form of creative therapy. The project includes an app where people can create stories based on themes and share them through audio or video.


Blanket Blessings

Logan Dior Williams & Denyelle E Rashid
IG: @logan_dior & @logansmomdenyelle

Blanket Blessings will provide the less fortunate with the necessary care packages they need as the seasons change. It will also be a way to inspire children to make a change in their own communities.


Technovation

Presented in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation

Yes, I’m Covered!

Jasmine Bibb

Yes, I’m Covered! is a simple and practical online course that teaches participants to understand and effectively utilize their health care plan and optimize their benefits. They then test their knowledge through simulations of realistic scenarios.

Jasmine is also pitching in the Health & Wellness category

Eat Local 365

Natasha Kalas

Transforming Cleveland’s vacant industrial and retail spaces into automated indoor hydroponic farms using IoT mobile controls, AI, robotics and green energy integration. Providing Cleveland residents with access to fresh food 365 days of the year.

Natasha is also pitching in the Economic & Workforce Development category

Phantom Send

Chuck Loney
LI: @Charles Loney

Phantom Send is an anonymous gift-giving app which shows how many gifts you have given to others and how many you have received. The app perpetuates a cycle of generosity so that those who receive gifts in turn want to give a gift to someone else.

Recipe Re-Mix ENGAGED!

Susan Porter
FB: @social.impact.cle

Recipe Re-Mix Engaged expands the use of healthier re-mixes of favorite recipes and bridges the digital divide by engaging newly connected seniors across the city. Participants discuss and make the re-mixed recipes both on- and off-site (via Zoom).

Susan is also pitching in the Community Change category

Connect4U

Sanjanasri Vedavyas

Connect4U aspires to equalize opportunity by redirecting the excess of supplies from individuals, schools, and businesses to students and schools in need. Users can then search for the supplies and acquire them at a highly marked down cost.

Sanjanasri is also pitching in the Educating for Tomorrow category