Accelerate: Civic vision into action
Accelerate is an opportunity for every individual in Cleveland to share and act on a personal vision to change our region.
Individual community members are invited to submit compelling, innovative and even wild pitch ideas for one-and-done projects or sustainable, ongoing efforts that make Northeast Ohio a better place. Pitches are made in one of five broad categories:
1. Quality of Life
2. Economic Development
3. Educating for Tomorrow
4. Community Change
5. Transformative Arts and Culture
At the event, five pitches in each category are presented before small audiences and panels of judges drawn from community leaders. Judges select one finalist in each category. The finalists make their pitches before a combined audience, which vote on the overall winner. Winners receive seed funding to help bring their vision to reality, but all pitched ideas may find a champion among the crowd to help them take flight.
The inaugural event – Accelerate 2015: A New Model for Change, presented by Bernie Moreno Companies – drew more than 450 attendees and 60 civic pitch submissions. Hundreds of community members served as judges, hosts and volunteers. A Huffington Post blogger called it “Shark Tank meets TED Talks.”
Read about Accelerate 2016: Citizens Make Change, which was presented by Citizens Bank and CLC on February 24, 2016
Read about Accelerate 2015: A New Model for Changes