Re-establish Little League in the Lee-Harvard community

Wendell Fields pitched his idea to re-establishing the B-Buzz Little League Baseball at Accelerate 2016. The league provided a family atmosphere, safe place and lasting friendships and became a lifeline for many African-American males in the 1960s and 70s. After Accelerate, Wendell began registering students to play in the League’s opening day on May 28,…

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Passion Grants

KC McKenna wants to motivate young people to discover what fires them up! He pitched his Passion Grant Explorers program that pairs youth with expert mentors and essential funding to engage them in experiences that will shape their futures at Accelerate 2016. Since the event in February 2016, he has developed an Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship…

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MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter

Jessica Leary Allen had a vision for an online clearinghouse that matches mothers opting back into the professional workforce with transformational projects, filling gaps for nonprofits and developing a new pool of talent for our region. Jessica pitched her idea – MotherBoard – at Accelerate 2016. After winning the runner-up prize, Jessica Leary Allen brought her…

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KinderKits

As a kindergarten teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ben Colas was surprised that the vast majority of children entering his classroom were unprepared for school, and knowing that those who enter behind, stay behind, he was inspired to change that. He pitched his idea for KinderKits, an engaging module for parents to effectively…

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I Am Hollywood

Alex P. Michaels and Sofia Plass want to unlocking imagination and creativity among youth and pitched their idea to have them create stories and make movies with their phones at Accelerate 2016. Alex has established himself as the “Cleveland Cinema Czar” and is working with investors and sponsors on building a cinema industry based on…

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