Jowan Smith speaking in Boston

Jowan Smith was selected to speak at WGBH EdForum: Supporting and Engaging Students in the Middle Grades in Boston, MA on September 27, 2017. She will discuss her “Getting Our Babies To College 101” program and share tips on how to help prepare students and parents for the college prep process starting in middle school. According to…

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Accelerate 2017’s Jowan Smith to be on Mind Healing Conversations Sunday

Jowan Smith will be on Robyn Hill’s Elevations Radio Mind Healing Conversations this Sunday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. EST. During the one-hour show, entitled “Jowan Smith: Passion+ Perseverance= Power,” Jowan will discuss her personal story, health, daughter, and development of her business – and 2017 finalist pitch – Getting Our Babies To College 101….

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Accelerate 2017’s Jowan Smith selected for JumpStart’s Core City Impact Program

Jowan Smith was one of five entrepreneurs selected to participate in the next cohort of JumpStart Inc.’s Core City Impact Program. According to Jumpstart’s website, the “12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring.” The…

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Urban Watershed Regatta

Ebony Hood pitched her idea for a youth regatta, complete with training and coaching, as a way to expose them to a new form of urban sport that is connected to the environment they live in at Accelerate 2017 Her idea came to fruition on August 10, 2017 with an event for K-12 students.

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Memory Mat

Ava Alexandra Thomas took home $2,000 as a runner-up at Accelerate 2017 for her Memory Mat idea – a personalized do-it-yourself place mat with pictures and phrases that act as memory cues for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia and serve as conversation starters for visitors and caregivers. With the Accelerate seed money, Ava purchased an extra…

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