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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Judge Free Moms

Colleen Carter pitched her idea for a platform for mothers from all walks of life to share experiences, learn from others and grow to become even better, without the fear of being judged for the decisions they make. Colleen’s blog has nearly 5,000 followers from almost every state and four countries. Publications like Huffington Post have…

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Ironborne Brew Works

Jeremy Langham won Accelerate 2017 with his pitch to create a benevolent brewpub serving up social justice and economic opportunity with each pint of beer by supporting organizations that dismantle barriers to opportunity in Cleveland. After Accelerate, Jeremy teamed up with 2016 Accelerate winner Ben Colas at Cleveland Co-labs’ “Cleveland Give and Get: A Charity Date…

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Imagination for our Imagined Nation

Daniel Gray-Kontar pitched his idea at Accelerate 2017 to send five young Cleveland artists to the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in San Francisco in Summer 2017 through his Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator. In addition to the $2,000 Daniel won at Accelerate, Twelve Literary and Performative Arts incubator received a $20,000 capacity-building grant from The Cleveland…

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Ignite: A Celebration of the Burning River

Jim Ridge pitched his idea for an arts and music festival along the Cuyahoga River so people can experience, appreciate and enjoy how far it has come since the 1969 fire. Jim’s pitch for Ignite, an arts and music festival to celebrate Cleveland’s waterfront recovery, manifested in a “stripped down version” as the Burning River…

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