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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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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