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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Good Cause CLE: A Creative Partner in Digital Marketing

Pam Turos pitched her idea for a powerful online presence for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs by connecting good causes with the money and resources to share their message with the world. Using the seed money she earned as a runner-up at the event, Pam launched a blog just four months after Accelerate. The site provides ways…

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Cleveland as a Comedy Hub

Ramon Rivas, II has visions of Cleveland as a national comedy hub. He pitched his idea to bring nationally-known talent to Cleveland for his annual Accidental Comedy Fest. The festival that enriches Cleveland’s performing arts scene and raises Cleveland’s profile in the national conversation while providing a platform for local talent to work with emerging…

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