If These Walls Could Talk

“If These Walls Could Talk” was Chris Webb’s idea for an urban arts project that engages youth to research and creatively present the history of abandoned properties, as a way of honoring Cleveland’s history, strengthening community identity, and igniting a conversation about the future of the community. Chris pitched the idea at Accelerate 2015, and…

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ReForest City: Trees for Community Health and Engagement

Laura Marks wanted to engage residents to plant trees on private property in Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs. She pitched her ReForest City idea, bringing neighbors together to plant trees in low-income neighborhoods, at Accelerate 2015. Since February 2015, she has been working to increase publicity and popularity of her community gardening initiative to allow…

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Clean Hands Means Quality of Life

One out of every 25 patients obtains a healthcare-associated infection. Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infection. Shanina Knighton saw opportunity in those facts and pitched her idea for the first bedside patient-controlled hand sanitation dispenser at Accelerate 2015. The dispensers have an antimicrobial coating and usage frequency reminder, requiring no…

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Flight Club

Justo Karell & Evan Harri pitched their idea for the Flight Club, a program to teach underprivileged youths in Cleveland the basic concepts of flight, mechanics, and engineering at Accelerate 2015. Their concept used simple, yet fun and engaging lessons followed by assisted, hands on construction of the student’s very own quadcopters. Their hope was to…

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Bring Crime 2 Cleaveland

Alex P. Michaels and Peter Lawson Jones wanted to shoot a crime web/TV series in Cleveland, Ohio. While real crime hurts a region and leaves marks that takes years to heal, the fictional crime series was intended to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and give an outlet to tell stories that can bring the community…

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