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Accelerate 2021: Citizens Make Change

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - February 25 @ 6:30 pm

Cleveland Leadership Center’s


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Accelerate is a pitch competition which gives individuals across Northeast Ohio the chance to win seed money to help launch their idea to make the region a better place.

Applicants are selected to pitch in one of six categories before event attendees and a panel of judges drawn from community leaders. The judges select one finalist in each category. The six finalists take the main stage to pitch their ideas to the full audience, which votes on the winner. The winner receives $5,000 and the remaining five finalists each receive $2,000 to help bring their ideas to life.

Accelerate 2021 tickets are available now on a Pay What You Can basis. Once Accelerate ticket gets your whole household access to all six of the category competitions, the Technovation competition, as well as the finalist competition. And since it’s all virtual this year, you can see all the pitches! You’ll also get access to view recordings of the pitches in case you miss the live stream.


Monday, February 22, 2021

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Authentic Cleveland Experiences
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Virtual networking
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Education
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Virtual networking

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Economic Development
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Virtual networking
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Health & Well-being
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Virtual networking

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Social Change
  • 5:00-5:30 p.m. Virtual networking
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Quality of Life
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Virtual networking

Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. Technovation
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Virtual networking
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Teen Entrepreneur Showcase
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. Finalist competition


Presenting partner

Lead category partner
The MetroHealth System

Category partners
Destination Cleveland, KJK, The Lubrizol Corporation, MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, Nordson, Oatey Co., Oswald Companies, Thompson Hine LLP, and Westfield

Technovation competition host
Cleveland Foundation

Dare2Believe Pop-Up Shops sponsor
Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Past Presenter Showcase sponsor
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Other supporters
ECDI, Small Organization Solutions, Weiss Movers and Storage


February 22 @ 4:00 pm
February 25 @ 6:30 pm
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