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Accelerate 2024: Citizens Make Change

February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Accelerate, sponsored by Citizens, is a high-energy annual civic pitch competition. This Shark Tank-style event gives individuals across Northeast Ohio a chance to win seed money to help launch their idea to make the region a better place.

In the first round, presenters pitch their ideas to a panel of community leaders who select one finalist in each of six categories to pitch in the Finalist round to the full audience, which votes for the winner. The winner receives $5,000, and the remaining five finalists each receive $2,000 to help fund their ideas.

Technovation, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation, is a separate contest at Accelerate for ideas featuring technology. The five selected presenters pitch their idea to a panel of judges with the winner taking home $3,500.

Thursday, February 22, 2024
4:30-8:30 p.m.
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
(300 Lakeside Ave E)


  • 4:00 p.m. Doors open
  • 4:30 p.m. Category pitches (Round 1)
  • 5:45 p.m. Category pitches (Round 2)
  • 7:15 p.m. Finalist competition + awards

Networking throughout the evening

Ticket levels
$125 Accelerate Patron ticket
$75 Accelerate Supporter ticket
$40 General admission
$25 Student ticket

All ticket levels provide access to the full event. Come for all, or just for part.
If you are interested in purchasing a table, contact Courtney Scullen (216-592-2243).

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Contact Courtney Scullen with questions at (216) 592-2243.


February 22
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Variable ticket cost
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Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
300 W Lakeside Ave
Cleveland, OH United States
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