Accelerate 2018 coverage on Cleveland.com

Highlighting winner, Tory Coats, the other four finalists (Keisha Johnson Chambers, Christopher Scott, Gina VanCant/Kendra Valton and Angela Bair) and last year’s winner, Jeremy Langham. After winning the competition, Coats told them, “The goal is to create opportunities so that students can actually visualize that they can own businesses in their own communities.” See the…

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Accelerate featured by Cleveland Plus

“Nearly 500 Gather for Civic Pitch Competition Youth Pop-Up Shops in City Neighborhoods Voted Winning Pitch Tory Coats’ idea to help youth create pop-up shops in city neighborhoods was voted the winning civic pitch by the audience Wednesday night, February 21, at Accelerate: Citizens Make Change, an annual competition presented by Citizens Bank and Cleveland Leadership Center.” Read the…

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WKYC coverage of Accelerate 2018

In their coverage of the event, which they dubbed, “like Shark Tank, but with a bigger heart,” they speak with winner Tory Coats about what winning the event means to him and his cause. You can see the clip that aired on the 11:00 p.m. news the night of the event, as well as their…

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Youth pop-up shop is winning civic pitch at Accelerate

5 finalists win prizes at event presented by CLC and Citizens Bank Tory Coats’ idea to help youth create pop-up shops in city neighborhoods was voted the winning civic pitch by the audience Wednesday night, February 21, at Accelerate: Citizens Make Change, an annual competition presented by Citizens Bank and Cleveland Leadership Center. Coats will receive…

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Accelerate 2016’s B-Buzz Baseball creating impact

The B-Buzz Baseball League pitched by Wendell Fields at Accelerate 2016 is now entering its fourth season and the league was recently granted 501(c)3 non-profit status. To offer additional programming to their players this year,  they partnered with several outstanding community agencies that will help equip players with the skills they will need now and into…

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