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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Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait

In 2015 Allison Lukacsy-Love launched “Bus Stop Moves,” an arts and health initiative collaboration with The MetroHealth Systems, GCRTA, and the Healthy Cleveland Initiative encouraging riders to exercise while they wait for public transit. In February 2016, she pitched her vision of wrapping bus shelters with exercise illustrations and motivational health tips to challenge the Cleveland…

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