Cleveland as a Comedy Hub

Cleveland as a Comedy Hub Ramon Rivas 2016 Finalist Transformative Arts & Culture category 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…

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Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait

Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait Allison Lukacsy-Love 2015 Finalist Quality of Life category Presented in partnership with: 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…

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Ohio City Clean Up and Green Up Day

Ohio City Clean Up and Green Up Day Steve Roberts 2015 Presenter Quality of Life category Steve Roberts pitched his idea for an Ohio City clean up day at Accelerate 2015. After the event, he worked with Ohio City, Inc. to organize a group of neighborhood volunteers to clean up Ohio City. Steve saw his…

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Limitless Ambition: Giving Women the Tools They Need

Limitless Ambition: Giving Women the Tools They Need Alicia Robinson 2015 Presenter Economic Development category The mission of Alicia Robinson’s Limitless Ambition is to empower women from economically deprived areas with tools to excel academically, pursue their career goals, and overcome emotional obstacles. She pitched this program at Accelerate 2015 with the hope of eliminating…

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LGBT Youth Culinary Creation

LGBT Youth Culinary Creation Bob Sferra 2015 Finalist Community Change category Bob Sferra wanted to expand his future LGBT Youth Program Culinary classes, which allow an otherwise disenfranchised LGBT youth population to learn skills, build self-esteem, and possibly gain a mentor. Bob pitched this idea at Accelerate 2015. After earning prize money as a runner-up…

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