Accelerate 2017’s Shayla Ivezzy a part of Thea Bowman Center program

Shayla Ivezzy (LookUp 2009) pitched her idea to help students in under-served areas with professional attire and services to prepare them for successful futures. To that end, she has partnered with the Thea Bowman Center and is creating workshops for their six-week college and career readiness series.

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CLC alumni leading the charge for Ohio CDC of The Year

Executive Director Jeff Verespej (CBB 2013; former Leadership Council Chair) and Director, Marketing and Development, Jason Powers (CBB 2016) are making great things happen in Old Brooklyn and their efforts have been recognized. Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation recently won the “CDC of The Year” Award from the Ohio CDC Association at the statewide organization’s…

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Accelerate 2015 winner creating an employable workforce

Accelerate 2015 winner Matt Fieldman launched Cleveland Codes in January 2016. To date, over 70 low-income or under-employed adults have been successfully trained as entry-level, full-stack software developers. Roughly 40 percent of graduates are women, and over 60 percent are minorities. Over 70 percent of graduates are now actively working in technology careers, with many…

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David Tryon nominated by President Trump

David Tryon (LC 2016) has been nominated as Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to Porter Wright’s press release, as Chief Counsel for Advocacy, David will work to “advance the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, federal courts and state policymakers.” See…

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Accelerate 2015 & 2016’s Alex P. Michaels pitched at JumpStart, Inc.

Alex P. Michaels has a dream to create a local movie industry in Cleveland. He pitched projects to help bring that vision to reality at the inaugural Accelerate event in 2015 and again in 2016. He continues his quest and pitched his idea at JumpStart, Inc.’s Open Mic Pitch Night and his company Prelude2Cinema will become part…

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