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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LGBT Youth Culinary Creation

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 at the event, his vision to launch a culinary kitchen to…

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ReForest City: Trees for Community Health and Engagement

Laura Marks wanted to engage residents to plant trees on private property in Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs. She pitched her ReForest City idea, bringing neighbors together to plant trees in low-income neighborhoods, at Accelerate 2015. Since February 2015, she has been working to increase publicity and popularity of her community gardening initiative to allow…

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Rust Belt Riders: Pedal-Powered Composting

Roughly 40% of all food grown in the United States is wasted, this at a time when 1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger. These systems need to change and the systems that combat inefficiencies need to be supported. Community composting offers everyone a way to fight waste and support new food systems. At Accelerate…

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