Cleveland Codes becomes National Model

When Matt Fieldman pitched, and won, for his software bootcamp idea at Accelerate 2015, he had no idea the idea would take off the way it has. Not only is the program a full-fledged academy within Tri-C helping dozens of low-income individuals gain the skills and connections for sustainable, fruitful software careers each year, Cleveland Codes recently…

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Accelerate presenters collaborate for greater impact

Stephanie Buda of The Kids of 216 and Ali Lukacsy-Love of Give Box Cleveland, both who pitched their ideas at Accelerate, are working together to create the prototype for the many Little Free Pantries that will debut in Cleveland this summer! 11 OSHA-certified Youth Opportunities Unlimited of Cleveland, Ohio employees will build the boxes this June, but anyone can help…

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TV20’s recap of Accelerate

Ursula Cottone, 2018 event co-chair, told TV20, “It really helps bring out people who care about civic innovation, and it brings those ideas to life and gives people the opportunity to share those ideas and fund them to go forward and make them a reality in the city.” The clip also features: Last year’s winner…

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Accelerate 2018 winning pitch on Cleveland 19 News

Tory Coats was interviewed about his winning Accelerate pitch on Cleveland 19 News on Wednesday, March 7. He spoke with reporter Sara Goldenberg about his plans to work with teens on creating pop-up shops to transform Cleveland neighborhoods and help them become entrepreneurs. CLC President and CEO Marianne Crosley spoke about how Accelerate gives voice…

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Black Girl in the CLE take on Accelerate

Dawn Rivers, recently intrigued by pitch competitions, attended Accelerate last week and wrote a blog post describing her experience. “Each of the ideas I saw pitched were well thought out and executed. This only made me more determined to take my business to the stage. Look out Cleveland, here I come!” Read the full post…

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