Career Closet: More than a Wardrobe

Shayla Ivezzy was a finalist for her pitch at Accelerate 2017. Her vision for a wardrobe on wheels and mobile career center to provide students in under-served areas with professional attire and services to prepare them for successful futures and prompt economic empowerment earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since Accelerate, Shayla has been…

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 Build on Solid Rock

On February 22, 2017, Stephanie Buda pitched her idea for renewing inner-city families by restoring homes for working families in neighborhoods where commercial and public buildings are being upgraded but homes are not. Since Accelerate, Stephanie moved forward with her dream – a summer school and youth employment program. The Kids of 216, launched in…

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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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Limitless Ambition: Giving Women the Tools They Need

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 poverty by offering programs with a holistic approach to give women the tools they need…

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Cleveland Codes: Bringing Software Development to Low-Income Populations

With over 500 openings for software developers and coders, Cleveland desperately needs more tech talent. At the same time, for-profit software boot camps have become all the rage. On February 25, 2015, Matt Fieldman pitched his idea to address this issue: Cleveland Codes. Through philanthropy and social enterprise, he wanted to bring long-term careers in…

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