Angela Bair’s adapted toy library is becoming a reality

At Accelerate 2018, Angela Bair pitched her idea for a library that makes educational and therapeutic resources for children with special needs accessible to parents, caregivers, educators, and professionals. In conjunction with Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, who will house the library, she completed a workshop provided by RePlay for Kids, an area nonprofit that specializes in…

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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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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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Feb 22 Sound of Ideas featuring Accelerate presenters

Just over 12 hours after their pitch on the big stage at Accelerate winner Tory Coats, finalists Keisha Johnson Chambers, Christopher Scott and Gina VanCant, along with last year’s winner Jeremy Langham, headed over the WCPN 90.3 studios for an on-air chat with show host Mike McIntyre. McIntyre co-emceed the event alongside Micki Byrnes of WKYC….

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Accelerate 2018 coverage on Cleveland.com

Highlighting winner, Tory Coats, the other four finalists (Keisha Johnson Chambers, Christopher Scott, Gina VanCant/Kendra Valton and Angela Bair) and last year’s winner, Jeremy Langham. After winning the competition, Coats told them, “The goal is to create opportunities so that students can actually visualize that they can own businesses in their own communities.” See the…

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