Accelerate 2017’s Jowan Smith selected for JumpStart’s Core City Impact Program

Jowan Smith was one of five entrepreneurs selected to participate in the next cohort of JumpStart Inc.’s Core City Impact Program. According to Jumpstart’s website, the “12-week business assistance program is designed to drive economic impact in the city of Cleveland by helping individuals overcome obstacles to entrepreneurship through hands-on advising and industry-specific mentoring.” The…

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Getting our Babies to College 101

Jowan Smith wants to help parents, particularly those of low-income students, through the stress of getting their children to college by beginning to explore timelines, budgeting and other information in the eighth grade. Her pitch at Accelerate 2017 earned her $2,000 to help launch her project. Since the event, Jowan has launced a website that…

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STEMpower: Empowering STEM-based careers

Jackie Adams wants to facilitating awareness and educational opportunities to improve the culture for all people pursuing STEM-based careers. She pitched her vision to launch a scholarship competition a Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to raise awareness about the struggles of women in engineering culture at Accelerate 2016. Shortly after the event, Jackie began working…

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Passion Grants

KC McKenna wants to motivate¬†young people to discover what fires them up! He pitched his Passion Grant Explorers program that pairs youth with expert mentors and essential funding to engage them in experiences that will shape their futures at Accelerate 2016. Since the event in February 2016, he has developed an Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship…

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KinderKits

As a kindergarten teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ben Colas was surprised that the vast majority of children entering his classroom were unprepared for school, and knowing that those who enter behind, stay behind, he was inspired to change that. He pitched his idea for KinderKits, an engaging module for parents to effectively…

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