Accelerate 2018’s Tonia Porras on Golden Opportunities

Accelerate 2018 presenter Tonia Porras and event co-chair Ursula Cottone (LC 2017, CBB 2003) of Citizens Bank were on WKYC-TV‘s Golden Opportunities on Sunday, March 4, 2018. They chatted about the event and Tonia’s vision for a one-stop education and support resource for individuals with dementia, their caregivers and the community. See the show >

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FreshWater Cleveland calls Accelerate “pitch”-perfect

“More than 500 Clevelanders gathered for the fourth annual Accelerate event at downtown’s Global Center for Health Innovation—or what event co-chair Ursula Cottone calls a “civic ‘Shark Tank.’” Sponsored by Citizens Bank and orchestrated by Cleveland Leadership Center, the buzzy civic pitch competition featured 25 semi-finalists presenting bright ideas on how to accelerate Cleveland’s momentum.”   Read the full post…

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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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