Accelerate applications due Monday!

Applications for Accelerate 2018: Citizens Make Change, presented in partnership with Citizens’ Bank, are open through December 4, 2017. Any individual in Northeast Ohio who has an idea to improve the community can submit an application. Twenty-five, five presenters in five categories, will be selected to pitch their idea at the event. The winner of each category wins…

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Urban Watershed Regatta

Ebony Hood pitched her idea for a youth regatta, complete with training and coaching, as a way to expose them to a new form of urban sport that is connected to the environment they live in at Accelerate 2017 Her idea came to fruition on August 10, 2017 with an event for K-12 students.

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Memory Mat

Ava Alexandra Thomas took home $2,000 as a runner-up at Accelerate 2017 for her Memory Mat idea – a personalized do-it-yourself place mat with pictures and phrases that act as memory cues for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia and serve as conversation starters for visitors and caregivers. With the Accelerate seed money, Ava purchased an extra…

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Re-establish Little League in the Lee-Harvard community

Wendell Fields pitched his idea to re-establishing the B-Buzz Little League Baseball at Accelerate 2016. The league provided a family atmosphere, safe place and lasting friendships and became a lifeline for many African-American males in the 1960s and 70s. After Accelerate, Wendell began registering students to play in the League’s opening day on May 28,…

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Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait

In 2015 Allison Lukacsy-Love launched “Bus Stop Moves,” an arts and health initiative collaboration with The MetroHealth Systems, GCRTA, and the Healthy Cleveland Initiative encouraging riders to exercise while they wait for public transit. In February 2016, she pitched her vision of wrapping bus shelters with exercise illustrations and motivational health tips to challenge the Cleveland…

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