Urban Watershed Regatta

Urban Watershed Regatta Ebony Hood 2017 Winner Quality of Life category 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…

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Memory Mat

Memory Mat Ava Alexandra Thomas 2017 Finalist Quality of Life category 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…

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Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait

Bus Stop Moves: Exercise While You Wait Allison Lukacsy-Love 2015 Finalist Quality of Life category Presented in partnership with: 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…

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Ohio City Clean Up and Green Up Day

Ohio City Clean Up and Green Up Day Steve Roberts 2015 Presenter Quality of Life category Steve Roberts pitched his idea for an Ohio City clean up day at Accelerate 2015. After the event, he worked with Ohio City, Inc. to organize a group of neighborhood volunteers to clean up Ohio City. Steve saw his…

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Clean Hands Means Quality of Life

Clean Hands Means Quality of Life Shanina Knighton 2015 Finalist Quality of Life category One out of every 25 patients obtains a healthcare-associated infection. Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infection. Shanina Knighton saw opportunity in those facts and pitched her idea for the first bedside patient-controlled hand sanitation dispenser at…

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