Accelerate 2017 presenter wins Core City: Cleveland pitch competition

Steph Buda, Founder of The Kids of 216 and Accelerate 2017 presenter, took home the $2,500 grand prize at Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition. The competition supports 10 entrepreneurs that live or own a business in the city of Cleveland during our third annual Core City: Cleveland Pitch Competition. From first timers to seasoned veterans, each…

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Cleveland Codes becomes National Model

When Matt Fieldman pitched, and won, for his software bootcamp idea at Accelerate 2015, he had no idea the idea would take off the way it has. Not only is the program a full-fledged academy within Tri-C helping dozens of low-income individuals gain the skills and connections for sustainable, fruitful software careers each year, Cleveland Codes recently…

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Accelerate presenters collaborate for greater impact

Stephanie Buda of The Kids of 216 and Ali Lukacsy-Love of Give Box Cleveland, both who pitched their ideas at Accelerate, are working together to create the prototype for the many Little Free Pantries that will debut in Cleveland this summer! 11 OSHA-certified Youth Opportunities Unlimited of Cleveland, Ohio employees will build the boxes this June, but anyone can help…

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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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