Build on Solid Rock

On February 22, 2017, Stephanie Buda pitched her idea for renewing inner-city families by restoring homes for working families in neighborhoods where commercial and public buildings are being upgraded but homes are not. Since Accelerate, Stephanie moved forward with her dream – a summer school and youth employment program. The Kids of 216, launched in…

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MotherBoard: Connecting Opt-In Moms with Projects that Matter

Jessica Leary Allen had a vision for an online clearinghouse that matches mothers opting back into the professional workforce with transformational projects, filling gaps for nonprofits and developing a new pool of talent for our region. Jessica pitched her idea – MotherBoard – at Accelerate 2016. After winning the runner-up prize, Jessica Leary Allen brought her…

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Cleveland Codes: Bringing Software Development to Low-Income Populations

With over 500 openings for software developers and coders, Cleveland desperately needs more tech talent. At the same time, for-profit software boot camps have become all the rage. On February 25, 2015, Matt Fieldman pitched his idea to address this issue: Cleveland Codes. Through philanthropy and social enterprise, he wanted to bring long-term careers in…

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