Teen Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shops

Teen Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shops

Tory Coats

2018 Winner
Economic & Workforce Development category
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Keep up to date with the Teen Enterprise and the Dare 2 Believe Young Entrepreneur Pop Up Shops on their website, and by following them on Facebook and Instagram.


October 10, 2019

Since winning Accelerate, Teen Enterprise continues to host Dare 2 Believe Young Entrepreneur Pop Up Shops in undeserved communities through Cleveland.

In 2019, Teen Enterprise in partnership with the City of Cleveland Recreation Department and Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CTAG program) launched 2 programs teaching the fundamentals of entrepreneurship to over 50 youth from both the Glenville and Central Neighborhoods. Teen Enterprise and our partners hosts Dare 2 Accelerate Youth Elevator Pitch Competition providing seed funding for young entrepreneurs.

Also, Teen Enterprise also launched our Dare 2 Believe Global Entrepreneurship Initiative serving and teaching young entrepreneurs abroad in early 2019. Their next Dare 2 Accelerate Teen Pitch Competition will be held on Thursday, November 7th followed a Young Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, November 30th.

Tory and his young entrepreneurs will once again be showcasing their wares and services at Accelerate on February 26, 2020.


October 22, 2018

Tory Coats announced a new Teen Entrepreneurship initiative. In partnership with the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation, Teen Enterprise will be traveling to Honduras – one of the world’s poorest countries – to teach entrepreneurship to Honduran teens and provide humanitarian aid.

Learn more >


September 8, 2018

Teen Enterprise hosted their Dare 2 Believe Pop Up shop on Saturday, September 8 in a vacant Fleet Avenue storefront in Slavic Village. Entrepreneurs Jalen Flowers, Josette Stewart, Ramone Hardy, and Joshua Johnson sold their good and services (T-shirts, headbands, photography/videography, and art). Cleveland.com was on hand – Read their coverage>

Tory also created a video of the event >


August 26, 2018

Tory shared his story of how he came up with his Teen Enterprise concept as a guest columnist on cleveland.comRead the story >


July 30, 2018

On July 30, a host of Cleveland teens were given the opportunity to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas for a chance to win seed money for their business idea at the Dare to Accelerate teen pitch competition.


March 16, 2018

Tory chatted about the “why” of his idea for teen entrepreneur pop-up shops during TV20’s recap of the Accelerate event.  See the full clip >


March 8, 2018

Cleveland 19 News interviewed Tory Coats about his winning Accelerate pitch. He spoke with reporter Sara Goldenberg about his plans to work with teens on creating pop-up shops to transform Cleveland neighborhoods and help them become entrepreneurs. See the story >


February 22, 2018

Tory joined finalists Keisha Johnson Chambers, Christopher Scott and Gina VanCant, along with last year’s winner Jeremy Langham, on WCPN 90.3. Hear the broadcast in its entirety > The Accelerate portion begins at 18:05. 


February 22, 2018

Cleveland.com highlighting Accelerate 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. See the full story >


February 22, 2018

In WKYC’s coverage of the Accelerate, Tory spoke about what winning the event meant to him and his cause. See the coverage >


February 21, 2018

Tory Coats won Accelerate 2018 for his idea to provide young entrepreneurs with business experience and the opportunity to sell products out of underutilized storefronts.