Accelerate 2017: Citizens Make Change

Event - 2017

CLC’s annual Accelerate event is an opportunity for every individual in Cleveland to share and act on a personal vision to change our region. Individual community members are invited to submit compelling, innovative and even wild pitch ideas for one-and-done projects or sustainable, ongoing efforts that make NE Ohio a better place. Pitches are made in one of five broad categories: 1. Quality of Life 2. Economic Development 3. Educating for Tomorrow 4. Community Change 5. Transformative Arts and Culture At the event, five pitches in each category are presented before small audiences and panels of judges drawn from community leaders. Judges select one finalist in each category. The finalists make their pitches before a combined audience, which vote on the overall winner. Winners receive seed funding to help bring their vision to reality, but all pitched ideas may find a champion among the crowd to help them take flight.

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