Accelerate 2022 Pitch Competition

February 24, 2022

Accelerate is Cleveland Leadership Center’s high-energy annual civic pitch competition. This Shark Tank-style event gives individuals across Northeast Ohio the chance to win seed money to help launch their idea and make the region a better place. 

Sponsored by Citizens Bank, Accelerate 2022 will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2022. But the excitement begins months earlier.  From November 1 to December 3, 2021, anyone with an idea to improve the Greater Cleveland community can submit a pitch application addressing a pitch category that focuses on a specific topic.  An independent panel of reviewers selects five proposals from distinct categories to pitch at the event. The applicants present their ideas at the event to a panel of community leaders. They judge and choose one finalist in each category.  The six finalists pitch again to the full audience, which votes on the winning pitch.

The winner receives $5,000, and the remaining five finalists each receive $2,000 to put toward their ideas.

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