Pitch Challenge for Teens

Do you teach or work with high school students in the greater Cleveland area? If so, the Young Entrepreneur Institute has a great opportunity for your students to showcase their dedication to civic engagement.

Teen Accelerate: Student Citizens Make Change is a pitch challenge competition for high school students looking to increase their civic engagement by submitting and implementing an initiative that will impact the greater Cleveland area.


  • The top winner will earn $1,000 plus a mentor from a partner organization to help them launch or expand their idea.
  • The Runner-up earns $500
  • All finalists who pitch on Feb. 23 will win $250

The Teen Accelerate Winner will be announced on February 23, 2023, during the Accelerate Final Program.

The deadline to apply is January 19, 2023.

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