Accelerate 2018 winner snags $5,000 in civic pitch competition

Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.

Written by Marcia Pledger.

Tory Coats won $5,000 at Accelerate 2018, getting one step closer to transforming his idea of giving young entrepreneurs opportunities to sell products out of under-utilized storefronts and vacant lots in the inner city.

“Typically when you think about what it means to be successful within our communities, it’s generally measured by how far away you can get from the community,” Coats said. “The Dare to Believe entrepreneurial pop-up shops are designed to reinforce that you can make it in the ‘hood.

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Originally published February 22, 2018.

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