Ignite! Impact Awards
Launched in 2019, the Ignite! Impact Awards were created to amplify the voices of those traditionally under-represented in the entrepreneurship world, and provide them with tools and resources that will set them up for future success.
What Do Ignite! Impact Award Winners Receive?
1. A cash or in-kind (typically toward space rental in IngenuityLabs) micro-grant of up to $500 which can be used towards project(s) that impact others, or advance and unlock opportunities for growth
2. Consulting time with Ingenuity team members who can provide guidance and direction towards growing your business - this includes a 1 hour introductory discussion, 1 hour session with us or a specialized consultant from our network, and a 1 hour "planning for the future" session.
3. An opportunity to pursue fiscal agency for projects, subject to the review and approval of Ingenuity
4. A marketing package that includes opportunities to exhibit at IngeniutyFest, the Ingenuity Bal and other Ingenuity-sponsored events, social media, e-newsletter spotlights, and more
Myra Rosario, Latino Cleveland
Founder of Latino Cleveland, Myra has worked tirelessly to give a voice to entrepreneurs and creatives in the Latino Community. Her Impact Award allowed for weekly web shows which support the growth of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic community, bridge the gap between the Hispanic and Non-Hispanics, and fulfill the need for innovative bilingual Hispanic-centered media.
Kenny Perdue, RollinBuckeyez
Known for his pop-up roller rinks, RollinBuckeyez nonprofit goes far beyond skates and helmets. Kenny creates and provides space that encourages diverse, inter-generational community-building, uninhibited artistic expression, and healthier lifestyle choices. His impact award will enable him to continue to build on this mission and reach further into the communities around us.
Malaz Elgemiabby, Habobba
Inspired by her late grandmother's legacy, Malaz is converting a campervan into a mobile storytelling studio, called Habboba. Habboba is a vehicle (literally!) for transformation to our communities, and a safe space to learn about and from each other. Habobba's first stop is "Salam" which means "peace" in Arabic. The goal of this series is to engage the Sudanese communities in Cleveland in a dialogue about peace and what it means to them.
Jaered Andrews, Artists in Recovery (AIR216)
Ben Smith - Splice-Cream Truck
An Ice cream truck with a fully analog recording studio, splicing communities together through stories, music, and of course, Ice cream!
Chardonnay Graham, Touch Cleveland
Chardonnay Graham is founder of Touch Cleveland, a full service marketing and PR strategy firm that uses their network and knowledge to help entrepreneurs, especially entrepreneurs of color, overcome marketing obstacles and gain knowledge of valuable resources. The Ignite! Impact Award will support Touch's Unspoken series, a no-nonsense look at challenges, opportunities, and honest conversations among entrepreneurs.
Meganne Stepka - 48 Hour Virtual Music Festival
Cleveland's 48 Hour Virtual Music Fest began as an online event created to give local performers an opportunity to continue their profession, while also benefitting programs and charities in need of financial support during the early days of pandemic uncertainty. Now in its eleventh month, the festival has become a focal point of pandemic performance and generosity recognized not only across northeast Ohio, but reaching across the country and even globally.
Matt Tyrrell of Have a Happy Today Produces Ingenuity Presents
Matt Tyrrell, a video content producer, is working in partnership with us to create monthly Ingenuity Presents videos. These videos highlight programs and important initiatives that Ingenuity is spearheading. For example in summer 2020, Matt had the opportunity to speak with artists working for a change in our community. Check out some of the content by visiting our facebook page!
Arron Bound - No Numbers
Artist and photographer Arron Bound, also known as No Numbers, is working on a number of projects in partnership with Ingenuity Cleveland. From community-building initiatives focused on racial equity and inclusion, to artistic installations, Arron has been instrumental in project managing efforts in Cleveland's creative community.
Apply or Nominate Someone!
2021 Update: In light of the political and health events that occurred in 2020, we have expanded our Ignite! Impact Award program to focus on the following key aspects of community recovery and healing:
- Solutions focused on immediate COVID-19 relief.
- Solutions focused on long-term COVID-19 recovery, community resiliency, and connectivity.
- Strategies that improve digital access and digital equity
- Socially-distanced interventions that uplift and enliven
- Solutions and conversations centered on social and racial justice, equity, and police-community relations.
Immediate cash & consulting assistance is available and recipients will be notified with acceptance or deferral within two weeks of application. Successful applications will leverage resources to support a network beyond the applicant.*
Examples of COVID-19 relief could include (but are not limited to): strategies to improve digital access to arts & culture and enhancing long-term networks and resources for community resiliency.
Equity & Justice Solution examples could include (but are not limited to): creating spaces for community dialogue which reach across social and cultural boundaries; expressing messages of hope, healing and change that amplify voices of those who are most impacted; providing immediate support to marginalized communities through creative, entrepreneurial or artistic solutions
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