The Northeast Ohio region abounds with smart, hard-working people with innovative ideas who are dedicated to building new businesses in Cleveland.  At The Plain Dealer and, we call them HomeGrown Heroes, and we want to celebrate them, along with our Homegrown Hero partners, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress and JumpStart Inc.

HomeGrown Heroes shine’s a light on the innovative spirit of our community by recognizing those who are making substantial contributions to the economic development of Cleveland. The award categories chosen this year play to the region’s strengths, such as medical innovation and academic research, and have brought a diverse group of nominees.

Award Categories:

  • Academic Research
  • Augmented Reality / Artificial Intelligence
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurs in Cleveland Neighborhoods
  • Entrepreneur under 30
  • Food & Beverage
  • Medical Innovation
  • Social Engagement/ Non-Profit
  • Women on the Rise


Celebrate the HomeGrown Hero Awards with us Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6-9PM at the SmART Space at 78th Street! Reserve your tickets here.