AKRON, Ohio, (April 16, 2019) – Bounce Innovation Hub will host a free, public celebration to commemorate the opening of its newly renovated first-floor Generator space, on Wed., May 22, located at 526 S. Main St. in downtown Akron. Activities throughout the day are planned to showcase the new space, programs and amenities, as well as current startups in residence.
The 27,000 square foot space houses coworking, rentable office and event space; a makerspace; esports lab and the Remarkable Café and Coffee Shop. Available for public use, the Generator space is ideal for entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers, remote workers, corporate teams, gamers, artists and makers. It is a modern, industrial space that captures the spirit of Akron’s past and present, designed and accented with locally made materials, artwork, furniture and furnishings.
“This grand opening and open house is our chance to show not just Akron, but all of northeast Ohio and beyond, what Bounce has to offer our community,” said CEO Doug Weintraub. “Until now, Bounce (and formerly the Akron Global Business Accelerator) was restricted by our funding to serve a very specific type of technology-based company through our incubator and accelerator programs. The first floor allows us to throw open our doors to entrepreneurs and community members in all industries from all walks of life.”
Activities will kick off at 8 a.m. and will culminate in the Grand Opening and Open House main event from 4-8 p.m. Registration for each activity is now open at https://bouncehub.org/grand-opening/. Schedule for the day is as follows:
8-9:30 a.m. Morning yoga with Yoga Squared; also includes refreshments and tour of first floor. Registration required.
11 a.m.-noon Office Hours – One-on-one meetings with business experts in a variety of specializations. Each attendee will get three, 20-minute appointments. Also includes a tour of the first floor. Registration required.
4-8 p.m. Official Grand Opening and Open House – The main event starts with a welcome in the Signal Tree event space and then continues with a series of rolling activities for guests. This includes tours of the first floor; a building-wide open house featuring Bounce’s current companies on floors 2-9; hands-on experiences and demos in the esports lab and makerspace; DIY “Make and Take” activities with Crafty Mart; and a social media scavenger hunt featuring the local art and design pieces installed on the first floor. Registration appreciated.
6-7 p.m. Demo Day – Five software companies in our accelerator programs pitch to a live audience for investment. Location is the Signal Tree event space. No registration is necessary.
For event details and registration, visit: https://bouncehub.org/grand-opening/
Located at 526 S. Main St., Bounce Innovation Hub is the region’s first open innovation hub serving Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. Bounce encourages open collaboration among diverse groups through unique opportunities, programs and events that engage anyone and everyone with a mind for innovation. Visit www.bouncehub.org for more information.
Black, chief marketing officer