Bounce Innovation Hub Community Report 2021

Bounce Innovation Hub has issued its inaugural community and economic impact report for the fiscal years 2018-2020.
May 17, 2021
AKRON, OHIO (May 17, 2021) — Bounce Innovation Hub is thrilled to celebrate the success of
its programs with new data included in the organization’s first community and economic impact

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In the community impact section of the report, data showed Bounce served a community of
nearly 500 members and hosted more than 20,000 visitors in 2018-2020. At the end of 2020,
Bounce client companies accounted for 364 jobs (with 221 created during that time) and 45
coworkers in its co-working space.
The economic side of the report shows that from 2018 to 2020, Bounce program participants
generated over $110 million in revenue, raised over $23 million in investments, and paid over
$50 million in payroll. Its GROW programs (including MORTAR at Bounce) had more than 150
participants. See the full report here.
MORTAR at Bounce, which serves entrepreneurs and small businesses with a focus on
minorities and women, is a 15-week business accelerator that helps existing and emerging
entrepreneurs learn the nuances of business ownership and build a comprehensive business
The program, focusing on minorities and women, is open to any entrepreneur or small business
Announced today, its MORTAR Cohort 4 class includes 12 business owners:
● Jacqueline Achadu, Hunny Bunnys Confections
● Alisha Anderson, 3 Eleven Productions
● Delone Carter, GetGritFit
● Kiana Davis, All4U Alkaline Healing LLC
● Savannah Griggs, Sweet and Savvy LLC
● Grace Irvin-Dillard, Touched by Grace Body Care
● Peter James, Rubber City Gardens
● Micah Jefferson, Mells Million-Dollar Mindset
● Denise Jenkins, Rubber City Sweet Shop
● Lori Julien, Marigold Sol
● Sharon Shepherd-Harvey, Simpli Skyn
● Rachel Spiteri, Kaleidoscopology
“Our team and Board of Directors are thrilled with the outcomes from our first economic and
community impact report,” states Doug Weintraub, CEO of Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub. “This
report gives us the quantitative data to reflect what we know to be true about the impact our
Bounce community is having on the larger Northeast Ohio community—and we’re only just
beginning. To our visitors, tenants, supporters and friends, thank you for continuing to believe in
our mission and supporting our collaborative entrepreneurs.”
As this class begins, applications for MORTAR Cohort 5 have opened, and community members
can apply for classes that begin on Aug. 24, 2021, by visiting
MORTAR at Bounce is funded and presented in partnership with GAR Foundation, Burton D.
Morgan Foundation, the City of Akron and Rubber City Match, and the Greater Akron Chamber.

Jeanine Black, chief marketing officer,
About Bounce: 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