For Akron Ascent Innovation, “sticking” to big ideas helps them grow and succeed

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AAI, a Bounce incubator company located on the eighth floor, emerged from The University of Akron, is now selling its one-of-a-kind dry adhesive products, under the name ShearGrip, on a newly launched website.ShearGrip products allow users to secure and reposition prints, pictures and posters on various surfaces – without dealing with the stickiness that comes with […]

Bounce Innovation Hub Launches New Product Development Accelerator; First Cohort Begins Jan. 14

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AKRON, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2019) – Bounce Innovation Hub announced today that its inaugural product development accelerator cohort will begin Jan. 14 and will feature five northeast Ohio startups. The four-month-long program helps early-stage software startups build and refine their minimum viable product (MVP), and prepares them for launch of their product at the end […]

Akron-based, $20-Million Venture Capital Fund Aims to Increase Regional Growth and Opportunity

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      Akron, Ohio (Dec. 11, 2018) – Bounce Innovation Hub,  Acquire Investments and JumpStart Inc. announce the launch of Fusion Fund, a $20-million, for-profit venture capital fund aimed at growing companies in and around Ohio, with a focus on fostering opportunity for the Akron region. “The Fusion Fund is the biggest, single fund to […]

Bounce Innovation Hub and FairlawnGig partner to bring high-speed internet service to Bounce

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AKRON, Ohio (Dec. 5, 2018) – Bounce Innovation Hub and FairlawnGig are partnering to bring single sign-on, high-speed, fiber-optic service to Bounce (https://bouncehub.org/)  and its companies. FairlawnGig (https://www.fairlawngig.net/) is a municipal broadband utility and internet provider that is delivering a 10-gigabit connection throughout the 300,000 sq. ft. Bounce building that houses more than 50 companies and support organizations. FairlawnGig’s dedicated […]

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Startups through Targeted Programming

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By Christopher Mazziotto, director of entrepreneurial services for Bounce As Bounce’s first director of entrepreneurial services, I am excited to bring my experience with and passion for entrepreneurship to the team. I love working with companies that are experimenting with new ideas in the market, that change strategic direction quickly, and can adopt new technology or […]

Three Things I’ve Learned from Working in Akron’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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By EbaNee Bond, program coordinator for Bounce As the program coordinator for Bounce Innovation Hub, I have met countless entrepreneurs, inventors, makers and innovators. Working with these individuals and planning programs has allowed me to gain a lot of insight into the entrepreneurship world – and I am pretty excited about what I have seen […]

Validation for Northeast Ohio: We’re doing better than they say we are

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By Jessica Sublett, chief executive officer of Bounce Innovation Hub  From July 11-13, Bounce CEO Doug Weintraub and I had the privilege of attending this year’s Kauffman Foundation ESHIP Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. (You don’t have to ask, I definitely tried the burnt ends.) The ESHIP Summit brings together entrepreneurial ecosystems builders – leaders […]

The New Faces of Bounce

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By Jessica Sublett, chief operating officer of Bounce Innovation Hub  It’s been a few months since I’ve written an update on Bounce – and boy, a lot has changed since January! We’ve hired a CEO, Doug Weintraub, who has been working nonstop on making Bounce THE place for innovation in Akron. We’ve also been moving […]

Innovation hub

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Resilient Akron places big bet on Bounce By Deborah Hoover, Bounce board chair and president and CEO of The Burton D. Morgan Foundation  “Innovation hub” was featured on April 26 in Smart Business Magazine  Akron is a city built on innovation. Even after many of the rubber companies left the area, entrepreneurs worked to create […]