Give First

By James Hilton, Bounce startup advisor As an entrepreneur and one of Bounce’s startup advisors, I dedicate several hours a week to assisting entrepreneurs in our Software Accelerator. I don’t often get asked, but I do often ponder, why I’ve committed part of my time to helping other founders. Is it selfish for me? Does it drive […]

Working Together to Meet the Needs of Akron’s Entrepreneurs

By Ace Epps, Entrepreneur in Residence There is a quote that I am fond of by James Cash Penny, the founder of JC Penny. It is, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” As a creative individual, I believe that using an entrepreneurial mindset and working together is how […]

Countdown to Open

By Doug Weintraub, chief executive officer for Bounce It’s “Go” Time! As you are probably aware, May is a big month for Bounce Innovation Hub! Our Grand Opening and Open House is less than two weeks, on Wed., May 22 and all are invited. For more information and to register, visit For the past year, […]

Unific expands services and staff to accelerate growth

Unific, a leading provider of e-commerce marketing solutions for online businesses, is located on the sixth floor of Bounce. The six-year-old company has recently adapted its business model and grown its staff to meet customer needs and further its impact in a growing industry. As a result, they are experiencing substantial growth with new platform […]

Wanted at Bounce: People with Ideas

By Jess Melton, director of community and partnerships I have been involved in the northeast Ohio startup community for several years now—from helping launch TechPint, to building JumpStart’s Startup Scaleup event, growing the Industry Conference with the team at Product Collective and now serving as Bounce’s director of community and partnerships. One similarity in each […]

Consolidus builds on successful business and team

Founded in 2006 by Jeffrey “Jeff” Jones, Consolidus provides print and promotional materials through their online store, BrandItShop, while using a web-based platform, called SmartSites, to streamline their customers’ purchases of branded promotional materials, such as apparel, coffee cups and decals. Clients include hospitals, universities, corporations and nonprofits in more than 100 cities across the […]

Just (Another) Kid from Akron: Finding My Place Right Here

By Jeanine Black, chief marketing officer for Bounce When I graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1990 (yes, I know I’m dating myself, here), I wanted out – out of Tallmadge, out of Akron, out of northeast Ohio – and I didn’t plan on coming back. I decided (with all of my 18 years of […]

Exploring and expanding with New Territory

New Territory team pictured (from left to right): Alizeh Khalifa, marketing lead and customer success manager; Grace Myers, co-founder; and Bill Myers, founder. New Territory, an Akron-based startup, has always taken on new opportunities to grow. Founded in 2017, New Territory provides one-of-a-kind virtual and augmented reality and gaming experiences to customers all over the […]

How Can Bounce Help Me?

By Robbie Coon, program coordinator for Bounce  “How can Bounce help me?” I get this question a lot. I mean, A LOT. And for good reason! There is so much happening within Bounce right now that it is easy to be overwhelmed and even confused when you are looking in from the outside.  In my role […]

Collisions, connections and catalysts – Smart Business Magazine

By Doug Weintraub, Bounce chief executive officer  Understanding the role of an open innovation hub in today’s economy What is an open innovation hub? As CEO of Bounce Innovation Hub in Akron, I get this question often when I’m meeting with people and speaking to groups. A lot of folks probably think we are similar […]