White Glove Cleaning Provides a Personal Touch

While attending The University of Akron with plans to become a sports medicine physician, LaQuata Williams took an elective course in entrepreneurship, where she created White Glove Cleaning Solutions as part of a class assignment. Fast forward to now and you’ll find Williams headquartered at Bounce Innovation Hub. A Next Level Incubator client, White Glove […]

RustBit Studio’s debut video game a success at Midwest conference

[ From left is Patrick Howard, CEO; Michael Wilder, CTO and lead programmer; and Lexy Alfman, lead artist. Not pictured is Ben Kanelos, lead game designer] Thanks to a successful show at this year’s GDEX Expo in Columbus, Bounce Software Accelerator company RustBit Studio is one step closer in the development of their debut game, The […]

Bounce startup joins global accelerator

Bounce technology incubator company O2 RegenTech has been accepted into the July 2021 cohort of the Newchip Startup Accelerator. O2 RegenTech is a medical device startup that specializes in cost-effective, easy-to-use wound care solutions. Their primary product, OXAID™, is an oxygenating, moist, antimicrobial dressing to promote healing of chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. […]

OY-L graduates from Bounce Incubator; launching apothecary in Hudson

Andrea Pierce-Naymon, founder of OY-L Skincare, started making all-natural skincare products in her kids’ former playroom. After 5 1/2 years in the Bounce Incubator, she’s moving her business to Hudson where she’ll have more space to make her products, as well as a storefront inspired by Rose Apothecary from the TV show, Schitt’s  Creek. Pierce-Naymon’s […]

Bounce startups use innovation to improve water quality

Two water technology companies that started in Akron are helping to ensure the safety of billions of gallons of drinking water across the U.S. and around the world. “The city of Akron, along with the entire state of Ohio, are innovators in water technology,” said Mark Van Asten, the Australian-based founder of Phytoxigene, which has […]

Local entrepreneur turns love of ice cream into new business

Denise Williams is a graduate of the third cohort of the MORTAR at Bounce program. MORTAR is a 15-week business accelerator. At the end of the 15 weeks, participants graduate and pitch for $3,000. Denise graduated in April and was the winner of the Bounce Life’s a Pitch competition on April 20. (https://bouncehub.org/2021/04/21/plant-based-ice-cream-entrepreneur-wins-mortar-pitch-competition/)   Anyone […]

Local music store continues to keep the beat

When Victor and Norma Heard began dating in the 1980s, a typical date night for them was to visit one of their favorite local record stores. Now nearly 30 years since they opened their own store, 2Live Music, in September 1991, they’ve evolved with the times to stay relevant and attract a new generation of […]

Lessons learned from Bounce’s female tech entrepreneurs

Did you know that many of Bounce’s tech founders are women? In fact, we are seeing more women in tech fields doing their own thing – here at Bounce and around the world – than ever before.  To that, we recently talked to several of them to discuss how they’ve leveraged their strengths, overcame challenges […]

Plant-based ice cream entrepreneur wins MORTAR pitch competition

Denise Williams, owner and founder of Diva De La Creme plant-based ice cream company, was the big winner at the MORTAR at Bounce Life’s a Pitch event on April 20. Our finalists presented their pitches to five judges in pursuit of a $3,000 business grant. The pitch competition and graduation ceremony was held in person […]

Best friends turn passion into booming clothing line

A familiar piece of advice for entrepreneurs is to never go into business with friends, but Shawn Coss and Mike Nemitz have proven that old adage wrong. Their company, Any Means Necessary, is a Bounce incubator company that sells t-shirts and other merchandise emblazoned with Coss’ artwork. Over the last eight years, they’ve incrementally grown […]