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 […]

Medical device startup pays it forward by providing face shields to frontline staff

Shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kevin Nelson was busy building his customer base for an innovative wound care dressing he developed for very sensitive and fragile skin. His company, NelDerm, a Bounce incubator company, manufactures these dressings primarily for hospitals and long-term care facilities. While in a meeting with a chain of nursing homes […]

History of Black entrepreneurship inspires GROW program

For Black people living in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1950s, the prospects of work were limited, so many worked long, hot days in the cotton fields. One man, Cleve Mormon, had another idea – selling ice to those toiling under the hot sun. In solving this simple problem, Mormon became an unlikely – […]

Entrepreneur turns passion into growing artisanal food company

Tanya Green, who founded Julia Belles’ Seasonings in 2015, admits that she didn’t follow the usual path of starting a new business. “I had products and a customer base before I had business and marketing plans or a logo and product packaging,” she said. Green, who works full-time as a new product development researcher, has […]

MORTAR at Bounce Pitch Night and Graduation Concludes Second Cohort

On Nov. 17, Bounce celebrated the second MORTAR at Bounce graduation. Ten finalists also participated the “Life’s A Pitch” competition, where each had a chance to showcase what they learned over the 15-week program and walk away with a $3,000 business grant. We’d like to congratulate all of the graduates, and our winner of the […]

Startup Showcase: S4 Mobile Laboratories

Startup Showcase 2020: S4 Mobile Laboratories S4 Mobile Laboratories is a Bounce tenant and MAGNET Iterator client. S4 is truly one of Bounce’s more unique companies. They have developed mobile soil laboratories for use by non-scientists to map what’s underground in real time. Basically, their technology aids in projects such as finding the bodies of […]

Startup Showcase: 1body Athletics

Startup Showcase 2020: 1body Athletics 1body Athletics is an Aspiring Entrepreneur program graduate and incoming MORTAR participant. Aspiring Entrepreneur is the first phase is our GROW program series for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur and start a business. 1body Athletics is a performance training and event company offering elite training for young folks in […]

Startup Showcase: LoveSync

Startup Showcase 2020: LoveSync LoveSync is a software accelerator graduate and current incubator company. If you haven’t heard of LoveSync, you haven’t been paying attention! LoveSync is Bounce’s celebrity company having appeared on Shark Tank back in January and have had numerous recent articles written about them. They joined the Bounce software accelerator in February […]

Startup Showcase: Julia Belle’s Seasonings

Julia Belle’s Seasonings, Rubs and Mixes is a MORTAR at Bounce graduate. MORTAR is phase two of our GROW series of programs. It is for existing and emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses. Tanya Green has one of the best origin stories for her company, Julie Belle’s Seasonings that we’ve ever heard. We’ll let her tell […]