Startup Showcase: NelDerm

Startup Showcase 2020: NelDerm NelDerm is a technology incubator company and a Bounce tenant. Founder and CEO Kevin Nelson started NelDerm when he was in high school! NelDerm makes hydrogel dressings to treat sensitive or fragile skin. It can be easily applied, adjusted and removed without pain or injury. The company experienced huge growth this […]

Congratulations to Inaugural MORTAR at Bounce Cohort

Akron, Ohio (Sept. 23, 2020) – Congratulations to the first MORTAR at Bounce graduation class. Thirteen entrepreneurs received their certificates on Sept. 23 at Bounce in a socially distanced, virtual event. Tanya Green, owner of Julia Belle’s Seasonings, Rubs and Mixes was the winner of the Life’s A Pitch pitch contest taking home a $3,000 […]

Bounce Innovation Hub pivots programs to virtual world, makes PPE for local hospitals

By Sue Walton, Crain’s Akron BusinessApril 21, 2020Link to story While Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub has been closed to the public for weeks, it’s been anything but quiet. The business incubator and accelerator hasn’t skipped much of a beat in terms of its programs, with most companies and advisers meeting online. Plus, the incubator’s workshop and makerspace […]

Inaugural Aspiring Entrepreneur Program Grad Night a Success

Photo Gallery – click here On Dec. 12, more than 75 people gathered to celebrate Akron’s newest entrepreneurs, while honoring some of Akron’s finest at the inaugural Aspiring Entrepreneur Program Graduation Night. The Aspiring Entrepreneur program is a 10-week program that focuses on learning. Participants leave with a validated business idea, an action plan and […]

Inaugural Startup Showcase a Success

Photo Gallery – click here On Nov. 14, Bounce held its inaugural Startup Showcase where 15 companies from each of Bounce’s entrepreneurial programs were represented. Eight startups pitched to the audience of more than 100 community members, as well as potential investors and customers.  The companies represent Bounce’s Technology Incubator program, Software Accelerator program, the MAGNET Iterator program […]

Bounce company Komae elevates region with successful exit

Congratulations to Komae – Babysitting Co-op App, who recently announced a successful exit through acquisition to LA-based competitor Wana Family Network – Babysitting Exchange, founded by Erin Beck. Komae founders Audrey Wallace and Amy Husted will be staying on as advisors to Erin. Together, the team will continue to bring cooperative care to the masses. […]

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 […]