How Can Bounce Help Me?

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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 […]

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 […]

Stopping the Glorification of Busy

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By Jessica Sublett, Bounce chief operating officer  Since January, I have been asked weekly, “How are things at Bounce!?” And, for months now, I’ve been watching myself respond to nearly every inquiry (cringing each time I do) with, “Busy.” Isn’t that the worst? “Busy.”  A response that is meaningless, vapid and void. Yet sometimes, it’s […]

Get Ready for FUEL Akron

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By James Hilton – Mentor at The Bit Factory  We are exactly one week away from our third annual FUEL Akron competition, taking place on Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-9 p.m. here at Bounce Innovation Hub. If you haven’t been, FUEL is a “shark-tank” style event where software startup founders pitch and live negotiate for investment […]

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 Entrepreneurial Mindset

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By Amy Wong, president of Dot Org Solutions Amy Wong is an entrepreneur whose company, Dot Org Solutions, resides on the seventh floor of Bounce. During her time as a professional and eventual business founder, Amy has learned that you don’t necessarily have to be an entrepreneur to have an entrepreneurial mindset. It seems that, […]