A Big Giving Tuesday Thank You from Bounce!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Giving Tuesday celebration on Nov. 30. Whether you attended our events or made a donation, or both, you’re supporting our work to help local entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Don’t forget, you can show your support for Bounce any day of the year. Visit www.bouncehub.org/donate to find out […]

2021 Retrospective and Future Goals

Can you believe Bounce will be in its fifth year in 2022? We’ve supported so many entrepreneurs this year through meaningful programming, and connections. We wanted to reflect on our biggest and proudest accomplishments this past year and our hopes for the new one. And if you’re still at a loss for gift-giving, we even […]

MORTAR winner wants to help single moms

(Don’t miss our full photo gallery below! Credit: Meghan Meeker) On November 30, eight entrepreneurs walked the stage at Bounce to graduate from our 15-week MORTAR at Bounce business accelerator program. Five of the grads also competed in the Life’s a Pitch! competition for $3,000. Helping Single Moms  Markia Sims, owner and founder of Zoe […]

Local Podcasting Network Provides Outlet for Akron’s Black Voices

Podcasting has become one of the most popular ways for individuals to share their passions. Whether discussing relationships, politics, sports or music, podcasting is everywhere. Currently, there are over two million podcasts and more than 48 million podcast episodes. This growing medium inspired Ace Epps, director of inclusive entrepreneurship at Bounce Innovation Hub, to develop […]

Incubator vs. accelerator: Which one is right for your tech startup?

Although every incubator and accelerator program may be different, they all share the same goal of helping new technology startups succeed. There are also key differences in each type of program and how they help entrepreneurs take their start-ups to the next level. How do you determine which program is right for you? When is […]

Startup Showcase Highlights Entrepreneurs, Programs

Bounce’s third-annual Startup Showcase brought Akron’s entrepreneurial community together again for a full day of speakers, workshops and presentations with a focus on highlighting the nonprofit’s programs and entrepreneurs. The day kicked off with a rousing talk from LinkedXL CEO Bill Taylor, a former Goodyear Tire executive and motivational speaker, followed by networking and a […]

Web developer, designer taking business to the next level

Jason Edwards has always had an entrepreneurial spirit – from cutting hair at the age of 13 to building websites on the side while working as a webmaster at ohio.com. Ten years ago, he left the security of his full-time job at ohio.com to focus on Shoo.In, his web development and graphic design company, which […]

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. […]

Member Spotlight: Angel Swanigan, Sexy SizeUp Boutique

Angel is the founder and owner of Sexy SizeUp Boutique, and also an inspirational speaker, spoken word poet, and all-around fascinating and impressive woman. Learn more about this amazing woman and her journey and be sure to spark up a conversation with her next time you’re in our Generator space.

MORTAR Pitch Winner is Maker of Artisanal Treats

On Aug. 3, seven entrepreneurs from MORTAR at Bounce cohort 4 graduated and competed in the Life’s a Pitch competition for $3,000. Everyone truly raised the bar and delivered incredible pitches. In the end, congratulations goes to Jacqueline Achadu from Hunny Bunnys Confections. Congratulations are also in order for Lori Julien of Marigold Sol who […]