Member Spotlight: Néna Roy, Executive Director, Akron Promise

This month, we sat down with Néna Roy, executive director of Akron Promise to discuss her organization and what working at Bounce means to her. Néna rents a reserved desk on the first floor in the Generator. Akron Promise facilitates connections, scholarships and enrichment activities to improve education opportunities in Akron. This can include activities […]

Sunshine Senior Staffing Agency Brings Sunshine to Senior Adults

The GROW program at Bounce supports both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs as they bring their ideas to life. The program focuses on minorities and women. Terressa Dixon-Pickett is a graduate of the sixth cohort of the MORTAR at Bounce program, our 15-week business accelerator. Currently, she is in our Next Level Business Incubator.  From an […]

Tech Spotlight: MyHouseCall, Michael Cole, co-founder, COO

Have you ever been frustrated by how long it takes to get into an office to see a doctor, especially when you need your medical issues resolved quickly? Because of this frustration, patients often end up in urgent care or the emergency room, resulting in even higher medical bills. Bounce software accelerator client MyHouseCall wants […]

Celebrating the Beauty of Cultural Diversity is the Essence of Bereka Coffee


In Ethiopia, coffee is central to the country’s culture, fostering friendships and a spirit of community. By sharing her homeland’s coffee culture through Bereka Coffee, founder Nardos Street has also found a vibrant community at Bounce Innovation Hub. Street is a graduate of the MORTAR at Bounce program, a 15-week accelerator focused on minority- and […]

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Joy

Bounce-Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Joy

Even though the official Juneteenth holiday is now behind us for 2022, the work is not; it continues every day. Thank you to Bounce program manager, Asha Zayn, for sharing their thoughts about the holiday, its history and its meaning to Black Americans. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston Bay, Texas, approximately 2,000 Black Union […]

Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Farming at Bounce

Bounce Innovation Hub-Vigeo Gardens

On the third floor of Bounce Innovation Hub, located in a former tire manufacturing plant building, is a thriving model of responsible and sustainable farming that is producing about 550 pounds of lettuce, herbs and microgreens each day. Vigeo Gardens is an indoor agricultural business started by two friends, Vincent Peterson and Jacob Craine. The […]

TECH Spotlight: Global Health Metrics, Éamon Johnson, CEO

Bounce Innovation Hub - Global Health Metrics

How many times have you filled out a questionnaire at a doctor’s office or emergency room? Many of these questionnaires about your medical history, emotional and physical health and lifestyle behaviors are health risk assessments, designed to help individuals and medical professionals monitor health status over time.   Bounce software accelerator client Global Health Metrics […]

Ecosystem Connections Benefit Small Businesses

MORTAR at Bounce is a 15-week small business accelerator that helps established entrepreneurs take a deeper dive into the nuances of business ownership. It focuses on serving minority- and women-owned businesses. An entrepreneurial ecosystem is invaluable to anyone starting a business. Between various partners, including many right here in Greater Akron, entrepreneurs can find inspiration, […]

CEO Doug Weintraub to retire; COO Jessica Sublett named successor

Akron, Ohio (May 4, 2022): Bounce Innovation Hub has announced that Douglas Weintraub, chief executive officer, will retire at the end of 2022. The board of directors has appointed Jessica Sublett, chief operating officer, to succeed Weintraub as CEO on Jan. 1, 2023. “On behalf of the board of directors and the Bounce team, clients […]