Reflections from Black Tech Week

Ace Epps, director of inclusive entrepreneurship at Bounce, attended the 2022 Black Tech Week in Cincinnati, OH in late summer. Black Tech Week serves tech professionals and enthusiasts, funders, allies, and all members of the global Black tech community.  Black Tech Week was founded by Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson in Miami in 2016 and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Member Spotlight: Barbara Parker, Owner, BF Empowerment Center

Bounce-Barbara Parker-BF Empowerment Center

This month, we sat down with Barbara Parker, owner of BF Empowerment Center to discuss her business and what working at Bounce means to her. Barbara rents office space for her company on the first floor in the Generator. BF Empowerment Center is focused on creating systemic change and serves all 88 counties in Ohio […]

Women’s History Month

As we close out March, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on and honor women’s contributions to our history during Women’s History Month. It wasn’t that long ago that our rights and our stories went unnoticed despite our achievements and our leadership.   Did you know that until 1988 women entrepreneurs couldn’t get […]

Bounce Announces New Board Chair, Director Changes

AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2022) –  Bounce Innovation Hub announces several changes to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1. Hans Dorfi, senior vice president of engineering at Bridgestone Americas, has been named chair after serving as a member for two years. Dorfi replaces founding chairperson, Deborah Hoover, president and CEO of the Burton D. […]

2021 Year in Review – Bounce

(Pictured above left to right: Selina Garcia and Molly Carpenter during Bounce’s annual Startup Showcase) It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new starts and new goals. But before we get too far into 2022, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the accomplishments and significant events of 2021.  It was a challenging […]

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 to find out […]

Bounce Innovation Hub to Host Open House Nov. 30

Free Co-working, Guided Tours and Live Pitch Competition Bounce Innovation Hub invites the public to a free open house on Tues., Nov. 30, also known as #GivingTuesday, a global celebration of the power of giving back to build better communities (  “As a community-driven, open innovation hub, we are looking forward to showcasing our unique […]