Time2Talk helps language learning

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marina Jackman met her husband, Chris, while earning a master’s degree in international politics and journalism in Barcelona, Spain. As the couple prepared for a move to France, they visited there to take an extensive, five-week-long course in French. This immersive experience allowed them to constantly apply everything they […]

Bounce Guide: Black-owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Black-owned businesses across the country are booming and on the rise. Below we spotlight some of our current and former clients doing amazing things in the community. Show your support for these local, Black-owned businesses by following them on your social channels, purchasing a product or sharing within your network! 1474 Art Owner: Sekoya Kendrick […]

Bounce CEO Jessica Sublett shares insight as she sets a course for the future

As an undergraduate student at the University of Findlay, Jessica Sublett, Bounce Innovation Hub’s new chief executive officer, majored in both business and equestrian studies. While training and showing horses may seem like an unlikely pathway for a future CEO, her mastery of Excel, detailed process planning and organizational skills showed she was destined to […]

CEO Doug Weintraub retires, Jessica Sublett to lead Bounce

On Dec. 31, Bounce Innovation Hub’s first chief executive officer, Doug Weintraub, will retire after serving the organization for five years. Current chief operating officer Jessica Sublett will succeed him. As CEO, Weintraub has been passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. He also knows what it’s like to be in their shoes, having started several companies […]

Amid economic uncertainty, tech startups must refocus

Rising interest rates combined with increasing costs and a post-pandemic economy have challenged all businesses – often in new or unexpected ways. As investors become more cautious during these uncertain times, what does it mean for tech startups looking to raise capital? And how can these founders position their companies to attract the interest – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Akron Tech Startup is Helping Building and Facilities Teams Get a “TonDone”

Matthew Crowley and Bill Wichert, co-founders of TonDone, met while attending Case Western Reserve University and decided to work together managing technology for Cleveland Hopkins and Philadelphia International airports. Their knowledge and experience in the aviation industry sparked the idea to develop software for airport operations, which they set out to do in May 2020. […]

Discover Next Level 2.0

(pictured left to right, Dr. Constance Peek-Longmire, Asha Zayn, Lucas Tindell and Da’Shika Street) Earlier this month, Bounce announced a revamped and expanded program for Black entrepreneurs who want to scale their established businesses. The Next Level Business Incubator, founded in 2019 by Ace Epps, Bounce’s director of inclusive entrepreneurship, includes several additional benefits and […]