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 […]

White Glove Cleaning Provides a Personal Touch

While attending The University of Akron with plans to become a sports medicine physician, LaQuata Williams took an elective course in entrepreneurship, where she created White Glove Cleaning Solutions as part of a class assignment. Fast forward to now and you’ll find Williams headquartered at Bounce Innovation Hub. A Next Level Incubator client, White Glove […]

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 […]

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 […]

OY-L graduates from Bounce Incubator; launching apothecary in Hudson

Andrea Pierce-Naymon, founder of OY-L Skincare, started making all-natural skincare products in her kids’ former playroom. After 5 1/2 years in the Bounce Incubator, she’s moving her business to Hudson where she’ll have more space to make her products, as well as a storefront inspired by Rose Apothecary from the TV show, Schitt’s  Creek. Pierce-Naymon’s […]

Bounce startups use innovation to improve water quality

Two water technology companies that started in Akron are helping to ensure the safety of billions of gallons of drinking water across the U.S. and around the world. “The city of Akron, along with the entire state of Ohio, are innovators in water technology,” said Mark Van Asten, the Australian-based founder of Phytoxigene, which has […]

Local music store continues to keep the beat

When Victor and Norma Heard began dating in the 1980s, a typical date night for them was to visit one of their favorite local record stores. Now nearly 30 years since they opened their own store, 2Live Music, in September 1991, they’ve evolved with the times to stay relevant and attract a new generation of […]

Lessons learned from Bounce’s female tech entrepreneurs

Did you know that many of Bounce’s tech founders are women? In fact, we are seeing more women in tech fields doing their own thing – here at Bounce and around the world – than ever before.  To that, we recently talked to several of them to discuss how they’ve leveraged their strengths, overcame challenges […]

Best friends turn passion into booming clothing line

A familiar piece of advice for entrepreneurs is to never go into business with friends, but Shawn Coss and Mike Nemitz have proven that old adage wrong. Their company, Any Means Necessary, is a Bounce incubator company that sells t-shirts and other merchandise emblazoned with Coss’ artwork. Over the last eight years, they’ve incrementally grown […]