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 […]

Bounce Strengthens Program for Black Entrepreneurs

(pictured left to right, Dr. Constance Peek-Longmire, Lucas Tindell and Da’Shika Street) AKRON, Ohio (March 23, 2022) – Bounce Innovation Hub announces that it has hired three business owners and advisors to serve as the organization’s first entrepreneurs in residence (EIRs) working with clients in the Next Level Business Incubator, part of the GROW program […]

MORTAR winners talk success, challenges

Five women entrepreneurs share their successes and challenges

In celebration of Black History Month, we spoke with five of our MORTAR at Bounce “Life’s a Pitch” competition winners – who also happen to all be Black women. We learned what motivates them and if they have any advice for others trying to start their own business. Jacqueline Achadu, owner of Hunny Bunny’s Confections, […]

CEO Doug Weintraub on growth, success

As chief executive officer of Bounce Innovation Hub, Doug Weintraub has a passion for helping new businesses succeed. He also knows what it’s like to be in their shoes, having started several companies of his own. “I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. I’ve started, ran and successfully sold some companies, while also investing in or managing […]

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 […]