2022 Year in Review – Bounce

It’s always important for our team to reflect on the previous year’s highlights and accomplishments. 2022 brought new team members, clients, events and more to our organization and for that, we are extremely grateful! We have a lot to celebrate as we head into this year! Entrepreneurial programming and clients served Here at Bounce, our […]

2022 Year in Review – Technology

It’s no surprise that 2022 presented a challenging economy for businesses, including tech startups. Whether it was supply-chain issues, increased costs or cautious investors, many of our founders navigated the turbulence of last year to keep building for a brighter 2023. James Hilton, senior director of entrepreneurial services, said it was important for the founders […]

2022 Year in Review – GROW

Are you looking to start, build or grow a small business in the greater Akron area? GROW (Generating Real Opportunity and Wealth) might be for you. Our programs are open to non-technology small businesses and entrepreneurs with a focus on minorities and women. This past year, we served more than 120 clients through our three […]

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 […]

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 […]

Defining Enterprises CEO Dreams Big with Businesses

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. Celeste Brown is in our Next Level Business Incubator.  If you’ve flown anywhere in the past several years, you’ll be familiar with what looks like vending machines full of stuff like makeup, electronics […]

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 – […]

SonoStik Perfects the Art and Accuracy of IV Insertion

Did you know that the peripheral intravenous line stick is one of the most common procedures in hospitals today? Think about it. When you get fluids or medicines in the hospital, a PIV is inserted first. It’s estimated that more than 300 million peripheral intravenous catheters are sold annually in the United States. And at […]

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 […]