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 […]

Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub starts year with executive leadership changes

AKRON, Ohio, (Feb. 2, 2023) – Bounce Innovation Hub is pleased to announce the following leadership changes, promotions and additions: Jessica Sublett officially took over as CEO on Jan. 1. Since January 2018, she served as COO of Bounce under now-retired CEO Doug Weintraub. Jeanine Black was promoted to chief strategy and communications officer as […]

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 – […]