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 […]

Sunshine Senior Staffing Agency Brings Sunshine to Senior Adults

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. Terressa Dixon-Pickett is a graduate of the sixth cohort of the MORTAR at Bounce program, our 15-week business accelerator. Currently, she is in our Next Level Business Incubator.  From an […]

Tech Spotlight: MyHouseCall, Michael Cole, co-founder, COO

Have you ever been frustrated by how long it takes to get into an office to see a doctor, especially when you need your medical issues resolved quickly? Because of this frustration, patients often end up in urgent care or the emergency room, resulting in even higher medical bills. Bounce software accelerator client MyHouseCall wants […]

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 […]

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Joy

Bounce-Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Joy

Even though the official Juneteenth holiday is now behind us for 2022, the work is not; it continues every day. Thank you to Bounce program manager, Asha Zayn, for sharing their thoughts about the holiday, its history and its meaning to Black Americans. On June 19, 1865, in Galveston Bay, Texas, approximately 2,000 Black Union […]