Fifth-Annual Startup Showcase

28sep1:00 pm9:00 pmFifth-Annual Startup ShowcaseJoin us for a celebration of our programs and companies at the 2023 Startup Showcase!526 S. Main St.

Event Details

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Fifth-Annual Startup Showcase

Presented by Akron Energy Systems

Benefiting Bounce Innovation Hub

You’re invited to Bounce Innovation Hub’s biggest event of the year! We’re showcasing our outstanding companies and programs, while treating you to a night of food, music and networking. Connect with our companies, team and each other. Entrepreneurs can also look forward to connecting with potential mentors, customers and investors. This year, we’re also offering our annual VIP dinner, office hours and two entrepreneur-focused workshops.

Ticketing Information

Showcase & Workshop – $15/person

Includes admission to the Showcase, office hours, workshop, food and one drink ticket. Workshop attendees will select an add-on during checkout (tech or small-business-focused workshop).  You may also choose not to attend a Workshop. Please review the agenda for the timeline.  See below for descriptions of Workshop topics.   

Showcase & VIP Dinner – $75/person

Includes admission to the Showcase and office hours, as well as an exclusive, sit-down dinner with complimentary drink tickets to use throughout the night, and networking.  Reserve now! VIP availability is limited.

Please contact with any questions.

All proceeds benefit the programs and services at Bounce Innovation Hub.


8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free Coworking Day

Office Hours sponsored by Fifth Third Bank

1 – 5 p.m. – Office Hours with Bounce service providers and partners

  • Akron Urban League
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • HJK Digital (marketing)
  • Leonard & Terzola Co., Ltd. (legal)
  • Silverline Consulting (HR)
  • University of Akron Research Foundation/ICorps program

Startup Showcase

5 – 5:30 p.m. – Doors open for registration and networking

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. VIP Dinner


5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Workshops

Tech Workshop – Funded Founders: an authentic, unfiltered conversation with founders who have raised capital from VC to grants.

  • Matt Crowley, TonDone
  • Adam Ellis, Harmoni
  • Chelsea Monty-Bromer, SweatID
  • Evan Davies, Notus Labs

Small Business Workshop – Straight from the Source: Hear from the Bounce team and our partners* on how each serves Akron’s small business entrepreneurs – and how we work together!

  • Community Banking: Ace Epps, community manager, Chase Bank
  • Personal Finance: Antoinette Dudley, director, Financial Empowerment Center
  • We’ll be adding more experts; check back soon!

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. – Networking and company tabling

7:15-8:30 p.m. – Showcase kickoff featuring keynote speaker Amy Mucha, owner and chief pop artist of Daisy Pops, fireside chat with the Bounce team and featured companies.

8:30-9 p.m. – Networking and company tabling

Please visit the 2023 Startup Showcase website to learn more about the companies and workshop descriptions.

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

For more details, please visit


Thank you to our sponsors!

Title Sponsor: Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

Presenting Sponsor: Akron Energy Systems

Partnership Sponsor: Fifth Third Bank

Networking Sponsors: Interstate Fusion VenturesThe Goodrich



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