GROW: Generating Real Opportunity and Wealth

GROW is led by entrepreneur-in-residence Ace Epps and serves non-tech entrepreneurs and businesses, with a focus on minorities and women. Read more about Ace.

GROW offers three programming tracks that develop and strengthen the entrepreneur spirit and small business community in Akron. 

The program provides start-to finish support to help  validate idea and grow businesses. Depending on where an entrepreneur is in their journey will determine where they enter the GROW program.

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Aspiring Entrepreneur Program

A 10-week cohort program focusing on entrepreneurship education and business idea validation for aspiring business owners. If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, this is the place to start.

MORTAR at Bounce

A 15-week accelerator that helps both existing and aspiring non-tech entrepreneurs learn the nuances of business ownership and build a comprehensive business canvas; the goal being to launch businesses that create jobs and circulate dollars locally.

Next Level Business Incubator

Entrepreneurs work directly with Ace and his team. This program is for established small businesses that are grossing at least $10,000 annually. The team helps these businesses scale and market to success.

Email Ace at for more information on the GROW program.