Jim Cossler

Youngstown Business Incubator

Jim Cossler is the Huntington Bank Entrepreneur in Residence of the Youngstown Business Incubator, but is better known throughout the country as the organization’s “chief evangelist.”

Cossler attended Youngstown State University where he studied philosophy and literature.

From his position as senior vice president for corporate services for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, Cossler joined the YBI in 1997 as its CEO. At the time, the incubator was positioned as a traditional, mixed use incubator. He soon became the primary architect of its transformation into the nationally known incubator, accelerator and managed B2B software technology cluster that YBI is today.

Cossler’s primary roles are to serve as a mentor and entrepreneurial expert to YBI’s portfolio of companies as well as to build and manage the internal and external relations and networks necessary for their growth and success.

Cossler serves on the business and computer science advisory boards at Kent State University, the University of Akron, Hiram College and Youngstown State University.

Turning Great Ideas Into Great Businesses

The Youngstown Edison Incubator Corp., operating as the Youngstown Business Incubator at 241 W. Federal St., is a 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit corporation and is an active collaborator and resource provider in a 21-county region of northeastern Ohio.

YBI is an internationally recognized program focused on the development of B2B software application companies in the Mahoning Valley.

Critical to successful business development, YBI also helps emerging businesses accelerate by providing an array of invaluable services. Among them are facilities, equipment, resource networks, entrepreneurial counseling and networking opportunities.

In 2015, the University Business Incubator Index named YBI as the “#1 University Affiliated Business Incubator in North America” and in 2016 ranked YBI No. 2 worldwide.
The incubator’s success has been documented well by Businessweek, Inc., The Economist, Next City, Entrepreneur, Details, Governing, Salon, the German Financial Times, and the BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, ABC and Tokyo Broadcasting.

Understand, Work with Blockchain Technology

“Blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything along its way by the force of its progression.” One might conclude the above comment is a bit of hyperbole. But when you consider the source, William Mougayar, you have to take it seriously, because Mougayar […]

“Blockchain cannot be described just as a revolution. It is a tsunami-like phenomenon, slowly advancing and gradually enveloping everything along its way by the force of its progression.” One might conclude the above comment is a bit of hyperbole. But when you consider the source, William Mougayar, you have to...

Which Social Media Platforms are Right for Your Business?

Almost every business knows it needs to be on social media, but do you know which platforms are right for you particular business? In this Startup 101 video, Corey Patrick, director of marketing and communications for the Youngstown Business Incubator, talks about which platforms are necessary to have for your...

The Importance of Market Research

Market research is a critical and ongoing step when you are starting a business. In this startup 101 video, Gianna Serra tells of some different resources you can use to help find your target market, size of the market and reach out to potential target customers. One of these sources...

Industry Disruption Is a Matter of Convenience

Most of you may remember this famous admonition of Blockbuster to its customers, politely asking them to rewind their movie tapes before returning them to the store. Tapes. Remember them? And who doesn’t remember Blockbuster? That magical place where you could select from hundreds of first-run movie titles to take away and watch in the […]

Most of you may remember this famous admonition of Blockbuster to its customers, politely asking them to rewind their movie tapes before returning them to the store. Tapes. Remember them? And who doesn’t remember Blockbuster? That magical place where you could select from hundreds of first-run movie titles to take...

What Is Disruption in Business?

The Youngstown Edison Incubator Corporation, operating as the Youngstown Business Incubator at 241 W. Federal St., is a 501(c)3 charitable, nonprofit corporation and is an active collaborator and resource provider in a 21-county region of northeastern Ohio. YBI is an internationally recognized program focused on the development of B2B software...

A Good Team Is Behind Startup Success

Solo founders for a startup business are rarely going to be successful. One may have the technical expertise, the domain experience to build a world-class product, but do you also have the marketing skills necessary to let the world know that your product and service exists? Jim Cossler says, "Investors...

Artificial Intelligence, for Good and for Bad

Dave: Open the pod bay doors, Hal. Hal: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. Dave: What’s the problem? Hal: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Some of you may remember those lines from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction masterpiece, as […]

Dave: Open the pod bay doors, Hal. Hal: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. Dave: What’s the problem? Hal: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Some of you may remember those lines from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick’s...

Engage the Investor with a Power Statement

Crafting a Powerful Startup Pitch

In part one of this Startup 101 video, Jim Cossler explained why you need to have a powerful opening to your startup pitch when presenting to potential investors. In part two, Cossler says what you need to do at the very outset of your presentation is engage the investor. You...

Crafting a Powerful Startup Pitch

Crafting a Powerful Startup Pitch

In part one of this Startup 101 video, Jim Cossler explains why you need to have a powerful opening to your startup pitch when presenting to potential investors. Cossler is the Huntington Bank Entrepreneur in Residence of the Youngstown Business Incubator, but is better known throughout the country as the...

Rough Ride Ahead with End of Net Neutrality

Rough Ride Ahead with End of Net Neutrality

Interstate travel by car wasn’t always as smooth and easy as it is today. Going as far as 200 miles could often take half a day, as you moved along narrow, two-lane roads, jammed with congestion and lined with stop signs and traffic signals. On June 29, 1956, that began to change when President Dwight […]

Interstate travel by car wasn’t always as smooth and easy as it is today. Going as far as 200 miles could often take half a day, as you moved along narrow, two-lane roads, jammed with congestion and lined with stop signs and traffic signals. On June 29, 1956, that began...