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.

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...

Electric Vehicles Will Be Ubiquitous by 2030

Electric Vehicles Will Be Ubiquitous by 2030

If you own, work, invest, lend or supply anywhere in or around the automotive industry, there is a tsunami heading your way. It’s called the Electric Vehicle. And it’s going to cause tremendous disruptive in quite a few sectors. Electric vehicles, or EVs, account for only 1% of all new vehicle products. But, that’s about […]

If you own, work, invest, lend or supply anywhere in or around the automotive industry, there is a tsunami heading your way. It’s called the Electric Vehicle. And it’s going to cause tremendous disruptive in quite a few sectors. Electric vehicles, or EVs, account for only 1% of all new...

What Is the Next Big Disruptive Technology?

What Is the Next Big Disruptive Technology?

Nothing disrupts a legacy market like good technological innovation. And investors and business owners need to pay close attention to new innovation, or face being swept away by the resulting disruption. Case in point. The buggy manufacturers who continued to manufacture their products and overstock their inventory after Henry Ford began mass producing his automobile. […]

Nothing disrupts a legacy market like good technological innovation. And investors and business owners need to pay close attention to new innovation, or face being swept away by the resulting disruption. Case in point. The buggy manufacturers who continued to manufacture their products and overstock their inventory after Henry Ford...

Consider 3D Printing for Your Business

3D Printing for Your Business

3D printing can help manufacturers and other businesses go from ideas to physical parts in just days. With the Youngstown Business Incubator's additive manufacturing resources continuing to grow, Jim Cossler and Ashley Martof explain why to consider 3D printing for your business. Jim Cossler is the Huntington Bank Entrepreneur in...

Read Curated Content for Startup Advice

Read Curated Content for a Successful Startup

One of the biggest mistakes a new business owner can make is presuming that all they need for a successful startup is their domain expertise. If someone is an excellent baker, that's all they need to run a successful bakery...right? Not so, says Jim Cossler. While one's skills and expertise...

Recognizing a Killer Idea

Nader Sabry is a pretty successful guy. He’s the CEO and founder of TIMEZ5 Global Inc. and a managing partner at the McGill Consulting Group. He has successfully secured venture capital in starting his own firms and helped to create and build several high-growth companies. He is also the former head of innovation and thought-leadership […]

Nader Sabry is a pretty successful guy. He’s the CEO and founder of TIMEZ5 Global Inc. and a managing partner at the McGill Consulting Group. He has successfully secured venture capital in starting his own firms and helped to create and build several high-growth companies. He is also the former...

How to Come Up with a Business Concept

coming up with a business idea

From Jim Cossler's perspective, a business idea usually fall into one of two "time zones" – either too early, or too late. Do you know which has the better odds of success? In this month’s Startup 101 segment, Cossler offers some insight on how to come up with a business...

Two Successful Disruptive Companies

Jim Cossler, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s “chief evangelist,” says some of the best business startup ideas are those that disrupt legacy vertical markets. But most people have the wrong idea about disruption. In this month’s Startup 101 segment, Cossler explains what disruption is and looks at some successful examples. Subscribe...

Look Ahead, Not Back

One of the best parts of my job over the past 20 years at the Youngstown Business Incubator is the time I spend every day trying to look into the future. It was always important for us, as an organization, to do so. Why? Because, first and foremost, we had to try to predict where […]

One of the best parts of my job over the past 20 years at the Youngstown Business Incubator is the time I spend every day trying to look into the future. It was always important for us, as an organization, to do so. Why? Because, first and foremost, we had...