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From Tire Factory to ‘Bounce’ Hub

Douglas Weintraub, CEO of Bounce Innovation Hub, looks over plans for a $2.5 million renovation of the incubator

By Dan O'Brien AKRON, Ohio -- A half century ago, the empty 22,000-square-foot space where Douglas Weintraub now walks would have been filled with industrial machinery as hundreds of workers swarmed the factory floor of what was once the B.F. Goodrich Co. in downtown Akron. “You’re standing in a 150-year-old...

Preserve Your Legacy in a Book

Teen’s Startup Preserves Your Legacy By Sarah Kelley On the surface, Carson Rouse seems like an average 16-year-old boy. He is the wide receiver and linebacker for the football team of McKinley High School in Sebring. He spends his time playing video games with his friends. He’s busy studying for...

think[box]: Thinking Inside the Box

ian charnas, think[box], prototyping, 3D printers

Case Western’s Maker Space Takes Ideas From Conception to Launch By Dan O'Brien Imagine a portable device that provides critical medical information within minutes by reading a drop of blood. Or, a high-end fashion garment that changes colors but whose technology could enhance safety protocols in the construction industry. Then,...

A New Generation of Entrepreneurs

As you enter the offices – that is, office – of Connect Technology Co., you’re immediately struck with the sense that you’re on the ground floor of something new and interesting. On the walls are sheets of oversized yellow paper filled with handwritten ideas born from the latest brainstorming session....

YBI Inspire Lab Nurtures Innovations

Quentin Fisher wanted to find a way to combine his 20 years of experience as a consultant with the power of analytics to develop a cloud-computing product that could improve the bottom lines of medium and small businesses. At first he thought the manufacturing market held the most promise. After...

YBI Focuses on Minority Business

About 4½ years ago, Pam Szmara decided to take her dental supply business in Youngtown to the next level. Inspired by the region’s growing stature as a hub for additive manufacturing, she thought it prudent to explore how 3-D printing could help her business and allow for more diversification of...