Startup 101

How the YBI Can Help Your Startup

Founding your own startup business is not as difficult, or as complicated as you may imagine.

In this startup 101 video, Gianna Serra, client services manager of the Youngstown Business Incubator, tells why you should begin a startup business and how the YBI can help you.

“We know what works. We know what doesn’t work,” she says.

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.

Have startup questions? Email Jim Cossler at JCossler@ybi.org.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.