Earlier this week, Bounce Innovation Hub and the the city of Akron hosted a ceremonial “wall-breaking” event that marked the start of a major construction project to transform the center’s ground floor.
The 27,000-square-foot renovation will include new office space, co-working space, a makerspace, a café and meeting area, conference rooms, and an e-sports lab for The University of Akron. Bounce is located at 526 S. Main St., a former B.F. Goodrich plant, which was more recently the Global Business Accelerator.
Representatives from several of Bounce’s current companies were on hand for the event. The completion of the project is scheduled for the end of the year.
The entire building — comprised of more than 300,000 square feet of office, lab and light manufacturing space — is currently at 65 percent occupancy, with approximately 300 people working in the building.
Bounce also announced this week that CompanionLabs, an Akron-based startup whose technology helps small businesses receive a greater return on Facebook advertising, has agreed to move into the space this summer.
CompanionLabs is one of Northeast Ohio’s fastest growing software-as-a-service startups and one of 190 companies accredited by Facebook globally. The company also was recently approached by Google to see how its advertisers could benefit from their services.
Co-founders Brian Deagan, CEO, and Bill Landers, CTO, are also founders of Knotice, a marketing software company and, at one time, the largest single employer at Bounce. Knotice was sold to Ignition One in 2014.
“Here are two Akron entrepreneurs who built a business, sold it, started a new one, and now they are back at Bounce and excited to be a part of it,” said Bounce CEO Doug Weintraub. “This is the perfect example of the type of energy and interest we are starting to see here. We want companies who are doing great things and who want to be a part of Bounce.”
At the wall-breaking event, Weintraub was joined by Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan; Bounce Board Chair Deborah Hoover; Dennis Check, president of Hasenstab Architects; Don Taylor, president of Welty Building Company; and Dr. John Green, interim president of The University of Akron, as well as other business and civic leaders, at the project site to kick off construction.
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