Five software startup businesses will take part in Bounce Innovation Hub’s inaugural product development accelerator cohort starting on Monday at its South Main Street site in downtown Akron.


The four-month-long program is intended to help early-stage software startups build, refine and then launch their product at the end of the cohort.

Four of the five businesses participated in Bounce’s annual FUEL pitch competition; all were selected from a group of applicants.

The program connects the business founders with experienced mentors and provides access to co-working space. Bounce said there is potential for investment in the businesses.

The five businesses are:

• Convos, a software company that uses chatbots to help businesses connect with and engage new leads through Facebook Messenger and website conversions.

• Event Discovery Co., a software company that developed a connected website calendar called Evitt intended to make event promoting easier and more efficient.

• Linear Labs, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence to produce market research and consumer insight.

• ReqPrep, a digital platform that simplifies and streamlines the ordering process for users in lab industries.

• SeeLife, a software company that uses gaming and biofeedback to engage kindergarten through fifth-grade students to learn mindfulness for improved emotional intelligence through heart rate control.

“The focus is to positively impact the cohort companies and help them create the early momentum that is crucial to achieving escape velocity,” Ed Buchholz, the accelerator’s managing director, said in a news release. Buchholz also is a product manager, founder and startup mentor.

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