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An Executive Search Is Underway For A Leader of Akron's Innovation Hub

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The newly selected board of directors for Akron’s advanced innovation hub is beginning the process of finding a CEO. 

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan

The innovation hub program, which is called Bounce, will combine existing city assets for boosting entrepreneurship, such as the Global Business Accelerator, with new ways of linking innovators.

The mayor’s press secretary, Ellen Lander Nischt, says the new board is writing the CEO job description and the position will not answer to City Hall.

“The mayor has been steadfast from the beginning in saying that, 'I don’t think you want the government running innovation and entrepreneurship.' This really needs to be something that the corporate sector, as well as the start-up community and the universities are all buying into.”

The chairman of the Bounce Board is Deborah Hoover, president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation