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Rich Wetzel, CEO and Co-Founder of Freshmade 3D, is a result of the 3D Printing entrepreneurial ecosystem currently growing in the Youngstown area. A graduate of Youngstown State University, Rich spent the summer of his senior year interning at MakerBot and soon began working at the Youngstown Business Incubator in 2014 as the Additive…Read More
For 18 years, Pam Szmara has worked as an orthodontic dental laboratory technician where she fabricated orthodontic appliances for the dental industry through her company, Live Wires Orthodontics. When 3D printing engulfed the world of dentistry 6 years ago, Pam was forced to either adopt the new technology or be left behind. When one of…Read More
What makes the utilization of 3D printing on a global scale so exciting is that the technology is being used in nearly every industry in extraordinary ways. You may be surprised to discover that you may be using or looking right at 3D printed works in your daily life, without even recognizing it. Ponder the…Read More
In early 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) began their Israeli-YBI collaborative, an initiative designed to attract Israeli companies to northeast Ohio, specifically the YBI’s downtown Youngstown campus. Since that time, the program has really proven its necessity for companies seeking a larger market. Numerous companies have shown interest in the program and Northeast Ohio’s…Read More
A Millennial’s Perspective as to why Israeli Tech Startups Should Move to Youngstown
Like most millennials, I see an inherent value in two things: technology and diversity. This is why I believe the I-YBI initiative is a valuable asset to YBI and the entirety of the Youngstown community. I-YBI is a partnership between Israel and the Youngstown Business Incubator in order to further both parties’ involvement in technology…Read More
A closer look at the history of the Youngstown Business Incubator building The year is 1952. Bakeries, printing companies, jewelers, outfitters, performing arts centers, and other establishments line the sidewalks filled with people moving hastily, occasionally stopping to peer in large glass windows. Downtown Youngstown is its own entertainment district, a myriad of sights, sounds,…Read More
Cloud-based technology in transportation — How one startup is leveraging opportunity With issues of poor communication, unrelenting competition, high driver downtime, and capacity growth, the transportation industry is under pressure to increase driver efficiency and satisfaction. For transportation companies, cloud computing and field services software offer potential for disruption in business agility, revenue growth, operations…Read More
YBI In the News
Following are prominent mentions of YBI and our portfolio companies in the news media.
On June 26, 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator was awarded a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation for the development of a commercialization program for additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with America Makes and Team NEO, outreach was conducted to downselect potential assets for commercialization. Once assets were identified, they were put through a 3 phase program; America Makes Commercialization Tool, a…Read More
On June 26, 2017, the Youngstown Business Incubator was awarded a grant from Burton D. Morgan Foundation for the development of a commercialization program for additive manufacturing technologies. Through a partnership with America Makes and Team NEO, outreach was conducted to downselect potential assets for commercialization. Once assets were identified, they were put through a 3 phase program;…Read More
On Tuesday, September 25th, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s (YBI) Women in Entrepreneurship Program completed its first 4-week WE Grow class, held at the Youngstown Public Library. WE Grow is designed for women entrepreneurs that are eager to take their business to the next level. Through the 4-week program, participants attend lectures and complete coursework pertaining…Read More
Here at the YBI we surround ourselves with the best, the brightest, and arguably some of the busiest. Gene Groys, one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence, represented the YBI on Friday as he participated in a panel discussion on Angel Investing, hosted by Dan Hampu of The Bit Factory, and again today, Gene is participating…Read More
Strangpresse LLC, a Youngstown Business Incubator Portfolio Company, is proud to be part of the NIAR (National Institute for Aviation Research) at Wichita State University. Strangpresse Models 19 & 30 polymer pellet-fed extruder heads are both part of the Research Center. The Model 30 is mounted on a large robotic arm and gantry crane structure,…Read More