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Freshmade 3D: Success through Partnerships

By admin | October 16, 2018

  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…

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The Positive Effects of 3D Printing

By admin | August 15, 2018

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…

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Israeli Company, PrintCB, Establishes U.S. Operations via YBI

By Corey Patrick | May 10, 2018

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…

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10 Takeaways From the 2018 World Incubation Summit that Startups Should Hear, Too

By admin | April 16, 2018

So, I love learning about my ‘industry’ and how we can create stronger, better startups. If you’re a startup founder, serial entrepreneur or an incubator employee and love learning – keep reading! If you’re none of the above and still love learning, read away – you won’t be disappointed. A couple weeks ago I had…

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5 Major Social Media Mistakes You Might Be Making

By admin | January 25, 2018

Social media is an endlessly valuable tool that every business should incorporate into their marketing routine. It’s a quick way to get smaller tidbits of information out to your audience rather than sending an email newsletter, and can work to get new customers familiar with your business as well. With the number of platforms available…

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A​ ​Millennial’s​ ​Perspective​ ​as​ ​to​ ​why​ ​Israeli​ ​Tech​ ​Startups​ ​Should​ ​Move​ ​to​ ​Youngstown

By admin | October 17, 2017

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…

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A Generation at 241 W. Federal Street

By admin | September 19, 2017

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,…

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Cloud-Based Technology in Transportation — How one startup is leveraging opportunity

By admin | August 22, 2017

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…

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Additive Manufacturing…in space?

By admin | August 11, 2017

Space – the final frontier. It’s all that we have left to explore. The great technological feats that made missions like Apollo 13 possible, while valuable at their time, became outdated rather quickly. Today, we have additive manufacturing at our fingertips to produce parts and products more quickly. But it’s never been used for space…

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YBI In the News

Following are prominent mentions of YBI and our portfolio companies in the news media.

YBI ANNOUNCES COMPANIES PITCHING AT 3RD ANNUAL ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT

By Megan Payich | September 19, 2022

5 COMPANIES SELECTED TO PITCH THEIR IDEAS YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -The Youngstown Business Incubator has announced the five companies pitching at 2022 Shark Tank. They are Aura Beauty, a beauty company that uses AI and AR technology to deliver perfect-fit, reusable manicures to its member’s every month; YOGO Bikeshare, the first ever micro-mobility platform in the…

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YBI OFFERS NEW PROGRAM AIMED AT CONNECTING SMALL BUSINESSES WITH ANCHOR INSTITUTIONS

By Megan Payich | September 6, 2022

YBI Expands Services to Warren with New Supply Chain Diversity Director WARREN, Ohio –  The Youngstown Business Incubator has expanded their services to include a program aimed at supplier diversification. The goal of the program is to engage with the region’s anchor institutions, (e.g. hospitals, universities, government, industry) to diversify their supply chains to spur…

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YBI ACQUIRES REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CLUSTER IN OHIO

By Megan Payich | September 1, 2022

Myra Benedikt, Youngstown Area Jewish Foundation past board president; Lisa Long, financial resource development director with the Youngtown Area Jewish Foundation; Dror Danai, Xjet CBO; Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator; James Dascenzo, YBI executive committee chairperson; Yair Alcobi, Xjet CEO; YSU President Jim Tressel; John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes; and…

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YBI’S LAKE TO RIVER SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS (L2RSBS) PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN ASHTABULA COUNTY

By Megan Payich | August 2, 2022

YBI ANNOUNCES NEW BUSINESS PROGRAM COORDINATOR TO ASSIST EMERGING AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN ASHTABULA COUNTY Ashtabula, OH- YBI is expanding their services to Ashtabula County with the addition of a new Business Program Coordinator, Ginny Pasha, who will work directly with entrepreneurs to support small business development in the eastern corridor of Ohio through…

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YOUNGSTOWN STARTUP AIMS TO CHANGE THE WAY CONSUMERS SHOP

By Megan Payich | July 20, 2022

Four The Greater Good is taking on the responsibility for how their products are being made YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Jessica Boccio had tried everything on the market for her two young children (then ages 2 and 4) who were both suffering from eczema at the time. After numerous doctor visits and several steroid creams later,…

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YBI ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT

By Megan Payich | June 27, 2022

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR YBI ‘SHARK TANK’ EVENT YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a chance to earn prize money to fund their business ideas at the 3rd Annual “Shark Tank” pitch competition and fundraising event hosted by the Youngstown Business Incubator and sponsored by Leonard J. Fisher Family, Vince & Phyllis…

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YBI ANNOUNCES 6 ‘SHARKS’ FOR SHARK TANK EVENT

By Megan Payich | June 27, 2022

YBI ANNOUNCES 6 ‘SHARKS’ FOR SHARK TANK EVENT YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Business Incubator announced the six “sharks” that will serve on the panel at the 3rd Annual Shark Tank Event October 6 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center: Ray Mancini, Entrepreneur and Boxing Legend, Ellen Tressel, Philanthropist, Herb Washington, CEO/Founder of HLW Fast Track…

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YOUNGSTOWN BUSINESS INCUBATOR ANNOUNCES DEFENSE INNOVATION HUB WITH SUPPORT FROM U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TIM RYAN

By Megan Payich | February 2, 2022

ACME General Corp. establishes technology development center at YBI Youngstown, OH – Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) is announcing that the City of Youngstown, with the support of U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, is welcoming defense innovation firm ACME General Corp. to work on next-generation software platforms and tools in support of development of next-generation national security…

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YBI’s WE Launch Graduates 4 from Virtual Accelerator

By Corey Patrick | August 24, 2020

YOUNGSTOWN, OH: On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the Youngstown Business Incuabtor’s Women in Entrepreneurship Program held its pitch event for its staple accelerator program, WE Launch. WE Launch is a 9 week program designed for women entrepreneurs to launch their business to the next level. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the program looked a little different…

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