Founded in 1983 as an initiative of the City of Akron, the Akron Global Business Accelerator provides entrepreneurial support to technology-based start-ups in diverse fields, including: biomedical, energy, advanced materials, IT, instruments, controls and electronics. The Accelerator is nationally recognized for its innovation and has assisted client companies in securing $86 million in investment, generating 639 new high-paying jobs, $181 million in sales, and $104.5 million in payroll since 2008.