An Initiative of the City of Akron

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Our team

The Akron Global Business Accelerator is led by proven entrepreneurs and business leaders with more than 150 years of combined experience assisting technology-based and early-stage companies.

Accelerator staff:

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Anthony Margida, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony sets the Accelerator’s strategic vision and is instrumental in forming key partnerships that have a positive economic impact on Northeast Ohio. As an entrepreneur in residence, he helps companies realize their value propositions and develop profitable business models.

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Terry Martell, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Terry oversees Accelerator operations and manages individual lease relationships. As an entrepreneur in residence, Terry also assists companies with seed funding and follow-on funding needs.

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Jessica (Peplowski) Sublett, JD, LLM
Program Specialist
Jessica manages the Technology Company Acceleration program and new client development. Jessica guides entrepreneurs through market research, customer development, and creating investment presentations and is involved in strategic outreach and growth initiatives for the Accelerator.

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Entrepreneurs in Residence:

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Jim Luby
Jim acts as an extension of his client companies’ management teams, helping them develop strategic plans for growth and operation. He is also actively involved in the deal flow process, vetting new potential client companies and providing thoughtful insight.

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Robert Anthony, MBA
Bob is the biomedical entrepreneur in residence, assisting companies with business development and investment opportunities. He also helps assess potential new clients. As well, Bob is actively involved in the Technology Bridges initiative, a program that attracts foreign companies to Akron.

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Accelerator Support Staff

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Pam Beacham
Office Administrator

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Dominic Falcione and
John Porter
Facilities Specialists

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