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Apply your skills. Build your network. Create something awesome.

The Commons is an exclusive program designed to help you understand how to creatively solve big problems. We find the most motivated collegiate minds from across the region, throw you into the deep end of product innovation and give you direct access to mentoring professionals that you won’t find anywhere else. 

Are you ready for hands-on, real-world professional experience? Are you ready to really collaborate, communicate, think critically and innovate?

Good. Keep reading.

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WOULD I BE A GOOD FIT? 

If you’re reading this, then yes! We look for students of ANY major and ANY year in school. And we don’t care about your GPA. Instead, we look at the following "personas" for our program:

Hackers - technical and engineering folks of all types
Hipsters - designers, artists and creatives
Hustlers - sales, marketing, finance and business
Handlers - project coordinators, organizers and team leaders

 

WHERE IS IT? 

Bounce Innovation Hub
526 S Main St, Akron, OH 44311

 

WHEN IS IT?

Kickoff Weekend: Saturday, Feb 2 + Sunday, Feb 3 from 10:00am-4:00pm
Remote/Digital Check-Ins: Wednesdays for 30 minutes sometime 9am-5pm
Demo Day: Saturday, Feb 23 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Attendance is mandatory!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 

You’ll be working on big, open-ended innovation challenges facing local companies. You’ll explore new technology, utilize human-centered design thinking and practice strategic disruption. You’ll do all of this on a cross-functional team of other talented students from across the region and get guidance from a variety of mentoring professionals.

 

HOW MUCH WORK IS IT? 

We’ll keep you busy over Kickoff Weekend and Demo Day. The rest is up to you… But know this is your chance to impress people, make connections and gain unique work experience (trust us, this looks gooooood on a resume!). We’d suggest planning on 4-6 hours/week of work between Kickoff and Demo Day.

 

If you have questions on anything, please email Joe Poeschl, our Program Director, at joe@thecommonswi.com

APPLY BELOW!

We're doing a rolling accepting of small groups beginning right now. With a max capacity of 30 students, this is a very competitive program.... apply soon!

What's your name? *
What's your name?
Please keep this response to just a few paragraphs, but answer the following: Who are you? What skills do you bring to a team? How do you deal with conflict? What motivates you? What do you want to get out of this experience?
Which of the following would you consider your PRIMARY "persona"? *
Which of the following would you consider your SECONDARY "persona"? *
Do you have the time to commit to this experience? *
In-person attendance is required for Kickoff Weekend (2/2-2/3) and Demo Day (2/23). 4-6 hours per week in between is an expected work load.