Hey there! I'm an entrepreneur, speaker, runner, and a contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine. I'm a leader at heart, an engineer by degree, and a tech startup guy by trade. I do what I do to serve, elevate, and connect global startup communities.

I'm proud to be the CEO at Coplex, a Startup Accelerator that works with non-coding, subject matter expert founding teams to start tech companies. I am also a Founding Partner at Coplex Ventures, our VC-arm.

I started my first company when I was 15, far before I had any idea how to spell “entrepreneur.” Before graduating college in 2010, I pitched my company, BounceFire, at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards as one of the “Top 33 Student Entrepreneurs” in the world. Though we didn’t win, a judge from the competition acquired BounceFire in May of 2011.

In 2012, many from our original BounceFire team joined Coplex. In 2014, the startups we were co-creating were getting acquired, raising big venture capital rounds, and seeing significant growth. We saw an opportunity in building startups using lean startup methodologies and doubled down. Through 2015, we continued to hone what is now called the “Coplex Lean Process” to take new, “napkin-concept” startups to revenue in as little as 8 weeks.

The momentum continued in 2016, and I purchased the company from the founders. Later that year, we had a portfolio venture, Pluto TV, hit a $100M+ valuation.

In 2017, we focused on an untapped niche to help non-coder, subject matter expert founders start new tech companies. We launched our first $5M accelerator fund to invest in select ventures that come through our program. Since the beginning, we’ve co-created over 250 startups that have collectively raised hundreds of millions in funding, turned into multi-million dollar scale-ups, and even had $100M+ liquidity events.

I plan to lead the Coplex team to the global playground and help build successful new ventures and startup communities around the world.

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TIMELINE

  • 1987
Baby Zach March, 1987
Arrived in the world

Yeap, this is really me! No idea who let me wear an Indians shirt because I've always been a Tigers fan.

  • 1997
Little League Baseball April, 1997
Little League Baseball

Flash forward to 10 years old. Passed the cut and made the Little League baseball team in good ole Bellevue, Ohio!

  • 2008
Zach Running ONU Cross Country September, 2008
ONU Cross Country

For some reason thought it was a good idea to rock puka shells during the 2008 Ohio Northern University Cross Country season.

  • 2009
Zach Dressed like the Easter Bunny October, 2009
Dressed like the Easter Bunny

Decided it was a good idea to dress up like the Easter Bunny on Halloween. Fortunately or unfortunately, this costume has made numerous reappearances.

  • 2010
Global Student Entrepreneurs Award (GSEA) November, 2010
Global Student Entrepreneurs Award (GSEA)

Had an opportunity to present BounceFire at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City as one of the top 33 student entrepreneurs in the world.

  • 2011
BounceFire Logo May, 2011
BounceFire Acquisition

Exited my first business BounceFire and moved the crew out to Arizona for the next big adventure.

  • 2012
Coplex January, 2012
Joined Coplex

Joined forces with Coplex and balanced time between Los Angeles and Phoenix while building the company.

  • 2013
January, 2013
Launched Huddlewoo

Launched Huddlewoo, an online video chat platform that you can use to monetize your time.

  • 2015
Zach Accepting Coplex's Empact100 Award January, 2015
Coplex Receives Empact100 Award

Coplex received the Empact Showcase award as one of the best companies in the country started by young entrepreneurs.

  • 2015
November, 2015
Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35.

Received an award for being one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35 in Arizona by azcentral.com.

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