Hey There! I'm an entrepreneur, speaker, runner, and columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. I'm a leader at heart, an engineer by degree, and a tech startup guy by trade. I’m passionate about empowering industry experts (that aren’t techies) to start high-growth technology companies around the world.

I’m the CEO at Coplex, a nationally-ranked Startup Accelerator that partners with industry experts to start successful tech companies. Coplex has helped start over 275 startup companies around the globe and was named one of the ‘Top 7 Startup Accelerators in America’ by Entrepreneur Magazine.

At 16, I started my first company BounceFire, an Ohio-based technology services company. In 2010, I had the honor of representing BounceFire at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards as one of the “Top 33 Student Entrepreneurs” in the world. At the competition we met a judge who later acquired BounceFire in May of 2011, when I was 24.

In 2012, I joined the executive team at Coplex alongside many from our BounceFire team. Alongside the founder, Ilya Pozin, we began to pivot the company from a 35-person software development company to a Startup Accelerator. I took over as the CEO of Coplex in 2013 and purchased the company in 2016.

At Coplex, we have a structured 9-month program that is designed to take industry expert founding teams from idea to seed-ready. The program is built on a proven lean startup process and provides support with product development, go-to-market, private events, mentorship, immersive education, fundraising, and much more.

Coplex has helped start over 275 startup companies around the globe. Our startups have raised over $850M in VC and have an aggregate market value of over $3.5B. We’ve been featured in VentureBeat, Inc, Forbes, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, NPR, Mashable, USA Today, and the Washington Post.

I plan to lead the Coplex team to the global playground so we can enable industry experts from around the world to build amazing new technology companies.

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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.

CONTACT

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