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 over at Coplex, a Startup Accelerator that helps non-coding, industry experts start successful 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.’ At 16, I started BounceHost, a web hosting company in my hometown of Bellevue, Ohio. Through college, we built the business and eventually rebranded as BounceFire. Before graduating college 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. Though we didn’t win, I connected with a final round judge who acquired BounceFire in May of 2011 at the age of 24.

In 2012, many from our original BounceFire team joined forces with Ilya Pozin at Coplex. I became CEO in 2013 and began to pivot the company from a 35-person digital agency to a Startup Accelerator.

We saw an opportunity to use our skills to help non-coding, industry experts start successful tech companies and built a 9-month program designed to take them from idea to seed-ready. In addition to the program, we created a VC-arm that selectively invests in our graduates at the seed-stage.

In 2016, we had a portfolio venture, Pluto TV, hit a $100M+ valuation. That year, I coordinated a management buyout to buy the company from the original founders. Since its inception, Coplex has helped start over 250 startup companies around the globe and was named one of the ‘Top Startup Accelerators in America’ by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2017.

I plan to lead the all-star Coplex team to the global playground so we can enable industry experts from around the world to get into the technology game.

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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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