Clean Energy Trust, Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, mHUB, and Spark Innovation Center today announced that their Midwest Regional Innovation Partnership was selected for an award of over $900,000 from the Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC). The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (O TT).

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Chicago’s leading innovation centers, mHUB, MATTER and 1871, secure a $2.78M federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to invigorate startups and small businesses through their Chicago Proactive Response (CPR) COVID-19 initiative.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Read on as we highlight collaboration and what is possible when we come together.

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Over the last few months, 12 startup teams from the Italian Trade Agency and 3 startup teams from Canada have been welcomed into the mHUB community virtually.

Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Appointment announced as organization deepens commitment to creating more equitable access to its community and resources for underrepresented entrepreneurs

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2021

In the digital transformation realm of manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the number one technology. As so often happens, IIoT has too often been seen as a great technology innovation that is looking for a problem. Now that we’re starting to have a better perspective, we see how IIoT can solve real business problems and understand how money can be made.

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Six finalists will pitch for a chance at $25,000 of cash and in-kind prizes

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2020

Days after the election, individuals, communities and the nation at large are still trying to predict how the results will impact the markets. Despite the differences of the parties’ platforms, however, both Democrats and Republicans ultimately support strengthening the economy and increasing jobs in the U.S. That said, how will emerging tech markets respond and expand in these uncertain times?

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Early-stage hardware companies get only a small slice of the venture capital pie—roughly $1 for every $15 software and other digital startups raise. For under-represented hardware founders, the financing gap is even wider.

Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2020

How the innovation and manufacturing center aims to close the early-stage funding gap for hardtech startups.

Posted: Monday, November 9, 2020

Smart manufacturing — also called Industry 4.0 or manufacturing 4.0 — has been around for some time. Great visions about the future of manufacturing are plentiful, and there are many proofs of concepts, but scaling the digital in manufacturing is significantly less represented. Why? Because not enough attention is paid to the value creation aspect of smart manufacturing. In too many cases it is still seen as a techno spiel more than anything else.

Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Market behavior in previous crises favors sensible business growth and stability, which thrives in the Midwest, Hardtech sectors will lead the way.

Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2020

In the premiere episode of Makecast, mHUB Chief Executive Officer, Haven Allen; Director of Innovation Services, Bill Fienup; and Program Manager, Bianca Thai talk about matching talent to opportunity.

Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Every year, Inno recognizes the 50 people and companies that are innovating, growing and thriving in Chicago's tech and startup scene, and this year is no different. Building a company is never easy, but it is most certainly more challenging during a pandemic. The tech companies and startups on our list this year are being recognized for their resilience, dedication and success despite the adversity presented by the pandemic.

Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2020

mHUB's newly formed Product Impact Fund is a $15M venture fund that invests in seed and early-stage physical product and Hardware companies with deployment from 2020 to 2023. Steve Koch and Mark Tebbe are two of their board members who are involved with the creation of the fund.

Posted: Monday, September 28, 2020

Chicago’s manufacturing-tech innovation center mHUB is launching its first accelerator program for early-stage startups making physical tech products, IoT devices and other “hard-tech” equipment.

Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The rate of hardtech innovation is accelerating. It's occurring at the intersection of digital and hardware innovation. This fourth industrial revolution is disrupting every facet of our economy. Industries such as construction, manufacturing, energy and transportation are undergoing a rapid transition forced upon them.

Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020

mHUB, Chicago’s manufacturing-tech innovation center, just landed a grant from the federal government to help its members bring their R&D skills to established businesses.

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2020

mHUB announced that The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded mHUB with a $1.3M FY20 Venture Challenge grants. Designed to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth in the U.S., EDA awarded 52 organizations from 36 states with the FY20 Venture Challenge grant, totaling $35M.

Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Among companies already moving us in that direction: mHUB, a product startup incubator, Azul 3D, with leading 3D printers, and Fusion OEM, with robots that operate alongside humans.

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Taking the lens of an employee’s journey, leaders have made decisions and found solutions that can serve as a foundation for others preparing to bring employees, visitors, and customers safely both physically and psychologically back to the workplace.

Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020

Funders include the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust, Walder Foundation and Bank of America.

Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Tech Industry Veteran Brings Over 25 Years of Innovation Expertise from Leadership Roles at Bell Labs and Alcatel

Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2020

Chicago’s leading innovation centers, mHUB, MATTER and 1871, are collaborating to mobilize the technology ecosystem around designing solutions that can directly support in the fight against COVID-19. The communities’ network of entrepreneurs, software developers, engineers, designers and industry experts provides a rich talent pool that can facilitate fast, new responses to front-line challenges affecting our populations. A website, seeking open calls for solutions from health officials, policy makers, advocates and other administrators, along with opportunities for innovators to share their solutions, is now live at

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2020

In response to guidelines from local health and government agencies, we are taking more active measures to protect the health and safety of the community and stay ahead of the continued spread of the Coronavirus. Your well-being is our priority. We are also committed to ensuring that members retain access to the resources needed to build their businesses, while also maintaining a safe, sanitary and productive workspace.

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020