Overseas Sourcing and Manufacturing
Join us for an interactive discussion on overseas sourcing and manufacturing. You'll get insights into the process from four experienced entrepreneurs, Joe Born of Aiwa, Paul Hersko of PGH Industries, and Greg Cullen of Jolted Thoughts. The discussion will address why it’s beneficial to outsource (specifically to China), considerations for factory selection, what to keep in mind when managing payment plans, and more!
Design For Manufacturing: Plastics
Almost every product being launched today utilizes plastic components in some way. This is because a properly designed plastic part can be just as strong as its metal rival, but lighter, and much less expensive. The catch? Tooling costs can be high, and design mistakes can be costly, if not fatal, to a startup. Special guest, Dave Low, Co-Founder and VP of Operations at Prismier, LLC will teach us about the engineering and economics of successfully designing parts for Plastic Injection Molding.
SparkShop: Innovation For All
Join mHUB and SparkShop for: Innovation For All! Kids will learn and practice the product design cycle against a design challenge by brainstorming, sketching, prototyping, and presenting their own inventions. This workshop is ideal for 8-12 year olds but kids of other ages are certainly welcome to attend!
Mastering your Market: Market Research and Customer Discovery
Understanding your market and your customer is vital to securing your company’s competitive edge. Led by Patrick Donohue of Snapon, this class will explain the importance of market research/industry analysis and how they can inform your product development and cover best practices for outsourced and DIY’d research. Then, the conversation will shift to customer discovery and how to find and secure customer validation.
Startup Workshop: Hiring and Growing Your Team
You’ve successfully started your company and its demand is growing, It's time to hire your dream team! Join Kirsten Ramos of Elevate Performance Solutions, an in-demand renown business development expert, for insight into hiring best practices all while avoiding pitfalls that might waste time, or get you in to trouble. During the session, participants will actively learn about writing job descriptions, behavioral interviewing, integrating the new team members, and much more!
Creating Your Momentum: B2B Sales
In this class, led by Maureen Wozniak of the Better Business Bureau, you'll discuss how to gain momentum and audience traction in your business before, during, and after product launch. This class will profile the type of customer you are targeting (Fortune 500 or Small-Mid Market), teach you how to identify the decision maker, and discuss what channels and metrics to target for sustained customer engagement and success.
24 Steps to a Successful Startup Venture
Join Mark Werwath, Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program and Professor at Northwestern University, for an interactive course that will take you through the steps of becoming a successful startup, help you better understand your product-market fit, and align your business goals and objectives for future prosperity. This class will offer a systematic guide to entrepreneurship from defining your market segmentation and building an end user profile, to developing a business plan.
Constructing the Pitch: How to Build Your Pitch Deck
Join Mark Werwath, Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program at Northwestern University to learn how to build an effective pitch deck. As entrepreneurs, it is critical to share your idea in a way that inspires and engages others in your organization, builds trust, and uncovers the most powerful and compelling elements of your mission statement. Whether it is a 60-second pitch or a five-minute competition, this is your chance to learn how to create an effective pitch.
Design For Manufacturing: CNC Machining
In many markets descriptions like “Billet Aluminum”, “Precision Machined”, and “Aerospace Quality” command the highest prices, and bring big profits to any brand’s product portfolio. Whether for prototyping or production, minimize the costs of these parts requires a full understanding of the design, tooling, and automation opportunities. Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machining experts from Fictiv will join us to give us the ins and outs of CNC Milling and Turning.
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Social Media and PR Strategies: How to Focus Your Social Media Engagements
This workshop will offer frameworks and insights on how to connect your business or organization to your critical audiences through social media and other digital channels. Led by Demetrio Cardona-Maguigad, Strategic Design Director of LimeRed, this class will work on developing an informed, flexible, and agile social media strategy for your business.
HOSTING AN EVENT AT mHUB
mHUB has over 5000 square feet of premiere event space. Our large event space is perfect for networking events, panels, corporate meetings and gatherings. We also have several smaller classroom and conference rooms great for private meetings, classes/trainings, and small meetups. Every year mHUB hosts more than 300 events in our space. We see everything from meetup groups, to hackathons, to corporate networking events.
We host events that are compatible with our commitment to growth in the manufacturing innovation ecosystem.
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FOURTH REVOLUTION AWARDS
Thank you to those who joined us for our 2nd Annual Fourth Revolution Awards. The event saw over 300 attendees gathered to recognize corporate leaders, product developers, and small manufacturers. Your continued support of the region’s innovation in physical product development shows the power of this community. The ceremony culminated in the presentation of eight awards to deserving leaders, companies, and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the Chicago region's manufacturing ecosystem. All event sponsorship and proceeds supported mHUB and DMDII's programmatic initiatives including education, diversity and inclusion, outreach to small manufacturers, and scholarships.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenges ideas about what it means to be human. Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligience. It is a techological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
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