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Hands-on Startup Accelerator for HardTech

Get early-stage startup funding and prototyping resources from the nation’s leading independent innovation center for hardware and product development.


6-month startup accelerator for new product development and commercialization

mHUB accelerator cohorts focus on demand-driven HardTech solutions for challenges in Sustainable Manufacturing, Industrial IoT, MedTech, ClimateTech, and EnergyTech. If you’re a high-potential, early-stage startup building a physical product or solution, this program is for you.

Applications to the mHUB 2023 Climate and EnergyTech Cohort are now open through July 12.

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Prototyping resources and early-stage startup funding

Startups in the mHUB accelerator are funded through the mHUB Product Impact Fund. They collaborate with corporate partners and are supported by sector-specific mentors. Participants have access to state-of-the-art prototyping labs in Chicago.

mHUB’s unmatched resources help exceptional startups turn their product ideas into scalable, sustainable businesses.


$175K Invested

Initial investment of $100K in cash and $75K in services, programming and hardware for 6.5% equity


6-Month Accelerator

Hands-on accelerated incubation with 18 months of follow-on support


$6M of Equipment

11 micro labs and state-of-the-art prototyping equipment


1000+ Innovators

Embedded in a thriving collaborative innovation ecosystem


55 Workshops

Robust curriculum led by technical and industry experts


#2 MFG Region

Deep network into U.S. manufacturing supply chain

Accelerating disruptive HardTech in three key areas

Sustainable Manufacturing

mHUB fast-tracks diverse early-stage startups who have developed breakthrough solutions focused in IoT, predictive maintenance, machine-to-machine learning, edge computing, robotics, automation, quality control, equipment & warehouse monitoring, connected employees, and more.

Climate and Energy Tech 

mHUB accelerates Energy and ClimateTech startups focused on renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture & sequestration, battery and energy storage, natural gas efficiency and resiliency, circularity and sustainable energy supply chains.

MedTech Startups

mHUB invests in MedTech startups developing solutions in medicine delivery, remote patient monitoring, wearables, SmartHub solutions, chronic disease management, connected therapeutic devices, detection and diagnosis, drug delivery, and more.

mHUB Accelerator Industry Partners

Apply to the mHUB 2023 Climate and EnergyTech Accelerator

Startups can apply now through July 12, 2023.