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Global Ties to Chicago Grow as International Teams Locate to mHUB

CHICAGO – Startups with ties to more than 7 countries have located or relocated to mHUB in the past two years as Chicago continues to gain momentum as a destination for innovation in product development and manufacturing. 
Companies have joined the community for access to mHUB’s robust prototyping and training resources, as well as its network of nearly 1,000 innovators, entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, and manufacturers. In addition to organic location, connections to these global companies were established through collaboration between mHUB and trade organizations and chambers of commerce, including the Italian Trade Agency, French American Chamber of Commerce, and others. 
“We have watched this community grow from 30 to more than 1,000 users in just over two years,” said Haven Allen, CEO and co-founder of mHUB. “Awareness is growing of the value of not only our resources, but also of this community and talent pool, and we’re thrilled to see Chicago’s potential in product innovation reach more teams across the globe.” 
Since the peak of the industrial revolution, manufacturing has been a vital driving component of Chicago’s economy. By the end of the 19th century, the region’s manufacturing industry had made Chicago a globally-recognized city. Since that time, manufacturing has been an essential element in the region’s economy, and the recent boom in incubators and innovation centers position the city as a hub for R&D and manufacturing technology
“mHUB’s attraction of international digital manufacturing companies demonstrates Chicago’s historic and continued status as a global leader in manufacturing and technology,” said Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of World Business Chicago. “It proves that the world is taking note of the cutting-edge work taking place in Chicago, and we look forward to continuing to welcome companies from around the world to be a part of our dynamic innovation ecosystem.” 
mHUB, located in Chicago’s River West neighborhood is the nation’s largest and fastest growing product innovation center. Recently located or relocated global teams include:
  • 3D Hubs 3D Hubs

    Headquartered in the Netherlands, 3DHubs is the world's largest network of manufacturing services. The platform offers 3D printing, CNC Machining, and Injection Molding and operates a global network of manufacturing partners.

  • Gaston Mille Gaston Mille

    Gaston Mille, a premium brand for industrial safety shoes, has for more than 100 years designed, tested and launched the production of each of its models in the family factory of south of France.

  • Mark One Mark One

    Mark One, an Italian startup, produces customized 3D printers focusing on the research and development of technical solutions, innovative materials, and on the integration of 3D printing in the work environment.

  • mixartista Mixartista

    Mixartista, an Italian company, has created a patented robotic bartender that is technologically and aesthetically innovative, and ultimately designed to prepare perfect cocktails in line with the latest trends in mixology.

  • Revtech Process Systems Revtech Process Systems

    Revtech Process Sytems, based in France, specializes in manufacturing industrial equipment for the pasteurization, roasting, and heat treatment of dry ingredients and chemical products.

  • Markforged Startchy

    Startchy, a Lebanese-American company, creates an all-natural, edible coating solution that can be applied to fruits and vegetables to extend shelf life.

  • 3D Hubs Koa

    Changing bed sheets can a frustrating, energy-sapping chore. Koa, based in the United Kingdom, has been busy building an innovative duvet cover that takes the hassle out of changing the sheets on your bed.

  • Powermatic Technologies Powermatic Technologies

    Powermatic Technologies is an intelligent power management solutions developer and manufacturer with operations spreading from the Middle East and Africa to Europe.

  • Neopenda Neopenda

    Neopenda, with presence in the U.S. and Uganda, employs user-centric design to create affordable medical solutions that benefit underserved populations, enabling high quality patient care.

mHUB is continuing conversations with additional global teams through agreements with other countries. Last week, mHUB announced a partnership with Korea SMEs and Startup Agency (KOSME), to provide programming and resources for Illinois and Korean product-based startups looking to enter global markets. 
Chicago is the ideal place for product innovation to thrive with its central location, an unmatched talent pool, strong supplier connections, proximity to the heart of American manufacturing and agriculture, and the most diversified economy in the U.S. Recent announcements about mHUB’s Product Impact Fundand accelerator program will continue to draw more teams to the region generating talent and innovation, and ultimately positioning the Midwest to lead the fourth industrial revolution.