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mHUB is the nation’s largest independent HardTech and manufacturing innovation center. From concept to prototype to production, mHUB removes the barriers for hardtech entrepreneurs and manufacturers to commercialize new physical products and increases the probability of building a sustainable business. Since launching in 2017, the mHUB community has generated more than $1.14B in revenue, launched more than 1,502 products, and hired more than 5,193 employees.

mHUB is gaining global recognition for building upon assets of the Midwestern region to create a HardTech heartland. The mHUB community is impacting innovation in smart manufacturing, Climate Tech, Energy Tech, MedTech, AgTech, and more, collectively raising over $1.49B in capital in a just a six-year period. 

Recently, mHUB announced its acquisition and build out of a historic manufacturing facility in Chicago's Near West Side, a project that will increase mHUB’s prototyping resources, testing facilities, offices, and convening spaces, making mHUB the largest independent manufacturing innovation center in the country.

Track mHUB's journey over the years in the articles and announcements linked on this page. Interested in covering a story on mHUB? Contact us!


At mHUB, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announces plan to make Chicago quantum technology capital
Published: April 1, 2024


Governor JB Pritzker cuts the ribbon at the new mHUB Innovation Center in Chicago at 1623 W. Fulton St.

mHUB Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1623 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL.

Press coverage from:   FORBES CBS2 Chicago Sun-Times  |  Chicago Business Journal

Published: December 12, 2023


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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson & World Business Chicago Announce Inaugural Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Climate-Tech
Published: August 7, 2023

THE FIRE AWARDS: 50 companies igniting Chicago tech
Published: July 17, 2023

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mHub opens much bigger facility to kick Chicago startups into high gear
Published: May 8, 2023

mHUB Announces Expansion into New $50M Innovation and Commercialization Center
Published: April 28, 2023

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MHub makes move to Chicago's Near West Side official with $50 million deal
Published: April 27, 2023

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Manufacturing innovation center mHub buys historic factory building on Near West Side with plans to relocate
Published: April 27, 2023


Chicago nonprofit touting potential of Midwest space industry
Published: March 15, 2023


2022 Fire Awards Blazer Winners Named
Posted: December 27, 2022

TIF Proposed for Advanced Manufacturing Incubator

Published, December 14, 2022

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Public money powers manufacturing incubator mHUB’s growth
Published: November 14. 2022

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Manufacturing incubator headed to $32M Ashland Avenue office
Published: November 4, 2022


The Economist: Midwestern states want to become "hard-tech" hubs
Posted: February 22, 2022

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WGN Radio: Meet the CEO of mHUB, who helps people build their businesses
Pubhlished: December 21, 2021

Forbes: Why Chicago Became A Top 3 Start-up City in 2021
Published: December 16, 2021


Crain's Chicago Business: Illinois clean-tech projects in the running for $100M from feds
Published: December 13, 2021


Chicago Tribune: Chicago manufacturing incubator among 60 finalists named by Biden administration for $1B in grant money 
Published: December 13, 2021


TechCrunch: The Chicago Model: Building a global innovation powerhouse in America's heartland 
Published: December 9, 2021


Chicago Sun Times: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Chicago to mark U.S. reopening to vaccinated international travelers
Published: November 8, 2021


Crain's Chicago Business: Federal funding comes to boost Chicago's tech economy 
Published: October 4, 2021

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Medium: Why The 2020s Will Be An Era Of Atoms, Not Bits
Published: August 23, 2021

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MedCityNews: Leading hardtech innovation center mHUB opens MedTech accelerator for medical device startups 
Published: August 16, 2021


Fast Company: As techies flee Silicon Valley, Chicago jostling to be the next unicorn machine 
Published: July 17, 2021


Department of Energy: EPIC Prize Winner - mHUB 
Published: July 15, 2021


Chicago Sun Times: Billion-dollar babies: Chicago sees more tech success 
Published: July 4, 2021


Forbes: Why Chicago May Be The Best City Find A Tech Job
Published: July 1, 2021


Health News Illinois: Baxter, Edward-Elmhurst Partner with mHUB on MedTech Accelerator Program 
Published: June 4, 2021 


Crain's Chicago Business: Big health care names team up on new medtech startup 
Published: June 3, 2021


Chicago Inno: 3 tech hubs land $2.8M to create startup jobs in Chicago
Published: May 28, 2021


Crain's Chicago Business: Supply chain squeeze: It's not just about computer chips and cars anymore 
Published: May 7, 2021


Crain's Chicago Business: Would you move your startup in a pandemic? 
Published: May 5, 2021


Crain's Chicago Business: Chicago leads a fourth Industrial Revolution 
Published: March 18, 2021


Plant Services: It's never too late to embrace digital manufacturing 
Published: March 16, 2021


Crain's Business Chicago: How startups factor into the recovery
Published: December 9, 2020


Inc.com: How Chicago's Startup Ecosystem Is Meeting the Covid-19 Challenge
Published: December 1, 2020


Forbes: Industry 4.0 Will Help Fuel Economy Post Election
Published: Thursday, November 12, 2020

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ImpactAlpha: Chicago’s mHUB raises $5 million to build an inclusive ‘hardtech’ ecosystem
Published: Thursday, November 12, 2020


Chicago Inno: mHUB launches accelerator and resources for U.S. hardtech startups
Published: Monday, November 9, 2020


Thomas Insights: Shifting from Vision to Value: The Path to Scaling Smart Manufacturing
Published: Thursday, October 29, 2020


BuiltinChicago: Illinois Is the Nation's Second-Largest Manufacturer. mHUB Aims to Make It No. 1 
Published: October 23, 2020


MarketWatch: Fed's Evans says fiscal and health policies more important now than further central bank action 
Published: October 20, 2020


ThomasNet: Chicago Manufacturing Hub Announced Hardtech Startup Accelerator
Published: October 13, 2020


Make:cast - Matching Talent to Opportunity at mHUB Chicago
Published: Thursday, October 8, 2020


Chicago Inno: 2020 Inno On Fire
Published: Thursday, October 8, 2020


Bootstrapping in America: Steve Koch & Mark Tebbe of mHUB
Published: Monday, September 28, 2020


Chicago Inno: mHUB launches accelerator for 'hard-tech' startups
Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Daily Herald: Preparing Illinois for the fourth industrial revolution
Published: Friday, September 18, 2020


Chicago Inno: mHUB lands $1.3M grant to connect hardware innovators with corporate R&D projects
Published: Thursday, September 17, 2020


Venture Capital Journal: mHUB garners over $5M for $15M-targeted fund 
Published: August 27, 2020


Crain's Chicago Business: Sam Zell invests in manufacturing incubator's VC fund 
Published: August 27, 2020


Chicago Sun Times: Pandemic shows the need for an American manufacturing revival that Chicago could lead
Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Chicago Inno: 3 Chicago tech hubs land $1.55M to support Covid solutions 
Published: May 27, 2020 


Health News Illinois: mHUB, MATTER, and 1871 Raise $1.55M in Funding to Mobilize the Chicago Tech Community to Fight COVID-19 
Published: May 27, 2020


Forbes: How Chicago is becoming the Frontline of Innovation 
Published: April 14, 2020 


Chicago Sun Times: Pandemic's pall over Chicago economy won't depart quickly 
Published: April 13, 2020


BBC News: Coronavirus: I'm using my pizza oven to toss masks for nurses 
Published: April 10, 2020 

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AmericanInno: mHUB Making Face Shields for Chicago Doctors on Front Lines of Coronavirus 
Published: March 30, 2020


Forbes: Chicago Companies Are Stepping Up To Take Down Covid Chaos
Published: March 27, 2020

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AmericanInno: Chicago Tech Steps Up During Coronavirus
Published: March 25, 2020


Plant Services: Matchmaking for manufacturers - Connecting manufacturers, researchers, and entrepreneurs
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Verena Solutions Utilizes EOS Technology and TRACEam to Manufacture at mHUB
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2019


Chicago Inno: 50 on Fire including mHUB

Published:  Thursday, September 26, 2019


ITA Takeaways: The Next Wave of Innovation - Physical Products
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2019


Illinois News: Pritzker Administration makes first overseas trade mission to Japan
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2019


Impakter: mHUB Raises $15M to Innovate Chicago’s Manufacturing Industry
Published: Friday, August 23, 2019


Meet XPRIZE Finalist Team & mHUB Member Company Skydra
Published: Monday, March 26, 2018


How this startup would revolutionize a 165-year old medical device
Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2018


ChicagoInno: 18 Chicago Startups to Watch in 2018
Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Crain's Chicago Business: "You may be recharging your phone with its technology right now"
Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017


Daily Herald Business Ledger: "The Evolution of Illinois Manufacturing with mHUB"
Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017


VentureBeat: "Lystr will make sure you never forget the milk"
Published: Thursday, October 5, 2017


University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship Blog: "Alumni Profile: Haven Allen, Executive Director at mHUB (MPP '13)"
Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017


Innovative Tech Hub Aims to Transform Manufacturing
Published: March 2, 2017