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mHUB Creates New Community Partnerships to Encourage Collaboration within Chicago's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

New partners include Bunker Labs, Catapult Chicago, Chicago Ideas, Illinois Technology Association (ITA), Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), Women's Business Development Center, Women in Manufacturing (Chicago Chapter), and Women Tech Founders


mHUB, the physical product innovation center that's galvanizing the manufacturing ecosystem and creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive, today announced partnerships with some of Chicago's leading trade and entrepreneurship organizations. The new agreements are designed to foster greater inclusion, engagement, and collaboration within the region's innovation ecosystem by creating shared resource and networking opportunities. Participating partners include Bunker Labs, Catapult Chicago, Chicago Ideas, Illinois Technology Association (ITA), Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)Women in Manufacturing (Chicago Chapter), and Women Tech Founders. The new partners join existing community partners, MATTER, 2112, and The Polsky Center.


The partnerships give partner community members access to many of mHUB's resources, including classes and programming, mentorship and entrepreneurial training, labs and equipment, and event space. In turn, mHUB members benefit from a wide array of partner services and resources as well as complementary programming that is beneficial to the needs of mHUB's physical product entrepreneurs. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to support sustainable new businesses within the Chicagoland region.


"We believe that a strong spirit of collaboration within the entrepreneurial ecosystem will only strengthen our collective community by allowing innovators to benefit from a wider set of resources, ideas, and expertise to help them grow their businesses," said Haven Allen, mHUB CEO. "We're excited to welcome the members of our new partner organizations into the mHUB community, and to help them take advantage of services and prototyping equipment."


"Having a resource like mHUB available to our community members does more than offer the opportunity to manifest their ideas into reality. It serves as a resource for building confidence," said Justin Walker, executive director, Bunker Labs HQ. "Knowing that they now have the tools to accomplish a goal is a powerful addition to helping people develop and pursue their goals. At Bunker Labs, we are excited to see what our community members will accomplish with such an incredible asset and partnership."


"We are thrilled to be expanding our partnership with mHUB," said ITA CEO, Julie Kanouse. "Although Chicago's tech scene has been thriving, to achieve the next level of growth and maturity as a community, it's imperative that we find ways to increase collaboration throughout the ecosystem. When networks are open, and knowledge is accessible, innovation can really take root."


"We are excited about the opportunity for our clients to access world class prototyping resources at mHUB, and look forward to bringing WBDC's services to the mHUB community," added Karen Goldner, managing director of established business services at Women's Business Development Center.


mHUB's 63,000-square-foot facility officially opened in March of 2017, and offers entrepreneurial programming and mentorship, along with a full product development environment, ten specialty labs including a 3D-printing lab, electronics lab, metal shop, and more. mHUB has attracted over 700 community members and 100 industry and community partners, and has quickly become the central hub for the region's vibrant manufacturing ecosystem.


About mHUB 

mHUB is creating the conditions for product innovation to thrive. Our mission is to galvanize Chicago's manufacturing ecosystem by generating innovative ideas, attracting world-class talent, and fostering collaboration. By providing access to labs and equipment, industry experts and entrepreneurial and technical training workshops, and a community of other product innovators, mHUB helps turn ideas into prototypes, and prototypes into sustainable new businesses that drive economic impact, and ensure the region's continued leadership in global manufacturing.


mHUB full-service, co-working memberships begin at $300 with several packages for early-stage entrepreneurs up through established enterprises, including part-time prototyping shop access, reserved desks, and private office rentals


For more information, visit www.mhubchicago.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on community partnership opportunities, email cynthia@mhubchicago.com.