From peer learning and mentorship, to classes and workshops, entrepreneurs who become mHUB members have access to dynamic educational programming centered on business building and launch. Additionally, mHUB's technical staff and partners help members solve prototyping challenges, train on prototyping equipment and invest hours in one-on-one time to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their idea to sketch, and sketch to functional prototype.
Community: Harnessing Member Knowledgebase
mHUB leverages the depth and breadth of skillsets in our community and the collaborative nature of our members to facilitate programs that lift each other up. Member ideation sessions support a member of the community that would like to brainstorm on a problem, a design, or an idea. Pitch practice workshops bring members and colleagues together to provide direct feedback and guidance. Our members only mixers and social events connect the community and bring folks together.
Located in the most diversified manufacturing economy in the US, mHUB strives to provide our members with direct connections to manufacturers and suppliers within Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest at large. This continuously growing and evolving list is used to support our vision for the Fourth Industrial Revolution: What's Created Here is Made Here.
Shop Equipment & Staff Support
mHUB's prototyping shop is the product developer's dream. With more than $6M in prototyping equipment and dedicated technical staff onsite to support new and seasoned innovators, mHUB is here to support our members in any stage of product development. In addition to our wide range of equipment, mHUB has a covered dock for large shipments and a budding microfactory for onsite low-volume production runs.
mHUB's stage-based curriculum arms entrepreneurs with the fundamentals of developing a hardware physical product and turning that product into a sustainable hardware business. Through a variety of workshops and accompanying online resources, founders are able to navigate the stages of development and business -- Discovery, Delivery and Growth - and gain a practical understanding of customer discovery, product design, development and launch, fundraising, and growth/scaling.
mHUB mentors accelerate business development and growth. The mentorship program connects entrepreneurs with business and industry leaders with extensive experience in manufacturing innovation and cutting-edge technologies in addition to business development, sales and marketing, legal and financial sectors. Whether the entrepreneur has the technical expertise or the business experience, mentors help fill the skillset gaps and share knowledge on building and selling a product.
If you have questions about how to commercialize your hardtech solution, reach out or visit mHUB to learn how you can gain access to an entrepreneurial network that can support you through your startup journey.