Frequently Asked Questions
Browse a list of common questions relating to mHUB membership, the facility, and general information.
How does membership work?
mHUB has a few different membership options which include a shared workspace membership, reserved desk membership, office space membership, and a customizable associate membership. Get more information about each membership package or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a person is accepted to mHUB and completes onboarding, orientation, and basic shop training, they become a full-fledged member. Membership is on a month-to-month basis with different options granting varied access to the suite of resources offered; including mHUB's prototyping labs, mentorship network, classes / curriculum, in-person and hybrid events, and more.
What are the membership rates?
- Hot Desk $350
- Reserved Desk $450
- Office $1,350
- Associate Membership - price varies due to customization options
Learn more on our Plans and Benefits page. We have a limited number of personal and team offices. Drop us a note through the Contact Us page to learn more.
How can I apply to be a member of mHUB?
How will startups be selected for membership?
mHUB is so excited to learn more about your work!
The review process seeks to identify the most promising physical product design innovators who demonstrate the potential to succeed in executing their vision.
What types of labs, workshops and tools are available at mHUB?
mHUB features unique fabrication centers to aid in product design and rapid prototyping, including:
We also have a microfactory for onsite low-volume production runs. Learn more about mHUB's physical resources in our Equipment and Prototyping Labs section.
*Please note that most machines at mHUB require additional training.
Can I bring in my own equipment?
Member equipment decisions are made on a case-by-case basis depending on size, location, usage, and storage needs. Member equipment needs to be stored in a rented garage or office space. The shop and membership team can answer any further questions.
Can I join mHUB even if I’m not working on something technical?
Yes! We are building a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem at mHUB, so whether you are working on projects ranging from hardware to consumer goods we have resources to support every type of person, company, or product that comes into our space.
Do members get automatic access to the Shop?
Only members who have completed safety training are allowed in the Shop, where the labs and equipment are. Shop Safety Training occurs weekly, so members have opportunities to gain Shop access on an ongoing basis. Training is generally 30 minutes to 1 hour and covers lab safety and how to use specific equipment.
Due to COVID-19, all shop trainings are now virtual.
Is there a material store on site?
The prototyping shop stocks a selection of commonly used materials available for members to purchase. We will refer you to the appropriate company in our supplier network for materials we do not stock.
There is a machine I want to use that you don't have, can you get it?
The shop staff is happy to learn about your equipment needs. Equipment purchases follow a yearly budget and capabilities are added when we identify significant member value.
Will mHUB build out my product for me?
What is mHUB HardTech Development (HD)?
mHUB HardTech Development provides manufacturers with access to highly skilled engineers, industrial designers, and developers with diverse backgrounds to support R&D, product development, process improvement and more. mHUB HardTech Development works with clients to understand challenges, prioritize and determine if working with us is the right fit. Since our pilot in 2018, mHUB HardTech Development has worked with over 60 unique clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies, developed more than 75 new products and numerous discovery, brainstorms and workshops. Visit mhubhd.com for more information.
Are materials included in membership?
Materials aren't included in membership, but we do have a convenient on-site materials store where members can purchase them. Our Shop staff can also guide members on the most cost-effective sources for any unique materials not on-site.
Are members allowed to have visitors?
Yes, members are welcome to have visitors in our Shared Workspace. Members also have access to book conference rooms to conduct meetings with members and non-members, alike. The Shop is the only space in mHUB off-limits to visitors (unless they are on-site for a scheduled tour).
Can I host my event at mHUB?
mHUB has over 5000 square feet of premier event space. Our large event space is perfect for networking events, panels, corporate meetings, and gatherings. We also have several smaller classrooms and conference rooms great for private meetings, classes/trainings, and small meetups. Every year mHUB hosts more than 300 events in our space. We see everything from meetup groups, to hackathons, to corporate networking events.
We host events that are compatible with our commitment to growth in the manufacturing innovation ecosystem.
How do I get involved with mentorship?
Interested in becoming a mentor at mHUB? Please provide some information about yourself by submitting a mentor inquiry and a professional from mHUB will be in touch soon!
How many startups can mHUB accommodate?
Does mHUB take equity in my company if I join as a member?
Who are the community players involved in mHUB?
The range of mHUB partners across the ecosystem is part of what makes this opportunity exciting:
Universities, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Illinois Tech, bring research and talent.
Manufacturers, such as our first corporate partners — GE Ventures, Marmon, The Chamberlain Group, AskPower, Wiegel Toolworks, will not only use our facilities, but also present industry-specific needs for our community of entrepreneurs to address.
Manufacturing associations — Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) and the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) — for instance, connect entrepreneurs to the manufacturing sector and help scale.
A robust entrepreneurial community of technologists, physical product development engineers and designers, and makers bring new ideas and processes to drive innovation.
Early-stage investors eager for opportunities will supply capital and support.
Education partners, such as Chicago Public Schools, develop STEM and Career Technical Education (CTE; formerly vocational education) skills in Chicago’s student population.
Neighborhood partners bring diversity to our community, including BWISE, NSBE, Women Tech Founders, etc.
Technology partners, such as Keysight, Argonne Labs and UL, provide members with access to software, research, tools and testing equipment.
What do the M's of mHUB stand for?
The Ms are purposefully ambiguous and represent many things related to our dynamic ecosystem. Think: Manufacture. Make. Machines. Markets. Mentor. Midwest. Members. Momentum.