World Business Chicago (WBC), Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) and UI LABS released a request for information from potential partners of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub (the “Hub”); a physical focal point to engage in the development and utilization of new products, technologies and manufacturing process.

The key goals for the Hub include:

  • Increasing manufacturing business growth by accelerating the development and commercialization of new products through access to expertise, equipment, training, capital and customers
  • Advancing Illinois’ manufacturing innovation ecosystem by connecting physical product entrepreneurs, researchers, manufacturers, training partners and investors
  • Providing an entry point for manufacturers to learn about, access and test new technologies


World Business Chicago, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition and UI LABS


Responses due Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 pm CT


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World Business Chicago

Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago (WBC) drives Chicago’s economic growth. WBC collaborates to create jobs, cultivate talent, and put Chicago at the forefront of the global economy. A unique public-private partnership, WBC engages the region’s leaders to advance Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a member-driven, non-profit organization that harnesses the power of research and innovation to grow the state’s economy. Created by the State of Illinois 25 years ago, the ISTC drives public-private partnerships between industry, research universities, federal labs and government to increase research and technology-based investment, talent, awareness and job growth in Illinois.


UI LABS is a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative bringing Universities, Industry and Government together to define problems, design partnerships and deliver scalable solutions to tomorrow’s most important challenges. The creation of UI LABS was driven by an understanding of the need to bring together University + Industry to research, develop and apply solutions to critical economic and industrial challenges, and to attract and retain the best and brightest, enhancing Chicago and the Midwest as a destination for talent and technology.


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