Innovators, young professionals, students and startups who elevate the entrepreneurial ecosystem attended the Lewis Innovation Hub Open House on October 3.

The Lewis Innovation Hub, a Regional Business Incubator, provides an avenue for entrepreneurial minds to expand their ideas into a fully-operating business. It offers access to equipment and resources that are not typically available to small businesses. Members can use a 3D-printing lab to construct prototypes of potential products as well as media equipment to help produce marketing materials. Hub clients are also mentored by Lewis University’s expert faculty and staff and are provided connections to the area’s Chambers of Commerce and other small business community resources.

“Our hope is that this Innovation Hub can be a place where entrepreneurs from all over the region can come and find support for their ideas utilizing the resources of our learning community. Our university was created through a land donation by two entrepreneurs, and we continue to operate in an innovative spirit today,” said Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.

Located in the Lewis University College of Business (101 Airport Rd.), the Lewis Innovation Hub is a combined initiative between the university and the Des Plaines River Valley Enterprise Zone, which includes Will County, Lockport, Romeoville, Joliet, and Rockdale.

“We’re thrilled a program that supports early entrepreneurs will be calling Romeoville home,” stated Romeoville Mayor John Noak. “The knowledge participants will gain here is sure to help them create and maintain a successful business.”

Visit www.hub.lewisu.edu/ for more information about the Lewis Innovation Hub, email hub@lewisu.edu or call 815-588-7419. 

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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