Lewis Innovation Hub

Regional Business Incubator at Lewis University
 

START TO INNOVATE HERE.

The Innovation Hub offers three phases (Pursue, Launch and Scale), each with tailored resources and dedicated faculty advisors that will help you advance your business from one phase to the next.

Pursue >> Launch >> Scale

The customized support and services you receive during the incubation program are determined by your venture stage, your goals, and your entrepreneur experience. Prior to entering the program, you’ll complete an assessment to determine where Innovation Hub can offer the greatest support and the maximum impact.

The incubator offers a place to focus, collaborate, and be build, giving companies the leverage to move their business opportunity forward. Each company progresses through the program at their own rate, through a simple action oriented process.

PURSUE Your Passion

BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR A NEW BUSINESS VENTURE

We will help you:
  • Refine the market for the product or service
  • Conduct industry and market tests
  • Build a revenue model
  • Work to develop a prototype
  • Develop powerful messaging and content marketing
  • Identify and attract customers
LAUNCH Your Business

LEAD THE BUSINESS VENTURE FROM IDEA TO IMPACT

We will help you:
  • Develop and sharpen selling skills
  • Build relationships with suppliers
  • Define pricing and distribution channels
  • Recruit, hire, and manage employees
  • Create and perfect the investor pitch
SCALE Your Opportunities

TAKE AN ESTABLISHED BUSINESS VENTURE TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF SUCCESS

We will help you:
  • Identify local funding incentives
  • Create an advisory board
  • Create business partnerships
  • Develop a financial management plan

The Innovation Hub experience:

 

Startup Support

Expert Coaches and Mentors
Great startups need great advisors. We hold 1 on 1 coaching, and mentoring sessions with our network of professional services firms, and university subject matter experts.

Working and Collaboration Space
Designated shared office space and collaboration space is available. Some of the amenities of the building are:
  • A dedicated workstation
  • Lockable storage
  • Conference rooms
  • Access all day and late evenings, including weekends
  • Open, collaborative environment
  • Personal phone line, large monitor, color printer/scanner access
Workshops and Programs
Entrepreneur and startup focused workshops, networking events and programs covering range of topics including: strategy, funding, legal, sales, insurance and more.

Engaging with the local startup ecosystem
The Lewis Innovation Hub has connections and/or partnerships with many organizations including: the Women's Business Development Center, Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and local Chamber of Commerce.

Recruiting
Student employment recruiting services are available when the business is ready to grow.