Everything you need
to accelerate
your product solution

Get funding and prototyping resources from the nation’s leading hardtech innovation & product development center.


Explore EnergyTech

Energy, climate & clean tech changing the way we power the world. In partnership with Invenergy and Nicor Gas/Southern Company and supported by Evergreen Climate Innovations and Perkins Coie.

Explore MedTech

Cutting-edge medtech companies that have the potential to transform healthcare. With support from corporate partner Edward-Elmhurst Health Venture Capital.

Explore Sustainable Manufacturing

Next generation connected devices for sustainable manufacturing in Industry 4.0.

The Program Structure

Prototyping + Business Acceleration

Building a successful business takes a whole lot more than coming up with a cool product idea

    • What Problem Are You Solving
    • Customer Development
    • What Is Your Value Proposition
    • Building Your Hypothesis
    • Validating Assumptions
    • New Product Ideation
    • Proof of Concept
    • Sub-System Development
    • Prototype Roadmap
    • Low Fidelity Prototype
    • Functional Prototype
    • Design for Manufacturing
    • Supply Chain
    • Quality Control
    • Business Modeling
    • Financial Modeling
    • Unit Economics
    • Go to Market
    • Pilot Customers
    • The Art of Pitching
    • Investment Memo
    • Access to Angel and VC Investment
    • Legal Structure
    • Mentor Matching
    • Corporate Partner Access and Mentor
    • 24 Month mHUB Membership
    • Access to Prototyping Facilities
    • Access to Industry Networking Events

Program Timeline

Year 1Year 2

DiscoveryMonths 01–02

Design & DevelopMonths 03–06

DeliveryMonths 07–24

Member of mHUB, Mentorship, Corporate Access, Technical SupportMonths 01–24

Meet Your Acceleration Team

We’re a passionate bunch of operators, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors and industry leaders with the right know how to guide our teams from concept to prototype, to pilot, to market success.

Thierry Van Landegem

Executive Director, Climate & Energy Tech Accelerator and Smart Manufacturing & IIoT Accelerator

  • Team

Erin Amico

Chief Marketing Officer

  • Mentor

Deborah Brown

Manager, Mobile IoT

  • Mentor

Jacob Babcock


  • Selection Support Committee

Nelda J. Connors

Pine Grove Holdings, LLC

  • Mentor

Sonny Garg

Solutions Lead, Energy

  • Mentor

Brian Hand

Hand Capital, LLC

  • Mentor

Zach Kaplan

Chief Executive Officer

  • Selection Support Committee
  • Mentor

Mark Karasek

Adjunct Professor
McCormick School of Engineering
Northwestern University

  • Mentor

Karen Kerr

General Partner
Exposition Ventures

  • Selection Support Committee
  • Mentor

Ushma Kriplani

Interim Associate Laboratory Director, Science & Technology Partnerships and Outreach
Argonne National Laboratory

  • Mentor

Tushyati Maudgalya

Entrepreneur and Management Consultant in Manufacturing

  • Mentor

Isaac McCoy

Dean - School of Business, Entrepreneurship, and CIS
Stillman College

  • Mentor

Patricia Miller

MATRIX 4, Inc.

  • Mentor

Bill Ogden

Director, Supply Chain

  • Corporate Partner
  • Mentor

Johnny Park

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network

  • Mentor

Maureen Rinkunas

Innovation & Ventures Strategist

  • Mentor

Nik Rokop

Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Stuart School of Business
Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Mentor

John S. Thode

Clinical Professor
Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship
University of Illinois

  • Mentor

Brian Tolliver

Corporate Development and Strategy Leader

  • Mentor

David Weksel

Director, Strategic Growth

  • Corporate Partner
  • Mentor

Tony Wilkins

Managing Partner
Standing Oaks Venture Capital

  • Mentor

Jenny Xu

Business Builder & Investor
Z26 Partner

  • Mentor
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mHUB invests $75,000 in cash and $100k in services, programming, and hardware in a two-year, highly structured incubation program in exchange for 6.5% equity.

Potential incremental investment of up to $100,000 in convertible notes from participating corporate partners.

Fabrice Bonvoisin

Sustainable Manufacturing cohort
Technology Areas of Focus

Building a business is all about creating solutions to real problems.

mHUB’s corporate partners have a firsthand view of the industry challenges most in need of solving. That’s why each accelerator cohort has different partners supporting it who help in the product market fit. Partners provide invaluable industry intel, connections, manufacturing supply chain, pilots and investment opportunities. They will become your biggest supporters.

We are looking for breakthrough solutions focused Predictive Maintenance, Machine-to-Machine Learning, Edge Computing, Robotics, Automation, Quality Control, Equipment & Warehouse Monitoring, Connected Employees, etc. We’re excited to hear your ideas for where you see opportunity for disruption. See some challenge statements below.

Challenge Statements


Rethink the manufacturing value chain

Full Description

To improve the manufacturing value chain from design throughout distribution including every aspect of machine automation and robotics in industrial settings.


Improve endpoint security

Full Description

To improve endpoint security and device management in a variety of applications and domains.


Improve efficiency of
industrial IoT applications

Full Description

To improve efficiency and effectiveness of industrial IoT applications at the sensor and device level and at the edge computing level from an end to end perspective.


Find new IIoT applications for
new hardware devices

Full Description

To find new IIoT applications in a variety of industries that need an end to end solution perspective and a holistic value chain support.


Improve the efficiency of operational management

Full Description

To improve the operational efficiency of management and installation of cabling infrastructures within the connected enterprise, factory and industrial construction environment.


Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tools

Full Description

To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tools for designing, manufacturing, installing, upgrading and maintaining the electrical and network infrastructures within the connected enterprise, factory and industrial construction.


Improve the capacity, security and ease of use of infrastructures

Full Description

To rethink the capacity, security and ease of use of the electrical and network infrastructures within the connected enterprise, factory and industrial construction environment.


Streamline the electrical and network

Full Description

To streamline the specification cycle, procurement, material flow and installation of the electrical and network infrastructures within the connected enterprise, factory and industrial construction, aka smart construction.