Celebrate Innovation DuPage’s Grand Opening May 22

By: Brian Kleemann

Innovation DuPage

The community is invited to the grand opening of Innovation DuPage’s new headquarters from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St. in Glen Ellyn.

The newly renovated 8,500-square-foot center will feature space for start-ups and early-stage businesses to share ideas, grow, learn, and develop public and private partnerships. College of DuPage initially developed Innovation DuPage with Choose DuPage and the Village of Glen Ellyn, and the new headquarters provides a central location near public transportation that will attract entrepreneurs from the region.

Innovation DuPage Board Chair Joseph Cassidy said the new space finally provides a home to a venture that will impact regional economic development.

“IDHQ establishes the epicenter of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem in downtown Glen Ellyn, bringing together new and experienced entrepreneurs, academic and research partners, student interns and employers, as well as private and public sector entities, that support collaboration over strict competition,” he said.

The new space also includes the Business Development Center (formerly the College’s Center for Entrepreneurship), which houses the Illinois Small Business Development Center, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Illinois International Trade Center.

Cassidy said having both Innovation DuPage and the Business Development Center under the same roof provides tremendous benefits for local entrepreneurs.

“COD’s Business Development Center has decades of demonstrated results in support of regional business,” he said. “ID expands the scope and increases the partners focused on this work. Together, the total team can work with entrepreneurs from very raw ideation through to mature companies looking to grow jobs, launch new products and service, or those looking at acquisition.”

Innovation DuPage is collaborating with a number of regional organizations and educational institutions, including Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab, Benedictine University, Northern Illinois University, North Central College, Elmhurst College, DeVry University, Indiana Tech, Community Unit School District 200, DuPage High School District 88, Chamber630, Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce, West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce, Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce, County of DuPage, Village of Woodridge, workNet DuPage, Illinois Small Business Development Center, Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Illinois International Trade Center, MACLYN, and Glen Ellyn Bank and Trust.

Travis Linderman, managing director of Innovation DuPage, said the new space will maximize work space and access to resources.

“IDHQ is designed to serve a diverse cross-section of entrepreneurs,” he said. “Companies that choose to access the resources, working environment and connections that Innovation DuPage provides will find their growth jump-started in a way that is collaborative and faster than going it alone.”

Innovation DuPage empowers, inspires and informs entrepreneurs by focusing on educational, governmental and private sector resources and expertise in support of job creation and economic growth. Learn more at InnovationDuPage.org