Leveraging technology to respond to COVID-19

Our community needs help, solutions, and capacity right now in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Raise your hands and join mHUB, MATTER, and 1871.

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Are you working to fight COVID-19?

I'm an innovator

Do you have a technology solution that could help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on patients, healthcare providers, frontline workers, or the larger health system? Raise your hand to pivot and fight this pandemic. We’ll connect you to the right folks on the front lines.

I CAN HELP

I'm a front-line expert

Are you a healthcare provider, scientist, researcher, policy maker, administrator, or anyone on the front lines of mitigating this disease? Tell us what the most critical challenges are and we’ll mobilize the tech and innovation community around solutions.

THESE ARE MY NEEDS

I'm a manufacturer with capacity

Is your company interested in supporting the production and manufacturing of crucial supplies and components that could have a direct impact in fighting COVID-19? If so, please complete this form

I CAN PRODUCE

I'm a supplier

Manufacturers across the region are ramping up production of critical medical and personal protective equipment. The supply chain is a critical component of this work, so get in contact with the manufacturing network to support production if you are a supplier of critical materials like elastic, plastic, filter material and others.

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Stay informed, access solutions, source funding

Stay up-to-date with announcements and the stories of innovators leading the way in the fight against COVID-19. Additionally, find open calls for and solutions by innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineers. Finally, research what funding is available for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.


Press and News

Stay up to date with news and announcements about the CPR COVID-19 initiative.

Chicago Ideas: Chicago Start-Ups Join Forces to Supply Vital PPE

Workers on the front lines, essential agents in the fight against the ravaging effects of COVID-19, need to protect themselves so that they can continue to treat the ill and infirm. With a shortage of equipment for doing just that, anxiety about the fallout shot through Chicago’s healthcare community. Leaders in Chicago’s entrepreneurial world didn’t stand by idly.

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Betsy Ziegler on Bootstrapping in America, Talking Collaboration to Fight COVID-19

Betsy Ziegler is the CEO of 1871, which is the #1 Private incubator in the world. They are home to ~400+ early-stage, high growth digital startups and count 670 alumni still operating. Recently they announced a partnership with mHUB, the world's fastest-growing physical product innovation center in the nation, and MATTER, Chicago's healthcare incubator, & accelerator, to seek solutions to combat the COVID -19 pandemic.

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BBC covers guerrilla efforts to produce PPE in Chicago

In some cases, hospitals are reaching out directly. Haven Allen is the CEO and co-founder of MHub, a non-profit manufacturing firm that after shutting down its 63,000-square-foot facility last month, is now using its equipment, materials and idle engineers to help Chicago-area hospitals get supplies.

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Forbes: Chicago Companies Are Stepping Up To Take Down Covid Chaos

As the coronavirus has completely upended “business as usual,” Chicago-based companies are coming up with ways to innovate and offer customer-oriented solutions. After all, this is a time, if any, to bring something new to the table, and we’re seeing it happen in real-time across multiple industries, from technology and health and wellness to food and beverage, supply chain, and beyond. I recently reached out to my network to see what they’re doing to adapt — or better yet make a difference — during these uncertain times.

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American Inno: Chicago Tech Hubs Unite to Source Coronavirus Solutions

Chicago tech hubs and accelerators are coming together to find ways to fight the ongoing coronavirus crisis. mHUB, MATTER and 1871 revealed a website this week that’s aimed at recruiting ideas to fight the illness. The organizations said they plan to tap into their networks of industry experts, entrepreneurs and software developers to source ideas, including local companies like Jiobit, Impossible Objects and Manufacturing x Digital. The site also makes an open call for solutions from health officials, policy makers, advocates and other administrators.

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mHUB, MATTER and 1871 Join Forces to Mobilize Tech Community Around Solutions to COVID-19

Chicago’s leading innovation centers, mHUB, MATTER and 1871, are collaborating to mobilize the technology ecosystem around designing solutions that can directly support in the fight against COVID-19. The communities’ network of entrepreneurs, software developers, engineers, designers and industry experts provides a rich talent pool that can facilitate fast, new responses to front-line challenges affecting our populations. A website, seeking open calls for solutions from health officials, policy makers, advocates and other administrators, along with opportunities for innovators to share their solutions, is now live at CPR-Covid19.com.

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Fight Stories

Read the stories of innovators leading the way in the fight against COVID-19.

Rheaply: Pivot to Fight COVID-19

The PPE shortage is one of the most immediate threats to those on the clinical frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Rheaply, an 1871 Alumni Company, has created ERx, the Emergency Resource Exchange platform, to connect those who need supplies to those who have them. The goal is to move fast, come together, and support our frontline heroes.

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mHUB Members Pivot to Develop and Assemble Face Shields for Northwestern

Over one weekend, mHUB began working on a prototype for face shields to respond to a request from Northwestern. The team had a working prototype within 2 hours – and pilots in hospital by Monday. A week later, the first shipment of 500 was in the hands of frontline healthcare workers at Northwestern.

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Open Calls

There are open calls for innovators, entrepreneurs and engineers across the region. Raise your hand to get involved in the fight.

Crowd Funding Campaign Launched to Support Medical Equipment & PPE Innovation

Entrepreneurs working to develop low-cost, efficient and quickly scaleable solutions for vital medical devices and personal protective equipment launch GoFundMe to support efforts. Funds will be used to purchase individual components like hoses, pumps, and filters and activate 3D printing facilities to print custom components.

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White House Request for Supply Production

The White House has reached out to the National Association of Manufacturers to seek volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce within two weeks large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Respond if you are able to help with production >>

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Pandemic Response Hackathon

The Pandemic Response Hackathon is a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. Our goal is to bring public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic. Hackathon projects will be formulated and judged by an interdisciplinary panel of public health, health IT, and policy experts.

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Available Technology to Support The Fight

See existing solutions with the potential to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

mHUB start-up solutions fighting COVID-19

Across the country, companies and entrepreneurs are pivoting to develop and accelerate technologies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. In March, we put out an open call in collaboration with 1871 and MATTER to rally the tech ecosystem around fighting Coronavirus. The energy and enthusiasm we've seen in response is inspiring and we're continuing to talk to entrepreneurs, front line experts, civic leaders and influencers every day to accelerate the development of life-saving technology. See below for a list of new products and existing technology from mHUB with direct application to challenges posed by the pandemic.

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MATTER start-up solutions fighting COVID-19

Many MATTER member companies are developing solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a growing list of companies who are changing retooling, accelerating, and providing to get ahead of this pandemic.

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Open Source Face Shield Design

mHUB has pulled together a team of engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost solutions to quickly increase the supply of ventilators. These solutions will include both hardware and software technologies. There is an open call to medical partners, local hospitals and greater community for problem statements and challenges around prototyping and manufacturing new technologies to support patient care, testing and worker safety. Submit problem statements or ideas >>

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Low-cost Ventilator Solution

mHUB has pulled together a team of engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost solutions to quickly increase the supply of ventilators. These solutions will include both hardware and software technologies. There is an open call to medical partners, local hospitals and greater community for problem statements and challenges around prototyping and manufacturing new technologies to support patient care, testing and worker safety. Submit problem statements or ideas >>

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Available Financial Support For Small Businesses

Support is available at the city, state and federal levels for small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Find out where to access it and what might apply to you.

Small Business Administration Disaster Relief Loans

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. All affected small businesses and nonprofits can apply now.

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Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

Mayor Lightfoot announced a $100M economic relief package to support the city's small businesses that are experiencing a loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

The State of Illinois is soliciting feedback about what small business owners need most. Information obtained by this survey will only be used to assist in requesting an economic injury disaster declaration from SBA and identifying greatest areas of need. Take the survey now>>

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