Chicago Tech Hubs Unite to Source Coronavirus Solutions


By Katherine Davis
Chicago Inno
3/20/20



In the beginning, the numbers looked grim.  

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. 

So far, mHUB, a manufacturing startup accelerator, says that it has pulled together a team of engineers and entrepreneurs to develop low-cost solutions to help address the country’s ventilator shortage. 

Earlier this week, 1871 CEO Betsy Ziegler launched what she’s calling the ZEO Support List, which aims to provide entrepreneurs with information from the Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and others that can help with financial education and support.
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