DuPage Wants a Tech Incubator, Too

Published By: John Pletz, Crain's Chicago Business Tech incubators aren't just for city folks.

DuPage County is launching its own digital-tech incubator to be called Rev3.

Details are scant. The incubator, which will be spearheaded by the county's economic-development arm, Choose DuPage, doesn't have a location or sponsors yet. It's crowdsourcing much of the plan, though Rev3 appears to lean far more heavily toward tech-enabled manufacturing than its counterparts such as 1871 and Catapult.

The DuPage facility is looking for 50 startups, promising “to provide affordable access to a range of equipment and expertise that does not exist anywhere else in Illinois.”

Here's the pitch:

“Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small- and moderate-scale volumes of physical products and software before graduating on to a private facility. Services will include machinery, wood carving, electronics, 3D printing, laser cutting and meteorology. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding and product assembly."

 

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