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we are university-led.

We are Innovate Springfield, a catalyst for creating a collaborative space and community where ideas ignite, businesses incubate, and social changemakers and entrepreneurs innovate.


We are Springfield's first and only university-led social innovation and business incubator. On August 1, 2018, Innovate Springfield became a part of the University of Illinois Springfield. Innovate Springfield is a unit of the Center for State Policy and Leadership.  Come visit us in downtown Springfield, Illinois, and keep scrolling to learn about what we do.


business incubation.

get your start-up off the ground

As an entrepreneur, you have two main goals: find a market niche and create a product or service that fills that niche. The job of our business incubation program is to help you and your ventures succeed.


At the business incubator, we offer high-quality programming and workshops, connect you to legal and financial consulting, and have a stellar community of entrepreneurs who are experiencing the same ups and downs you are. >> Learn more


social innovation.

healthy communities = innovation

Our Social Innovation Program advances the healthy development of Springfield-area community members by identifying, investing in, and spreading knowledge of high-impact, evidence-based social programs and services. We believe that healthy communities support innovation and growth, and that enacting our vision for a more innovative region requires us to think critically and creatively about how we can mobilize our community’s best resources in support of our neighbors who are most in need. >> Learn more



collaborative space 

Want to work in a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, but don't necessarily need incubation? You can still call Innovate Springfield your headquarters in our co-workspace. >> Learn more




yours, theirs, or ours, we love a good professional development event.

Innovate Springfield Events

External Events

Advisory Office Hours (members only) 


Click on the event to "add to your calendar" (except for office hours - those are available to iSPI members only).


There's a lot going on at Innovate Springfield.  

Check out our business incubation workshop page and sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out on anything.




Let us host your next business meeting or event.

Complete an event request form or email us to see if any of our 7,000 square feet of space will fit your needs.


get in touch

for real: we'd love to hear from you.

15 South Old State Capitol Plaza

Springfield, IL 62701