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.
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
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
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
Innovate Springfield Events
Advisory Office Hours (members only)
Click on the event to "add to your calendar" (except for office hours - those are members only and must be made through an internal sign up).