our flagship programs
Collecting high-quality data and research evidence and applying it in ways that increase the positive impact of social programs and services. Innovate Springfield's Social Innovation Program is a catalyst for building our community’s capacity to serve its most vulnerable residents as effectively as possible through the use of evidence-based programs. >> Learn more
Accelerating the growth and success of startup and early-stage companies by offering access to services and supports. Innovate Springfield's Business Incubation Program aims to support entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development through our collaborative space, office amenities, high-quality capacity-building programming, and community of entrepreneurs and expert advisors. >> Learn more
a little history
Our story starts way back in 2012 - the dot-com bubble had already burst and was beginning to swell again, Tesla Motors was about to release it's model S, and some folks started having conversations about how a social innovation and business incubator might actually work in Springfield, IL.
They doubled down on those conversations and sprung into action. Innovate Springfield was formed as a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in 2014. Board members were recruited, and a search for physical space and executive director began. We've been rockin' and rollin' ever since!
Innovate Springfield is proud to be the home of:
90+ Members (incubated, coworking, and students)
2 Entrepreneurial Support Organizations
1 Coffee Partner
4 Advisors offering office hours to members
8,000 zoom webinars