The Lab – Business Incubator

The goal of The Lab Business Incubator is to develop current and aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages, through rigorous accelerated business courses. The training is centered on a business model canvas, which includes plans for infrastructure, value propositions, customer segments, channels, relationships, and finance. We offered this program in two cohorts – morning and evening – four hours per week, for 16 weeks.

In addition to coursework, students are given opportunities for practical application and are connected to a community of volunteer coaches, mentors, business experts, and local entrepreneurs, and receive significant one-on-one feedback and guidance from consultants and professionals.

This class is currently closed.

The Bounce

The Bounce is our Logan Square retail accelerator that is offered to graduates of The Lab, to start or grow their business with affordable, low-risk leases of retail or office space. Retail leases and pop-up markets will be available for the duration of this project. Read about The Bounce.

Computer Classes

Workshops are provided for community entrepreneurs that have an already established business or want to learn more about starting a business. The workshops are based on their need to promote their business online, find free resources online for their business, and learn new technologies that can be applied to improve business management. Also, they learn techniques in promotion and marketing using graphic design software such as Photoshop and InDesign.

Schedule: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we are currently only offering this service virtually.