Case Western Reserve University to break ground on first phase of ‘innovation hub’

Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Written by Timothy Magaw.

Case Western Reserve University this fall will break ground on the first phase of what it described as a seven-story, 50,000-square-foot “innovation hub” where students and others can create prototypes that could eventually turn into full-fledged products.

The project is a component of the university’s $30 million Thinkbox program, which so far has raised almost $20 million from about 70 donors.

The initial Thinkbox pilot space — a 4,500-square-foot basement space featuring 3D printers, circuit-board routers and laser cutters — opened in 2012. Over the last 18 months, it’s been visited more than 50,000 times and incubated several student-led startups, including companies that market a fuel-cell powered bicycle and reusable rockets.

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Originally published June 18, 2014.

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