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.