Archive for October 3rd, 2013

REV3 Innovation Center Launching in DuPage County

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

REV3

 

 

Something exciting is coming to DuPage! (That is where we, Trossen Robotics, are. DuPage is a western suburb county to Chicago.) Choose DuPage is founding a unique center called REV3. Think of an incubator, hacker space, and Tech Shop all rolled together and that is what REV3 is. For local engineers who want to turn ideas into reality here is the juicy bit:

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

The center will also host lectures aimed at informing people how to get started in business, prototyping, 3D printing, engineering, electronics, and much more. It sounds like a dream place that I would never leave if I were fresh out of college again. Rev3 is currently taking applications for tenants (individuals & startups) as well as calling out for businesses and individuals in the community that can lend a hand as lectures, mentors, partners, resources… anything and everything. Creative entrepreneurial minds are needed.

To learn more or get involved visit their website: rev3dupage.com

 

Here is the full official Press release:

REV3 INNOVATION CENTER LAUNCHING IN DUPAGE COUNTY
Rev3 will be a center focused on encouraging entrepreneurial growth within DuPage County by providing a space and support network for companies to design, build and launch products

LISLE, IL, October 1, 2013 — Choose DuPage, an economic development agency dedicated to the attraction and retention of businesses to DuPage County, today announced plans for a new innovation center, Rev3. Named for the third revolution of digital technology, Rev3 provides a space for emerging companies and entrepreneurs to manufacture products, software and technology. The center will also act as a host for networking opportunities, including seminars and training sessions, in order to stimulate the local economy and allow business leaders to connect with other like-minded individuals.
“Rev3 will tap into the diverse business community located in DuPage County, with major companies residing in the technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, and healthcare space,” said Greg Bedalov, President and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Our vision is to allow entrepreneurs and business leaders to connect with like-minded individuals while manufacturing their products and developing software locally, thus stimulating the economy.”

The center, to be located in DuPage County, just 20 miles west of Chicago, will provide affordable access to a range of equipment and expertise that does not exist anywhere else in Illinois. With innovations like 3D printing, cloud computing and the open source movement, technology continues to evolve rapidly and Rev3 will help today’s technology pioneers find new ways to innovate in these and many other areas.

“The development of a center like Rev3 has been a long time coming in an area where there are already so many unique startups and innovators,” said Nic Zito, Business Services Director for Choose DuPage. “We are thrilled to highlight DuPage County’s talent and provide them with an environment to take their products from dream to reality.”

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

Rev3 will also host ongoing events and programs, providing both introductory and advanced lectures and seminars on topics relevant to starting and growing a technology business. The facility will coalesce around passionate entrepreneurs, whether they are developing businesses on their own or commercializing technology invented at one of the area’s many universities, federal laboratories, or established companies.

“The success of Rev3 will have a lasting impact on DuPage County and will serve to further the growth of local businesses, create jobs, increase exports and generate wealth. Our focus is on building and retaining financially viable businesses,” added Bedalov.

Rev3 is currently seeking prospective tenants for Rev3’s planning team. The team will help select the incubator’s location, develop the overall vision of the center and review design, equipment purchases and services offered. The center will be organized as a not-for-profit and encourages volunteerism and community support.

For more information, visit www.rev3dupage.com.

About Rev3
Rev3 is an innovation center that will be located in DuPage County, Illinois, and is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, develop software and build technology to drive the third industrial revolution. Rev3 will have a full complement of resources to allow companies to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products.

About Choose DuPage
Founded in 2005, Choose DuPage is dedicated to supporting municipal economic development initiatives, retaining and attracting businesses, marketing DuPage County as a premier global business location and addressing policy issues critical to the needs of business. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Choose DuPage was created to leverage this growth and continue its momentum for the benefit of County businesses and residents. Choose DuPage offers a variety of resources to help expand or relocate your business and is a reliable, accountable and professional economic development partner.