More than a half-dozen idea factories are slated to open in Chicago over the next couple of years. Some are focused on scientific research, others on product design and development. All are hoping to contribute to the next generation of homegrown tech startups.
Most of the planned centers are coming out of the area's universities, which are eager to commercialize their research and meet growing demand from students and faculty for more entrepreneurship-related resources. But private-sector groups are jumping in as well.