Become a Member

Email us below to request an invoice with two payment options (PayPal or a mailed check).

• Become a CHARTER MEMBER by paying for two years now and getting a third year free plus special benefits in future years such as advance notice of our awards competitions, early tickets to events that may sell out, special cash awards only for Charter Innovation Hub Members and their startups, etc.

Large Innovation Hub Member (20+ startups)

(incubators, accelerators, co-working and maker spaces)

• Searchable shared information (contacts, connections, resources, events, mentors, news, funding opportunities, available space, open staff jobs)

• Best practices and next practices for strategies and operational procedures

• Expertise (written, audio and video about innovation hub and startup success - all archived and on demand - plus a database of mentors in 50 categories to contact and a member-help-member/ask an expert service for hub management questions and resources)

• Recognition and awards we give

• Trainings and events

• Resource lists

• Collaborations, partnerships, opportunities and relationships with our innovation hubs, their startups, our affiliates and Commercial Partner Sponsors to fill many roles:


     Marketing channels

     New markets

     Market research targets

     Projects & events

     Corporate partners

     Key employee hires



• Networking opportunities

• Be part of a statewide, regional and national voice about entrepreneurship and innovation

You’ll have access to info important to making your hub successful:
• Grant opportunities
• Best practices/next practices from the best in the business
• Opportunities created by the future’s automation, AI, machine learning, etc. that you’ll want to exploit
• Free/nearly free entrepreneurial education programs from national brands

You’ll also have access to info that generates success for your startups:
• 100+ startup success strategies to adopt that will rule the world in 2020 and after
• A library of expected Future of Work trends from the smartest think tanks in the world
• Investor lists (angels, venture capital funds, women, wealthy families, minority investors, corporations)
• Grant sources
• Competitions and awards for startups
• Cool tools
• Shortcuts to hire interns and new graduates from the major Illinois universities
• Our national initiative to bring out-of-state venture capital into Illinois

$1000 yearly

Small Innovation Hub Member (< 20 startups)

(incubators, accelerators, co-working and maker spaces)

• Every benefit available to a Large Innovation Hub Member

$500 yearly

Ecosystem Affiliate

(higher education entities, faculty, students, student clubs, economic development executives, chambers of commerce, SBDCs, venture capital funds, angel investor funds, etc.)

• Quarterly newsletter of news, events, sponsor discounts and information of interest

• Add your events to our calendar

• Join our advisory board or committees

• Be part of the conversation about startups and jobs

• Support our success

$99 yearly

Access Member

(investors, researchers and higher ed institutions)

• Investors can screen our members' housed startups

• Researchers can survey our members or their startups

• Higher ed institutions have access to startups that offer internships, information interviews, jobs, partnerships and participants for faculty research

$5000 yearly

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Carol Abrahamson

Founder & Executive Director

Carol at CarolAbrahamson dot-com


2500 North Annie Glidden Rd, Suite F

DeKalb, IL 60115​​