Innovation centers, incubators, makerspaces, design schools

This page is a list of links to university and private innovation centers and business incubators and to a variety of makerspaces

US Universities

UW-Madison Morgridge Rapid Protyping Center

UW Madison Internet of Things Lab

University of Maryland Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship,

Texas A&M Engineering Innovation Center

University of Chicago Innovation Exchange -

Gateway Technical College Fab Lab

Purdue Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL)

University of Southern Califormia Undergraduate Innovation center and Fabrication lab

Nuvention at Northwestern

Harvard Innovation Lab

Duke University Innovation Co-lab

Lawrence University Innovation and Entrepreneurship program

Georgia Tech version of Garage Physics and Invention Studio "Creativity, invention, and innovation are values championed as central pillars of engineering education. However, university environments fostering the kinds of open-ended design- build projects that embody these values are uncommon and, to the extent that they do exist, are underutilized. The Invention Studio, a free-to-use, 3,000 square-foot maker space and culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is such an environment. There, 500 student users per month hang out, create things, meet, and mentor each other for at least 25 courses as well as independent projects. The Invention Studio is managed and maintained by an undergraduate student group with support from the university. Herein, we describe the motivation, organization, facilities, outreach, safety, funding, and challenges as well as its primary uses and impacts on student users. These facilities, infrastructure, and cultural transformation are demonstrating the value and sustainability of hands-on, design- build education to stimulate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in engineering undergraduates." (The Invention Studio: A university maker space and culture." Craig Forest, Georgia Institute of Technology, NCIIA 2014 San Jose) ( watch mini presentation at minute 27)

North Carolina state Garage and proposed innovation center

Stanford Fablab

MIT Fablab to make anything

MIT innovation initiatives and

Colorado University Innovation Hyperlab,

U. Penn Ed. Tech Incubator

University of Florida Innovation Academy

University of Florida Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development,

Florida Innovation Hub


Milwaukee School of Engineering Rapid Prototyping Center

Virginia Tech Dreams Lab

Pittsburg Human Engineering Research Lab "The Human Engineering Research Labs (HERL) are often referred to as an innovators’ playground by developing trainees and seasoned professionals alike. HERL boasts a 40,000 square-foot space including 15,000 sq ft of open lab space and a 10,000 sq ft machine shop with state-of-the-art machining, welding, rapid prototyping and electronics design and fab- rication facilities and equipment. What makes this space special is the inclusive environment that it creates—all spaces are communal, meaning no space is principal investigator specific, and fully accessible for persons with disabilities. There are classroom spaces amidst the lab and machining equipment to optimize experiential learning opportunities. The lab is equal parts innovation- and training-driven, allowing everyone from high school interns to undergraduate researchers to graduate fellows to high school science teachers to military veterans to learn the fundamentals of user-centered rehabilitation engineering design." (Innovating for People with Disabilities, John Pearlman and Mary Goldberg, University of Pittsburgh, NCIIA 2014 San Jose)

Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design,

"In 2009, the faculty of the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science created a strategic plan for advancing the school, with one of the three goals of the plan being to advance the culture of engineering on the Yale campus. Central to this goal was the cre- ation of the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, a new 8,500 square foot space for instruction, fabrication and assembly to support curricular and extracurricular design activities. This paper details the concept for the center, its design and outfitting, and the success of the first year of operation in 2012-13. The paper discusses the princi- ples that guided the design of the center, the collaboration of colleagues at and beyond Yale to plan it, the creation of a community of design enthusiasts who actively use it, and the ways in which it advances the culture of engineering at Yale."(Designing the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design Vincent Wilczynski, Yale University, NCIIA 2014 San Jose)

University of Massachusetts Lowell -

UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, Merrimack College, and Northern Essex Community College: Merrimack valley Sandbox,

Rice Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (description at slide to minute 19)

UC Berkeley Design and Engineering Collaborative and Student Hub for Engineering Design, an open space for ideas

University of Texas at Arlington Fab lab

Carnegie Melon Integrated Innovation Institute

CMU's Integrative Design Arts and Technology (IDeATe) Network will launch in fall 2014. The university is introducing eight interdisciplinary minors that provide undergraduates the opportunity to learn through collaborative maker experiences in 30 new studio-based courses. Many of the courses will be taught in the new IDeATe@Hunt Collaborative Making Facility.

UCSC Open Lab

Cogswell Polytechnical College

Dayton University (Keen) initiative

Lawrence Technilogical University (KEEN)

Penn State entrepreneurship (Keen)

Cal Poly

Case Western Think[box]

Boulder Colorado Spark

Cornell POP shop

International universities

University of Toronto

Talks and news

NCIIA conference on entrepreneurship in higher ed

Pitch for learning lab/FabLab at school (Paulo Blikstein, in 21st century



MIT Museum

A talk on the place for Makerspaces in higher education that mentions UW Madison Garage Physics

Hackerspace challenge

Redesigning Education: Building Schools for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (and Art) (STEAM not STEM)

Connected learning

Summary of Fablab 2012 with links

Fritzing, an open-source hardware initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics.


Makerspaces and innovation centers

University Business Incubator Index Global Top List 2013


Wisonsin Institute for Discovery Rapid Prototyping Center


Makerspace: Madison Public Library sees innovation centers as a key part of its future

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Appleton (Fox Valley Technical College)

Oshkosh (Fox Valley Technical College, site #2)

Menomonie (University of Wisconsin-Stout)

Stoughton (Stoughton High School)


Chicago Public Library 'Maker Space': Branch To Open Lab With 3-D Printers, Laser Cutters & More,

Ann Arbor

NASA Research Park Singularity Lab

Sacramento Hacker Lab


Fablab Nuerberg

Fab Lab International

Global Fablab network

General list of hackerspaces

Libraries as makerspaces

Student org

Makerspace resources

Innovation Africa

Maker Faire

Open source hardware association

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