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UMass Lowell Innovation Hub nears Completion!

The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub at 110 Canal St. in Lowell will open on June 1.  The 11,000 sq. ft. tech incubator/accelerator will connect tech entrepreneurs with the knowledge and physical resources of the University community.

The IHub includes a reception area, co-working space, private office space, conference room facilities and a prototype lab. IHub Director Tom O’Donnell, a visiting faculty in the University’s Entrepreneurship program is connecting with entrepreneurs from the region to ensure the facility meets the needs of the growing tech sector of Massachusetts.

While the furniture is on the way, the following photos (taken on May 7) will provide a good sense of how the space is laid out.

We would like to thank the Massachusetts Life Science Center, Mass Development and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for their support of this project.

IHub Reception

Entrepreneurs will be greeted in reception area, which includes private “phone booths” for connecting with clients and partners.

IHub Cafe and Lounge

The IHub Cafe is located to the left of the reception area. Once the furniture is in it will serve as a meeting space and lunch area.

IHub Co-Working

A large, open Co-Working space (with incredible views of the canal system and downtown) will accommodate 35 entrepreneurs. Wireless access, printing, copying, desktop electric and a conference room reservation system provides all of the office resources needed by an early-stage startup.

IHub Board Room

The IHub Board Room will seat 25-30 guests and includes large screen monitors, electronic white board and phone conferencing system. The glass walls open to accommodate pitch contests are other events.

IHub Offices

The IHub offers 12 private office spaces that can accommodate 2-3 entrepreneurs.

IHub Prototype Lab

The IHub Prototype Lab will provide 3D printing, materials cutting and related light modeling equipment.

Prototype Lab Interior

The Prototype Lab includes benchspace, light tools, 3D printing, and electronic assembly areas.

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