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Innovation Center Boot Camp

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT) to Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

Event Details

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Tuesday, July 19
  • 9:00 - 12:00 | Part One: Understanding Innovation Centers & What you need
  • 12:00 - 1:00 | Lunch (provided with registration)
  • 1:00 - 3:30 | Part Two: Make your plan! Ideation & Discussion
  • 4:00 - 5:00 | Tour of Innovation DuPage
  • 6:00 | Dining Group (On your own)
Wednedsay, July 20
  • 8:00 - 9:00 | Breakfast (provided with registration)
  • 9:00 - 12:00 | Part Three: Other Things To Consider
  • 12:00 | Conclude

*Agenda specifics subject to change


NACCE is not hosting a room block at a specific hotel, below are recommended hotels within short driving distance to the College of DuPage campus. College of DuPage is located in the Naptrville area, outside Chiacgo

Flights & Driving Directions

  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is a 25 minute drive to the campus
  • College of DuPage Campus: 425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellen, IL 60137
Innovation Center Boot Camp: a step-by-step deep dive into developing, launching and running an Innovation Center

Community Colleges can benefit from the establishment of an innovation center on their own campuses. Innovation centers establish a physical space for the digital and physical tools and fruits of innovation.

Beyond conducting facilitated innovation centers in the space, colleges will oftentimes use an innovation center to showcase their own innovations or new products to employees, investors or even customers. 

But how do you go about starting an Innovation Center?
Attend this boot camp. 

Leveraging the learnings from College of Dupage's Innovation DuPage, participants will leave this event feeling equipped to engage with their institution with a plan started to start an Innovation Center.

Innovation DuPage (ID) is a non-profit venture that unites startup founders and small business owners with the people, resources, and programs that support their growth. During this boot camp, we'll unpack areas like: 
  • Types of innovation centres

  • Community needs assessment

  • Institution capabilities

  • Potential Partners

  • Leadership identification