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DePaul To Join Irving Park Tech Incubator 2112, 'Where The Magic Happens'

By Alex Nitkin | August 2, 2017 8:26am
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Programmers participating in a "hackathon" at 2112, the tech incubator founded in 2015 inside Fort Knox Studios, 4255 N. Knox Ave.
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CHICAGO — DePaul University's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center has added its name alongside more than 90 music and film start-ups by claiming space inside the arts-focused Old Irving Park tech incubator 2112, university officials announced Tuesday.

Under the new partnership, all DePaul students and alumni will be able to access a small office and attend business development workshops at the incubator, which opened in 2015 inside the 94-room music recording hub Fort Knox Studios, 4255 N. Knox Ave.

Launched in 2003 as an offshoot of the university's business school, the Coleman center connects students to courses and resources aimed at boosting their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Planting roots in 2112 will open options to students across a wider array of fields, according to Bruce Leech, the center's director.

"We have a lot of students studying music, computing, digital media and arts, who are trying to think creatively about entrepreneurship across those disciplines," Leech said. "If they can be part of a diverse team that mixes music or theater with business, and starts coming up with ideas, that's where the magic happens."

Scott Fetters, the director of the incubator, wrote in a statement that collaborating with DePaul "perfectly aligns with 2112’s vision to help define the future of the creative industries."