CHICAGO (AP) The state of Illinois will provide a $2.5 million grant to help open a center for medical technology startups in downtown Chicago.
Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce the project during his State of the State address Wednesday.
Dave Roeder is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He says the center will be a place for entrepreneurs and prospective investors in medical technology to seed new companies. It’s expected to open later this year.
Roeder says the center will be modeled after 1871, a Chicago hub for digital startups that officials say created 800 jobs its first year.
The project also will receive a $1 million loan from either DCEO or the Illinois Finance Authority.