COBHA Business Incubator

COBHA Business IncubatorThe USF Business Incubator is located in downtown Joliet, at USF’s St. Bonaventure Campus. Applications are now being accepted from startup businesses and entrepreneurs: click here for the application. Applications are typically reviewed once every spring and fall semester.

The Incubator provides...

  • Co-working environment between startups, community members, and entrepreneurial students
  • Events/lecture series promoting educational offerings for startups
  • Professional office location in downtown Joliet (located at 16 W. Van Buren Street in Joliet, Ill., across from the Rialto) for startups to begin/continue business activities

What will the startup receive?

Startups will receive the following services (services may be subject to change):

  • Desk space at University facilities in downtown Joliet
  • Connection to mentors
  • Access to university resources, faculty, students, interns and more
  • Access to free high-speed wireless internet in the incubator
  • Phone service in the incubator
  • Access to wireless printer/copier (printing/copy rates may apply).
  • Startups retain ownership of their personal property and intellectual rights

Startups will be required to:

  1. Submit application
  2. Upon acceptance into the incubator, sign an access agreement
  3. Provide a criminal background check and insurance
  4. Pay a small monthly usage fee (please contact us for details). The first year in the incubator is free, and all services are free to USF students.

Current Incubator Members

A unique creative community made up of artisans who specialize in crafting visual messages through the utilization of a diverse art form.

E3 Logistics System creates software for the logistics marketplace. The software is cloud-based and focused on helping organizations with large fleets of vehicles manage logistics and fleet maintenance. E3 applications merge traditional business processes with existing technology to create tools which allow businesses to do more with less.

A local soccer club with the mission to improve development opportunities for local competitive youth soccer players. The club offers regular practices with certified coaches and tournaments, teaching young players teamwork, discipline, goal-setting, and the mindset that hard work leads to success.

All of Cait’s Cakes’ business mainly comes from word of mouth, allowing the founder, Caitlyn, to fulfill orders of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other sweets for her customers. Caitlyn completed her associate degree in baking and pastry arts from College of DuPage, continuing her education to receive her bachelor’s in entrepreneurship at University of St. Francis. She hopes to gain further work experience to help her open a storefront for Cait’s Cakes.

Incubator Mission 

The St. Francis Incubator supports the economic development of the region by fostering new business development; a secondary aim of the incubator provides students from St. Francis and neighboring junior colleges entrepreneurial education in a lab setting.

More Information

For more information, contact Dr. Bonnie J. Covelli at 815-740-5071 or or Dr. Orlando Griego at