University of St. Francis Business Incubator



The University of St. Francis Business Incubator:
Where Great Ideas Are Born

The 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:

  • 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

*Services may be subject to change

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:


custom community creations logoCustom Community Creations:
A unique creative community made up of artisans who specialize in crafting visual messages through the utilization of a diverse art form.


E3 logoE3 Logistics System:
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.

Joliet United Soccer logoJoliet United Soccer:
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.

Cait's CakesCait’s Cakes
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.


Past Members:

Acer Report:
A credit reporting bureau that specializes in recording and reporting payment history of alternative credit lines. We empower consumers to ensure their “complete” credit profile is reviewed for credit decisions. We believe alternative credit deserves to be counted.

Don’t Quit:
DontQuit works to connect the student athlete with the world around them, while creating leaders for tomorrow. We produce clothing for the general public & the student athlete to wear with pride while representing their respective school & city.

Student Speakers:
Through our experiences working with minorities, and being minorities ourselves, we have encountered many heartfelt, inspirational, and empowering stories – all from students. We realized that these stories – these students – needed to be heard; the idea for Student Speakers was born.

“Student Speakers, LLC started as a student-led company that had the business model and drive to succeed, but lacked the office space and resources that gave other start-ups a major advantage. Thankfully, the USF Business Incubator provided not only space, but also financial advising, business mentorship, and professional networking that we needed to better navigate through the world of entrepreneurship, one that was very new to us.” – Laura Munoz, founder of Student Speakers

Premium Security & Associates:
Offers an extensive line of security and personal protection services. Co-Owned and Operated by a law enforcement professional with over 30 years of law enforcement experience and an administrative professional with over 10 years of leadership and business experience in a security setting.

Quasar Design:
Quasar Design offers high-quality design assistance, rapid prototyping, and 3D printing. We work with manufacturers, design firms and individual inventors. When you need it fast, we can help. If you’re on a tight timeline, we will work to meet your deadline. Let us put our experience to work for you.

An educational business to inspire and engage children and adults alike in the incredible world of science through hands-on curriculum, workshops & traveling exhibits. Sciexperience captivates audiences to explore the creation all around them.


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.

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