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DePaul University joins 2112

Music, film, creative and tech industry incubator lands first university member

overview of 2112 incubator space
2112 is a music, film/video, creative and technology incubator in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood. (DePaul University/Kathy Hillegonds)

CHICAGO — Higher education and music innovation are intersecting in Chicago as DePaul University joins 2112 – the first of its kind music, film and technology incubator on the city’s Northwest Side. The arrangement, led by DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center with support from the College of Law, College of Computing and Digital Media, and the School of Music, will allow all students unprecedented access to resources, industry experts and customized programming at 2112’s 20,000-square-foot Portage Park facility.

“No matter what business or career you enter, the skill sets of entrepreneurship and innovation are important for sustainable success,” said Bruce Leech, executive director of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business. “We believe by joining 2112 we will reach a more diverse group of DePaul students and alumni who are interested in starting a business in these areas.”

Bruce Leech, Abigail Ingram, Amor Montes de Oca, Scott Fetters
Bruce Leech, left, and Abigail Ingram of the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul with Amor Montes de Oca and Scott Fetters, right, of 2112. (DePaul University/Kathy Hillegonds)
Located within the 160,000-square foot B2B creative industry ecosystem of Fort Knox Studios, 2112 is Chicago's first incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs and disruption in music, film/video and creative technology. 2112 member businesses include intellectual property and immigration lawyers, marketing and consulting firms, technology developers and film production companies.

“Providing DePaul University students with educational resources, physical workspace and real world industry experience perfectly aligns with 2112’s vision to help define the future of the creative industries,” said Scott Fetters, director of 2112. “It’s a privilege for 2112 to support DePaul's long-standing commitment to its students.”

DePaul will have an office at 2112 for classes and meetings, which will provide networking and collaboration opportunities for students and alumni interested in developing and launching businesses. In addition, DePaul faculty will be resources for 2112 members seeking advice, Leech added.


DePaul University Media Contact:
Lorene Yue

2112 Media Contact:
Ryan Arnold